The Netherlands has announced a new policy that will affect non-Ukrainians with a temporary Ukrainian residence permit. Starting on March 5, 2024, these individuals will no longer be covered by the temporary protection scheme.
The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) of the Netherlands will be sending out letters to inform affected individuals about the changes. This will impact a significant number of foreigners who fled the war in Ukraine.
There will be three different letters sent out to different groups, each containing information about the termination of temporary protection, appeal procedures, assistance with return, and other relevant details.
For the largest group of non-Ukrainians with a temporary Ukrainian residence permit, they will receive a return decision as they do not have any other residence permit that would allow them to stay in the Netherlands. They will have until March 4 to seek assistance in leaving the country.
After March 4, this group will no longer be permitted to work and will have a 28-day window to depart the country. They can stay in the municipal reception center until April 1.
However, for those currently undergoing the asylum process, there will be no return decision issued. They are allowed to wait for the outcome of their asylum application in the Netherlands and have permission to work during this time.
A smaller group of third-country nationals holding different forms of residency in the Netherlands will also be informed about the consequences of the termination in early February. They will be permitted to stay in the country under the conditions specified in their permits, as long as the permits are still valid.
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