The European Court of Justice has ruled the Netherlands charge non-EU residents too much for residency permits. The fee is between €188 and €830 for the permit.
Each country in the EU is permitted to set its own fees but the court has found the fees in the Netherlands “excessive and disproportionate” and has pointed out that even the lowest fee for a residency permit is seven times that of an ID card.
In Italy and Germany the minimum cost is about €50, in the UK the fees for Long Term Residency status (no residence permit is issued) range from £295 to £950 depending on the category.
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