Temporary residence permits; purpose of stay and nationality

Temporary residence permits; purpose of stay and nationality

Nationality Periods Ordinary permit by purpose of stay Family reunification / formation Total family reunification / formation (Number) Ordinary permit by purpose of stay Family reunification / formation Husband / wife (Number) Ordinary permit by purpose of stay Family reunification / formation Child under 18 (Number) Ordinary permit by purpose of stay Family reunification / formation Other family reunification (Number)
Total 2020* 28,870 12,585 11,690 4,595
Afghan 2020* 375 165 100 115
Albanian 2020* 80 35 25 20
Algerian 2020* 75 40 10 25
American 2020* 1,760 1,020 655 85
Angolan 2020* 30 5 15 15
Argentinian 2020* 100 50 25 25
Armenian 2020* 75 30 30 20
Australian 2020* 250 140 75 35
Azerbaijani 2020* 70 20 30 15
Bengali 2020* 90 55 30 5
Bhutanese 2020* 0 0 0 0
Bolivian 2020* 15 5 5 5
Bosnian 2020* 80 40 25 15
Brazilian 2020* 815 495 220 105
Burundian 2020* 15 5 5 5
Canadian 2020* 265 160 75 30
Chilean 2020* 70 40 25 10
Chinese 2020* 1,060 470 525 65
Colombian 2020* 230 130 40 60
Congolese 2020* 15 0 10 5
Congolese (Democratic Republic) 2020* 45 5 20 20
Costa Rican 2020* 40 25 5 5
Cuban 2020* 45 25 10 15
Dominican (from Republic) 2020* 105 25 25 55
Ecuadorian 2020* 30 15 10 5
Egyptian 2020* 425 175 180 70
Eritrean 2020* 1,465 15 1,075 370
Ethiopian 2020* 100 20 50 25
Philippine 2020* 560 335 150 80
Gambian 2020* 80 40 20 20
Georgian 2020* 30 10 15 10
Ghanaian 2020* 355 125 145 85
Guinean 2020* 55 5 25 25
Haitian 2020* 15 5 5 5
Indian 2020* 3,375 1,675 1,670 35
Indonesian 2020* 510 300 150 60
Iraqi 2020* 410 95 85 230
Iranian 2020* 545 365 150 30
Israeli 2020* 110 40 55 20
Ivorian 2020* 15 0 10 5
Japanese 2020* 595 265 320 10
Yemeni 2020* 90 15 50 30
Jordanian 2020* 55 30 15 15
Cape Verdean 2020* 35 10 10 15
Cameroonian 2020* 45 20 15 10
Kazakh 2020* 55 25 25 5
Kenyan 2020* 85 45 30 10
Kuwaiti 2020* 5 0 0 0
Kosovar 2020* 55 35 10 10
Croatian 2020* 0 0 0 0
Lebanese 2020* 90 45 25 20
Liberian 2020* 5 0 5 0
Libyan 2020* 5 0 5 0
Macedonian 2020* 70 30 30 10
Maldivian 2020* 0 0 0 0
Malaysian 2020* 80 40 30 10
Moroccan 2020* 1,440 820 220 395
Mexican 2020* 200 135 45 20
Moldavian 2020* 20 10 5 5
Mongolian 2020* 5 0 0 5
Myanmarese 2020* 10 5 5 0
Nepalese 2020* 40 20 15 0
New Zealand 2020* 70 45 20 5
Nigerian 2020* 270 75 105 95
Uzbek 2020* 15 5 10 0
Omani 2020* 10 0 5 0
Pakistani 2020* 350 175 145 25
Peruvian 2020* 85 55 15 20
Russian 2020* 855 500 305 45
Rwandan 2020* 15 5 10 5
Salvadorean 2020* 15 5 5 0
Saudi Arabian 2020* 60 15 40 0
Citizen of Serbia 2020* 205 100 80 25
Sierra Leonan 2020* 55 5 25 20
Singaporean 2020* 50 30 15 5
Sudanese 2020* 80 30 40 10
Somali 2020* 95 20 35 40
Sri Lankan 2020* 70 45 20 5
Surinamese 2020* 865 430 205 230
Syrian 2020* 1,825 140 1,400 290
Taiwanese 2020* 145 80 60 5
Tanzanian 2020* 20 5 10 10
Thai 2020* 350 255 70 25
Togolese 2020* 15 5 5 0
Tunisian 2020* 125 75 20 25
Turkish 2020* 2,635 1,545 875 215
Ugandan 2020* 65 15 30 20
Venezuelan 2020* 80 35 15 25
Vietnamese 2020* 210 125 65 20
Belorussian 2020* 125 75 50 5
Zambian 2020* 10 5 5 0
Zimbabwean 2020* 20 10 5 5
South African 2020* 790 380 335 75
South Korean 2020* 210 110 95 5
Swiss 2020* 0 0 0 0
Stateless 2020* 260 10 220 30
Unknown 2020* 1,285 30 460 795
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table shows the number of temporary residence permits granted for the first time. Permits are differentiated by purpose and the nationality of the persons concerned. Permits are differentiated by purpose and the nationality of the persons concerned. This table contains both asylum permits and ordinary residence permits. Ordinary permits are given to non-Dutch persons mainly for work, study, family reunification, or family formation. Children of non-Dutch persons, born in the Netherlands and not in the possession of the Dutch nationality also need a residence permit. Since April 2014, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service also issues combined permits for residence and work: single permits (GGVA). These are included in the table since 2014. All permits in the table have a validity period of three months or more.

Data available from: 2008.

Status of the figures:
The figures for 2020 are provisional. For other years they are final. It occurs occasionally that figures are to be revised if new information becomes available. When this is the case the new information will be included in the figures.

Changes as of June 2021:
None, this a new table

When will new figures be published?
New figures for 2021 will be available in June 2022.

Description topics

Ordinary permit by purpose of stay
Individuals whose request for a regular permit has been granted receive an ordinary permit. They did not come here for asylum, but for example to work, to study, for family reunification or for family formation. Non-Dutch persons who want to stay in the Netherlands for more three months and are not EU, EER or Swiss nationals, need a residence permit.
Family reunification / formation
Residence permit which is granted in connection with family reunion.

Family reunification:
One or more family members are settling in the Netherlands to be reunited and live with their families who have emigrated in the past.

Family formation:
This may concern marriage, relationship and children under 18. It is for people who come to the Netherlands for marriage, registered partnership or live with a partner already in the Netherlands (with whom this person has never lived before).

Total family reunification / formation
Residence permit which is granted in connection with family reunion.

Family reunification:
This means that one or more family members are settling in the Netherlands to be reunited and live with their families who have emigrated in the past.

Family formation:
People who come to the Netherlands for marriage, registered partnership or live with a partner already in the Netherlands (with whom this person has never lived before).
Husband / wife
Husband or wife, registered partner or unmarried partner.
Child under 18
Child under 18
Other family reunification
Other not previously mentioned relatives such as parents or adult children.