When we moved to the Netherlands, Mark and Little Man's residency permits were both good for 5 years - the length of Mark's contract. My permit was only good for one year. My understanding is that approval for spouses/partners is done this way to make sure that no one is scamming their way into the country. The government doesn't want to extend residency to someone that may turn around and leech off the "system" because at application time they stated, "Oh yeah, we're together. *wink, wink*" and then "separate" shortly after getting in.
Thanks to Mark's status as a "highly skilled worker" (like the footballers), my reapplication process was relatively simple. My forms basically said, "Yup, still married. And his files are still valid for a few years." And then it was just a matter of paying the fee and waiting for someone to look at his file. The later which takes several months.
|Not letting go...|
But now the new permit is in my hands and good for another 4 years. I'm still legal, and now I can fully relax again.
Have you ever dealt with the visa/immigration/naturalization process? How easy or difficult did you find it?