The European Commission deems Dutch fees for resident permits disproportionally high
The European Commission has sent a letter of formal notice to the Netherlands for charging excessive and disproportionate fees for residence permits under EU Directives on legal migration. While Member States are allowed to levy administrative charges for processing applications, excessive and disproportionate charges breach the rights of the applicants. This concerns the fees for applications based on the Students Directive, the Researchers Directive, the Blue Card Directive and the Single Permit Directive. The Dutch government has two months to respond to the arguments put forward by the Commission.