The return process

Each year, many foreign nationals come to the Netherlands in the hope of settling here. A number of them are allowed to stay, but many foreign nationals have to return to their country of origin or to another country.

Foreign nationals are personally responsible for their departure from the Netherlands. They can get help of the Dutch government or other organisations to arrange their return. 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.

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 Foreign nationals whose application for a residence permit has been rejected or whose residence permit has been revoked, or people who are in the Netherlands illegally, must leave the country.

On the next pages you read more about the return process.

Return process for adult foreign nationals