European Comission guide to free movement


  • Council Directive 2004/38/EC was implemented in Dutch legislation on 30 April 2006 with the introduction of the amended Vw 2000 and the amended Vb 2000168.  Rules for practical implementation were included in the Vc 2000169.   (A detailed description of the logic behind the Netherlands transposition can be read here)
  • Directive 2004/38/EC in a parallel translation

How well has the Directive been implemented?


Government departments

  • This is the government department which deals with immigration issues. Their web site is pretty but very disorganized and hard to navigate
  • If you have any difficulties with IND, they encourage you to complain.  I have written some suggestions complaining effectively

Online resources


  • stan  On March 22, 2007 at 14:16

    information on the netherlands regarding eu/eea/swiss citizens can be found at the following link:

  • M. Timmer  On August 23, 2007 at 04:41

    Sorry, this is the link to Vreemdelingencirculaire

  • M. Timmer  On August 23, 2007 at 05:00

    Dutch caselaw on 2004/38/EC

  • Rae  On January 24, 2008 at 22:55

    I’m Australian & my girlfriend is Hungarian, we were wanting to move to Amsterdam and i would love to apply for same sex de facto relationship. What is the process involved, how long does it take and would me not knowing the dutch language be a hindrance in the selection process?

  • J  On May 29, 2008 at 23:37

    I am a british citizen living in the netherlands with a permanet resident permit, i want to bring my mother from africa to live with me in the netherlands, does she have to apply for an MVV and should i travel to africa and travel back with her to the netherlands?

  • S.  On October 5, 2008 at 08:01

    I would be grateful if anyone could give me information about the transposition of the long-term residents directive in the Netherlands, mainly, about the transposition of its Chapter III. Can long term residents from other Eu member States come to the Netherlands?

  • Prawo  On November 5, 2008 at 21:21

    @ J.

    Your mother does not need an mvv, a simple visa will do and it should be issued to her free of charge.

    However, you have to proove you are financially supporting her and such support is necessary for her to maintain a normal standard of living in her country.

  • Prawo  On November 5, 2008 at 21:25

    @ Rae.

    No problem, just come over and proof some financial means.

    (I tried to give a more detailed answer, but it failed to be published).

  • irelandsreversediscrimination  On April 17, 2010 at 03:05

    Click to access netherlands_compliance_study_en.pdf

    Conformity Study for 2004/38/EC

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