Applying for an Pronouncement of Undesirability (exclusion order) to be lifted

In certain cases foreign citizens who are no longer permitted to remain in the Netherlands may be subject to an ongewenstverklaring (Pronouncement of Undesirability) i.e. exclusion order. For example, if they are in the Netherlands illegally and have committed multiple crimes, pose a threat to public policy or public security. If you have been issued with a Pronouncement of Undesirability and want it to be lifted you must submit an application to the Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst – IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service). You can also request for the order to be lifted in exceptional or urgent situations.

Last updated 3 October 2022

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Conditions for lifting an exclusion order

To have an exclusion order lifted, certain conditions apply. For example, that there is currently no trial under criminal law against you.

Application for the lifting of an exclusion order by someone else

If you would like someone else in the Netherlands to make the application on your behalf, you must give that person official permission. You need to put this in writing with your signature.

Applying for an exclusion order to be lifted

You apply to the IND for an exclusion order to be lifted.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Aliens Act 2000, Articles 67 and 68

Aliens Decree 2000, Articles 6.6 and 6.7

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