As of January 2014, all aliens – except EU nationals and nationals of the EEA and Switzerland – aged 6 years and older have to have their photograph and fingerprints taken for their residence document. This means that you no longer have to enclose a passport photograph or photo card with an application, except if you are an EU national.
In the Netherlands
For applications filed in the Netherlands (initial application, amendment of purpose of residence, extension, residence permit for an indefinite period, replacement and renewal), a photograph and fingerprints are taken at one of the IND Desks. You also sign the document there.
The following conditions apply:
- If you submit a written application, you have to go to one of the IND Desks – after sending the application – to have his or her photograph and fingerprints taken. There is no need to make an appointment. The addresses and opening hours of the IND Desks are available on www.ind.nl.
- If you submit the application in person at the IND Desk, the photograph and fingerprints are taken there. You have to make an appointment if you want to submit an application at one of the IND Desks. Please call the following telephone number to book an appointment, on weekdays during office hours: 0900-1234561 (€0.10 p/m).
Abroad, entry and residence procedure
- In case of a positive decision regarding an application for a provisional residence permit by a (recognised) referee in the Netherlands, you may pick up your provisional residence permit at the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country of origin. Your fingerprints will be taken there. An employee of the diplomatic post also scans your photograph and assesses whether or not it meets the requirements. You also sign the document there.
- If the provisional residence permit application is filed with the Dutch embassy or consulate abroad, these data are collected there.
Abroad, no obligation for a provisional residence permit
If an application is filed in the Netherlands for an alien who does not need to have a provisional residence permit and who resides abroad, the alien must go to one of the IND Desks upon entry into the Netherlands. An IND employee will take a photograph and fingerprints and the alien concerned signs a document. You do not have to make an appointment for this. The addresses and opening hours of the IND Desks are available on www.ind.nl