Visa & Residence Permit

Dutch immigration law restricts who can enter the Netherlands. Students wishing to study in the Netherlands have to meet certain requirements, which vary depending on nationality and the duration and purpose of stay. Please select one of the options below for more information:

Do I need a visa and a residence permit?
Do I only need a residence permit?
Do I have to be a full time student to qualify for the residence permit?
What do I do if my residence permit get lost/stolen?
Orientation year (Zoekjaar) for Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates?
How do I return my residence permit card upon departure?
Working in the Netherlands with a student residence permit?



Do I need a visa and a residence permit?

MVV residence permit procedure

You will need a student visa (MVV) and a residence permit (VVR) if you are:

  • entering the Netherlands as a degree-seeking student or study abroad student for a period of 90 days or longer
  • not a citizen of one of the following countries:
EU
Australia
Canada
Iceland
Japan
Liechtenstein
Monaco
New Zealand
Norway
South Korea
Switzerland
USA

Please note only EU students do not require a residence permit at all. If you are a non-EU student and your country is listed above, please go the section “Do I only need a residence permit?”.

What are the application requirements?
Webster Leiden Campus's Immigration Coordinator will take care of your student visa and residence permit application on your behalf. However, please note that we can only do so if you meet the following requirements:

  • you have a valid passport
  • you have been admitted to a full-time program
  • you can demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses (868 EUR monthly allowance for living expenses) next to at least one year of tuition costs.

How do I apply?
The Immigration Coordinator will apply for your visa and residence permit after receipt of the following documents:

  • A copy of your passport
  • A financial Statement
  • Completed forms for the residence permit application

What is the application procedure?
Once the Immigration Coordinator has received all your documents, we will submit your visa and/or residence permit application to the Dutch Immigration Department (IND). Do not forget to let us know in which country you wish to collect your visa. Please note that you may only collect your visa in a country where you have official residency and you cannot be in the Netherlands during the visa application and processing period.

We will inform you as soon as your application has been approved. This usually takes 2 to 6 weeks but can take up to 3 months (please note that this process takes longer for nationals of certain countries). After your MVV visa is approved, you need to call the embassy or consulate to make an appointment to pick up your visa. Once in the Netherlands you can collect your residence permit from the Dutch Immigration Department (IND). The Immigration Coordinator will provide you with instructions on when and where to do so after you have arrived. 

Student residence permits are issued for the duration of the study program with 3 additional months. Please note that you may be required to apply for a new residence permit if you start a new study program or if you need extra time to complete your program.

In order to obtain your residence permit, you may need to have a TB X-ray test after your arrival. You will be notified of this is the case. 



Do I only need a residence permit?

VVR residence permit procedure

Do I only need a residence permit, not a visa?
You will need a residence permit (VVR), but not an entry visa, if you are:

  • entering the Netherlands as a degree-seeking student or study abroad student for 90 days or longer, and
  • a citizen of one of the following countries:
Australia
Canada
Japan
New Zealand
South Korea
USA

What are the application requirements?
Webster Leiden Campus's Immigration Coordinator will take care of your student residence permit application. However, please note that we can only do so if you meet the following requirements:

  • you have a valid passport
  • you have been admitted to a full-time program
  • you can demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses (868 EUR monthly allowance for living expenses) next to at least one year's tuition costs. 

How do I apply?
The Immigration Coordinator will apply for your residence permit after receipt of the following documents: 

  • A copy of your passport
  • A financial Statement
  • Completed forms for the residence permit application

The Immigration Coordinator will submit your residence permit application to the Dutch Immigration Department (IND) prior to your arrival to the Netherlands. The Immigration Coordinator will send you the forms by email, and you will need to fill them out and return them by regular mail. The application procedure usually takes 2 to 6 weeks, but it can take up to 3 months. Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you will be required to have your fingerprints and passport picture taken at the IND, after which it will take approximately 10 working days for the IND to issue you the residence permit card. Student residence permits are issued for the duration of the study program with an additional 3 months. Please note that you may be required to apply for a new residence permit if you start a new study program or if you need extra time to complete your program. 



Do I have to be a full time student to qualify for the residence permit?

You must be a full time degree-seeking student following courses at Webster Leiden Campus to qualify for a Dutch Residence permit. 

According to the Modern Migration Policy, students with a residence permit for the purpose ‘study’ need to pass and obtain at least 50% of the statutory number of US credits (Dutch ECTS) per academic year in order to keep their residence permit for the next study year. Additionally, students are required to study full time as degree-seeking students.

What does this mean?
A full academic year consists of 30 credits (60 ECTS). To keep your residence permit you will need to attain at least 15 credits (30 ECTS ).

Ending/starting from student entry term:
UG students: Fall I and Spring I
Grad students: Summer, Fall I, Fall II, Spring I, Spring II

If the minimum credits/ECTS are not attained, Webster will need to determine the cause. If it turns out that a student has not put in enough effort or cannot deal with the study load or level, the educational institution will have to cancel her/his enrollment and will de-register the student with the IND. This means that the residence permit for the purpose of study will be withdrawn.



What do I do if my Residence permit gets lost/stolen?

The residence permit is proof that you legally reside in the Netherlands and it is therefore important that you have it with you at all times. If you lose it or it gets stolen you need to take action immediately.

  • Report the loss or theft to the local police the same day and ask for a police report.
  • Fill in the form that can be found on the IND website (ind.nl/EN) under “Lost documents – Application for a residence permit“, add a copy of the police report and send it to the IND at the following address:

    Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst
    Postbus 245
    7600 AE Almelo

IMPORTANT: Keep a copy of the police report with you at all times until your new residence permit is issued so that if for any reason anyone asks you for your residence permit you can prove it was stolen or lost.



Orientation year (Zoekjaar) for Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates?

The ‘Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment’ is a residence permit aimed at retaining foreign talent for the Dutch labor market. You have up to three years after graduation to apply for this one-year residence permit.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the IND website


How do I return my residence permit card upon departure?

You must return your residence permit card to the IND when you leave the Netherlands. A reason for leaving the Netherlands might be that you have graduated from Webster Leiden  Campus or you that you have decided to discontinue your studies at Webster Leiden Campus.  

Option 1: You can send the residence permit card to the following address:
              IND Bureau Documenten
              Postbus 7025
              8007 HA Zwolle

Option 2: You can make an appointment to personally hand in the residence permit card to the IND by calling 088 – 0430430


Working in the Netherlands with a student residence permit?

If you hold a residence permit (VVR) as a student, you are allowed to work in the Netherlands only if you employer has a work permit (TWV). Your employer has to apply for this work permit at the UWV (information only available in Dutch). 

In addition, you are only allowed to work for a maximum of 10 hours per week. Instead of these 10 hours a week, you may also do seasonal labor during the months of June, July and August.  In both cases the employer must have a TWV.

If an internship is a compulsory part of your study program or for credit, your employer will not need to have a TWV. Instead, you, your employer and your educational institution will need to set up and sign an internship agreement:
Standard Internship Agreement

Important: There are no exceptions to the above policy. This means that if you want to do a non-mandatory/not for credit internship or volunteer work, you must stick to the maximum 10 hours per week and your employer must apply for a work permit for you.