City of Utrecht Information for refugees and other newcomers in Utrecht
Applying for asylum
Do you want to take up residence in the Netherlands? Or do you want to become Dutch? Register with the Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst (IND) — the Immigration and Naturalisation Service. The IND arranges the asylum procedure. The IND grants a residence permit or rejects an asylum application.
The Centraal orgaan Opvang Asielzoekers (COA) — Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers — is responsible for the reception of asylum seekers at various locations in the Netherlands.
In Utrecht, the COA has an asylum seekers’ centre (asielzoekerscentrum, AZC) at Joseph Haydnlaan in West and an extension on the same site. Since early 2017, the COA has also received refugees in Plan Einstein in Overvecht. Here, they live in a single building with young adults and take courses. Local residents can also participate in these courses.
Information civic integration
Do you live in the Netherlands? Than you have to participate in a civic integration programme. Read how you can participate in a civic integration programme in the Netherlands. You can also find information on how to prepare for the civic integration exam.
Vluchtelingenwerk (Refugee Council) Midden-Nederland provides support and looks after your interests. You can turn to them if you have any questions about health, civic integration, volunteer work, asylum procedures, housing, finance and sports. The Refugee Council can be found at the reception locations and has an office in Utrecht at Telingstraat 2.
Work and Income
The municipality of Utrecht and the Refugee Council Midden-Nederland together take care of tailor-made guidance to help you find work, studies, work placement, a work experience place, or volunteer work.
Welcome to Utrecht
VC Utrecht (volunteer centre)
Do you want to do volunteer work? VC Utrecht has 700 vacancies for volunteer work and brings volunteers and organisations together.
UAF (foundation for refugee students)
Do you want to study or are you looking for a job? UAF helps highly educated refugees find what they are looking for.