Exclusion order

In certain cases foreign citizens who are no longer permitted to remain in the Netherlands may be subject to an ongewenstverklaring (exclusion order). This is referred to in English by the Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst – IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service) as a Pronouncement of Undesirability. The exclusion order is issued, for example, if a foreign citizen is in the Netherlands illegally and has committed multiple crimes, or poses a threat to public policy or public security.

Temporarily lifting an exclusion order

The IND can temporarily lift a Pronouncement of Undesirability (exclusion order) in the following highly exceptional and urgent circumstances:

  • in the case of urgent family circumstances;
  • if the person has an obligation to testify at a trial in the Netherlands;
  • if the person has an obligation to come to the Netherlands for their own trial.

The applicant must demonstrate that at least 1 of these situations applies.
Once the applicant has done what is necessary, they are obliged to leave the Netherlands again.