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In general
Currently a large amount of asylum seekers is coming to the Netherlands. As a result the government’s reception centres are very busy and the asylum procedure takes a lot longer than before. That is why State Secretary Dijkhoff - who is responsible for immigration - sent out a letter to all asylum seekers to explain the situation and the point of view of the government. The main aspects of this letter are:

Austere reception
Currently, the Netherlands does not have enough room for asylum seekers at the regular reception centres. That is why you are receiving an austere reception, such as in sports centres or tents, where many people share the same housing.

Longer waiting times
Unfortunately, it is impossible to tell you on short notice whether you will be granted an asylum residence permit with which you can stay in the Netherlands temporarily. Currently it takes almost half a year before your application can be processed. Only then will the procedure serving to reach a decision on your application be initiated. This is assessed carefully for each person. If further investigation is required, this can take an additional six months or longer.

At this moment, there are not enough houses for everyone. It is therefore possible that you will have to remain in asylum seekers' residence centre, even if you have already been granted a temporary residence permit. Once it is decided that you’re not granted a permit, you must leave the Netherlands.

As long as you do not have a temporary residence permit, you cannot submit an application for your family members to join you. You can only submit an application for your family once you have a permit.

Read the whole letter