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NETHERLANDS – More Nationalities Exempt from Tuberculosis Test

Effective immediately, the Netherlands Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) has published a new, expanded list of nationalities which are exempt from undergoing a tuberculosis (TB) test when applying for a residence permit.

However, in practice the IND is still requesting TB tests according to the previous rules.

What has Changed?

Previously, any nationality exempt from obtaining an entry visa (MVV) was also exempt from undergoing a tuberculosis test.

The new list includes an extra 26 nationalities who do require an entry visa (MVV) but are henceforth exempt from TB testing.

In addition, South Koreans are no longer exempt from TB testing, even though they are still MVV exempt.

Action Items

  • Ensure that any assignee of a nationality which doesn’t appear on the exemptions list does undergo TB testing within three months of obtaining a residence permit in the Netherlands.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by V&A Group and Expat Management Group.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.