The Netherlands will restrict family reunification to spouses, registered partners, and minor children. Unmarried partners and children who are not minors will no longer be eligible for family reunification.
A same-sex partner who is not allowed to marry by law in his or her country of origin may be eligible for a temporary residence permit in the Netherlands for a period of six months. During these six months, the same-sex partners must marry in the Netherlands or form a registered partnership.
The Dutch cabinet has agreed with these changes, proposed by the Minister for Immigration and Asylum. They will be introduced in the Dutch parliament soon.