Stricter Policy For Entry Fraud In Netherlands

Netherlands Immigration Service
November 22, 2006

Stricter Policy For Entry Fraud In Netherlands

THE HAGUE, 22/11/06 – Foreigners who lie or withhold information to enter the Netherlands will be dealt with more firmly, Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk announced yesterday in a letter to the Lower House.

Foreigners who commit fraud in their applications for entry can be refused upon all subsequent attempts to enter the country on the basis of the first lie. It will also become possible for foreigners who submitted fraudulent applications in the past to be declared as undesired aliens, so that they be expelled. As, well, people who continue trying to gain entry to the Netherlands after repeated rejections will be rejected more swiftly than is now the case.

The minister is annoyed by the fact that aliens who have tampered with the law can try again later and succeed in entering the country. Verdonk is also to compare biometric features such as fingerprints for visa applications.