House searches

Are the police allowed to enter my house without reason? Normally the police need the residents’ approval before entering a residence or a room that serves as housing accommodation; they are only allowed to do so if they have a warrant to enter a dwelling. But the authorities are allowed to enter the housing accommodation

Legal services

Where can I go for legal advice, for example about employment law and the Dutch housing law? Everybody is entitled to legal aid no matter whether the person concerned has a residence permit or not. The Juridisch Loket [legal help desk] provides assistance with legal questions. Well-trained lawyers give advice and information free of charge,


What will happen if the police think that I have no residence permit? If the police check up on you and you cannot show your identity certificate or your residence permit, the police are allowed to detain you for 6 hours (nightly hours don’t count). If further investigation is required this period of time can

Stop & Search/Frisk

When are the police allowed to ask me to show my identity papers? The police and other ‘authorities’ are allowed to ask for identity certificates ‘if this can reasonably be assumed to be required for performing their duties’. Authorities are almost all people who have supervising responsibilities. Checks tend to be held in cases of

Emergency shelter

I have no residence permit and no money, where can I go? Most people without a residence permit have little money as well and for them it is hard to survive. In some situations it is possible to be given shelter and support. LVV (Landelijke Vreemdelingen Voorziening) and BBB (Bed Bad Brood) After the decision

Registration of birth

Can I register my child who was born in the Netherlands? Every child who is born in the Netherlands has to be registered at the municipal authorities within three days; this is called ‘registration of a birth’.  The person who registers the birth should have been present at the delivery and must have legal residence


Can I get married in the Netherlands? Even migrants without residence permits can get married in the Netherlands. For this purpose each of the partners needs a passport, a authenticated birth certificate and a authenticated single status declaration. You need to take these documents to the municipal authorities in the municipality where the legal partner

Right to work

Am I allowed to work if I have no residence permit? No, undocumented migrants are not allowed to work in the Netherlands. You will not be granted a National Insurance Number and you are not eligible for a work permit either. In almost all cases the employer is obliged to check these particulars. This rule

Visiting a doctor

May I see a doctor? In the Netherlands you have a right to health care, even if you do don’t have a residence permit, therefore you may certainly make an appointment to see a doctor. Every doctor has a legal duty to treat you, regardless of whether or not you are ‘legally’ in the Netherlands

Emergency care

What can I do in an emergency? In acute situations, such as an accident or life threatening situation: ● Call 112 for an ambulance (toll free). ● Or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. For urgent issues call your doctor during the day. Tell at the phone it’s urgent. Evenings or weekends


Is my child allowed to visit a playgroup? Young children can learn to play and develop together in playgroups and meeting groups, during preschool activities, and in projects such as ‘instapje’ and such like. The price of these provisions is determined by the municipal authorities and depends on the income. They are also accessible to


Can I apply for utilities myself? The person who has independent tenancy can register with the utility companies (gas, water, electricity) and with the cable company or other television and Internet providers. These companies do not require identification papers but they do require a tenancy agreement and a bank statement. Organisations Utilities