Welcome to the Netherlands!
Dear students, welcome to the Netherlands. It has so much to give you and the EIS team prepared you all the information you need to succeed your journey in Netherlands.
How to apply for a visa in the Netherlands?
You don’t need a visa if you come from:
- European Union
- European Economic Area (EEA)
- Swiss Citizens
If you come from outside of those above, you have to apply for both:
- Provisional Residence Permit: (Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblifj) which will allow you to stay in the country for 6 months.
- Residence Permit: If you have been accepted in a Dutch university and you have applied for the Provisional Residence Permit, your host university will have to apply for the Residence Permit on your behalf. This will allow you to stay for the whole duration of your studies.
Documents you’ll need:
- Official letter from the educational institution you will be studying at
- A complete study plan
- Proof of financial support (around €900 per month)
- Travel and Health insurance for the duration of your stay
- Tuberculosis test (if applicable to your case)
- University registration (Full daytime course)
- Proof of income
All the documents should be provided in Dutch, English, French or Spanish – if they are not, they have to be translated. Some documents will also have to be authenticated by your local government authority. This might be a lengthier process, so make sure to start well in advance. For every document, you have to provide the original and a copy.
The cost of the MVV (long-stay visa) is €171.
It is strongly recommended to start the application process for the long-stay at least 3 months before the arrival date in the Netherlands.
Who to contact:
For more information about visa and specific country requirements visit the website:
Make sure you do not try to get your long-stay visa through a certified agency, it should be directly through the respective government authority (embassy, consulate, etc.), double check, always!
If you will be living in the Netherlands for more than 4 months, you need to register at the town hall of the city’s municipality. Make an appointment and bring the following documents:
- Valid Passport or ID (AND a copy)
- Residence Permit (if applicable)
- Rental contract (Both the original AND a copy)
- Complete registration form (downloadable from city hall’s website)
After your registration you will receive your BSN number, which will be necessary for opening bank accounts, receiving your salary, accessing health care, and applying for benefits.