NETHERLANDS – Unmarried Partners Change To Be Implemented 1 October 2012
The Immigration and Naturalisation Department (IND) in the Netherlands has announced that the changes to the Family Migration system which were to be effective from 1 July 2012 and were then put on hold will now come into effect from 1 October 2012.
What Are The Changes?
The new measures, explained in more detail in our alert here, mean that unmarried partners will not be accepted as dependents for immigration purposes unless they are able to prove that they were legally unable to marry in their home country (e.g. same sex couple).
- Be aware that unmarried partners, from 1 October 2012, will only be accepted as dependents for immigration purposes into the Netherlands if the partners have concluded a registered partnership or are unable to marry in the country of origin.