The Netherland is often called ‘the gateway to Europe.’ With 122,000 international students enrolled at Dutch universities between 2017- 2018. Visa requirements depend on whether the student is an EU/non EU citizen. Non EU Students who are planning to study in the Netherlands requires a visa to enter and stay there for the purpose.
Students planning to take up a course which is over 90 days in duration would need a residence permit to stay in the Netherland for the purpose of completing their course. It is very important to arrive to the Netherlands with the correct visa; if you arrive on a short stay visa you won’t be able to apply for a resident permit. The residence permit has to be applied for within five days on arriving to the Netherlands.
As per the IND (Dutch immigration and naturalization service’s), for students planning to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days, the university/ institute is their “Recognized sponsor”. Under the TEV (Entry and residence permit) procedure the visa for the student would be applied by the recognized sponsor.
Once you completed course successfully, you may apply for a residence permit valid for 5years.
Netherland visa is a two step process:
> Under the TEV Procedure, the university would request you to provide the necessary documents and submit the form on your behalf to the IND in the Netherlands. Once the IND approves your application, it would grant you an MVV (Provisional Residence permit) which would be valid for 3months. The students can collect the MVV from Dutch embassy before flying to Netherland.
> After landing in Netherland, students are required appear to their universities and apply for a residence permit. The application is then forwarded by the University for a Permanent Residence Permit which is issued within the following two weeks.
> Your visa can be processed in about 30days. In some cases, it might take longer and so students are advice to start as soon as possible. You can start the visa process 3months before your course starts.
To get a visa for the Netherlands, one needs to:
Many students choose to work while pursuing their education in the Netherlands. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals are allowed to work in the Netherlands as many hours as they choose while studying. The employer does not need to provide a work permit for this. Foreign students (non EU/EEA/Swiss) with a valid residence permit are allowed to work either full-time seasonal work in June, July and August, or part- time work of no more than ten hours a week outside the summer period. The employer does need to provide a work permit, but it is an easy process, since the employer does not need to prove that there are no Dutch or EU/EAA/Swiss Nationals capable of doing.
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