Forced departure

Forced departure

Forced departure is only applied when the foreign national fails to leave the Netherlands voluntarily and does not accept assistance from the DT&V or other (non-profit) organisations.

Foreign nationals who refuse to leave the country voluntarily can be placed in a detention centre until a flight becomes available and as soon as all travel documents are in order.

In these cases, the DT&V works closely with the countries of origin in order to ensure that foreign nationals can return in a dignified manner.

Return process for adult foreign nationals

This infographic summarises the return process. Foreign nationals whose application for a residence permit has been rejected or whose residence permit has been revoked, or people who are in the Netherlands illegally, must leave the country.

You will be leaving the Netherlands

This fact sheet is handed to aliens detained in a detention facility for foreign nationals or in a criminal justice detention facility, who will be leaving the Netherlands soon. These people have no residence permit. It provides information regarding their departure from the Netherlands.

You have been placed in detention (for foreign nationals) and must leave the Netherlands

This fact sheet provides information to those who are detained in a detention facility for foreign nationals and must leave the Netherlands. These people have no residence permit. For them, staying in the Netherlands would be illegal. Therefore these people must arrange for their departure from the Netherlands.

You were refused entry at the border and spent time in a criminal detention facility

This fact sheet provides information to those who are refused entry at the border and have committed a criminal offence. These people are not granted entry into the Netherlands and must leave the Netherlands as soon as possible. Until then they will stay at a detention facility for foreign nationals, pursuant to Article 6 of the Aliens Act.