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Leaving the Netherlands
You decided to leave the Netherlands; we are sad to see you go and we hope you had memorable times here! But before you leave, there are two things that you need to do. Please be sure that you complete them before leaving the country.
1. De-register from the municipal database
You should de-register from the municipal database within 5 days of leaving the Netherlands. Depending on your municipality you can de-register in different ways:
a. Report your move and de-register online using your DigiD.
You will need to login to the municipal site in which you live (not the DigiD website). You will be directed to login to the DigiD site and then will be re-directed to the appropriate page within your new municipality to de-reigster.
b. Report your move and de-register using the online moving form on the municipality website
If you do not have DigiD there might be the option to use an online form on the municipality website.
c. De-register by sending a notification by post to the municipality in which you live.
Include the following information:
- Moving date
- Name, birth date, and BSN number
- Old address in the Netherlands
- New address abroad
- Names of the people that are moving with you
- Telephone number
- Copy of the ID of the person who is changing the address
d. In person at city hall.
(!) Please note that the date you submit the online form (method “a” & “b”) will be marked as the day of de-registration, if you choose method “c”, you will not have proof that you de-registered. This may be important later so we actually advise using either “a” or “b”.
2. Return your residence permit card to the IND
If you have de-registered from the municipal database, it is not necessary to report your departure separately to the IND. However, the card is the property of the Dutch government and should be returned to them.
You can return it to one of the nine IND offices in the Netherlands before you leave. You can also return it to an expat desk such as the IWCN. If you decide to return it to our office, you do not have to make an appointment.
You can also return it by post to the following address after you pass the immigration at the airport:
IND Bureau Documentation
8007 HA Zwolle
Before you return your residence card, it is a good idea to make a copy of both the front as well as the back of the card for possible future reference.
Kindly make the document invalid before mailing it. You can do this by making a cut in the document or by punching a hole in it. Please do not cut the document in half.
It is important that you leave the Netherlands on time. This means that you have to leave before your residence permit is no longer valid. Once your permit expires, you are no longer entitled to stay in the Netherlands. Prolonging your stay after your permit expires may result in restrictions to enter Europe in the future.
If you remain illegally in the Netherlands, the AVIM (police) or Marechaussee can impose a return decision. The return decision may state that you have to leave within 4 weeks, but it could also state that you have to leave the Netherlands immediately. You can also get an entry ban for Europe. This does not apply to EU/EEA citizens and their family members. See this link for additional information.
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