FAQ

Let us save you some time looking for answers: below are all the questions other international students ask most frequently about immigration matters.

General

  • If you will be living in the Netherlands for more than 4 months, you are obliged to register at the City Hall in the town in which you are living. For this, you need to make an appointment and show multiple documents. We also organise One Stop Shops, where you can register at City Hall (Rotterdam) on campus. See the orientation schedule for more information.

  • Please send us an e-mail with your name, student number and faculty, and we’ll send you instructions.

COVID-19

  • We ask you to inform us (immigration@eur.nl) about your travel plans to the Netherlands. If you cannot come (back) within 12 months and register again on a Dutch address, we will have to deregister your current permit with the IND (check the IND website for more information under “Temporarily studying outside of the Netherlands”).

    Your current permit cannot be extended if you are not returning within 12 months after leaving the Netherlands even if this is due to COVID-19 measurements. However, this will not hinder your online studies and we can apply for a new visa and/or permit for you when you can return. A new visa and/or permit will cost 192 euro’s.  

    We do not recommend you returning for a short period just to keep your current permit valid. This is because you also have to take quarantine measurements into account and your costs for flight and stay. The Dutch permit's intention is for your residence in the Netherlands.

    Please contact immigration@eur.nl or your faculty three months before expected return to request a new visa application.

  • Dutch flight ban:

    For students who are travelling from a country that is on the flight ban list, travel is not possible.

    Entry ban non-EU countries:
    An exception to the entry ban continues to apply to highly skilled migrants and students with an MVV (entry visa for study purposes) or notification of approval letter (kennisgeving) from the IND. Please pay attention to the flight ban for a number of countries.
    Also pay attention to the additional requirements to enter the Netherlands.

    Safe countries with a low COVID-19 risk
    Depending on the country from where you are travelling from, you might not need to have a negative PCR test to enter the Netherlands.

    Travelling from a high-risk EU/Schengen country:
    As of 00.00 on 29 December 2020 people travelling to the Netherlands by air from a country in the EU/Schengen area must be able to present a negative test result for COVID-19.

  • Upon your return, you are requested to quarantine by yourself for 10 days. It is not a problem to arrange re-registration as soon as possible after your quarantine period. You will also need to obtain health insurance again if you have cancelled your previous insurance when you left. This can either be insurance from your home country or taken out after your return in the Netherlands.

    Click here for more information.

    • Documents needed for City Hall re-registrationApplicable to whom?
      • Re-registration form
      • Valid passport or identity card (ID only applicable to EU/EEA students);
      • Copy of your valid passport or identity card (ID only applicable to EU/EEA students);
      • Original and a copy of a filled in (and undersigned) tenancy agreement or rental contract (provided by landlord); 
        and (only in case you are sub renting) the original and a copy of a filled in (and undersigned) declaration by the main occupant.

      All students

      • Dutch residence permit and/or the entry visa sticker in your passport (if you needed one to enter the Netherlands).*
      • Copy of Dutch residence permit and/or the entry visa sticker in your passport.
      • *Please note: if you are allowed to travel to the Netherlands without the entry sticker in your passport and your Dutch residence permit cannot be picked up yet, you can print the IND approval letter we sent you and bring it to the registration desk of the One Stop Shop.

      Non-EU/EEA students only
      • Proof of deregistration from the Municipal Personal Records Database.
         

      Students from the Netherlands Antilles or Aruba only

      • Marriage certificate (translated if the original is not in Dutch, English, German or French, and legalised or with apostille). If you have questions about the marriage certificate or are unsure if it meets the requirements, bring along what you have to the One Stop Shop and the City Hall employees will check if it is sufficient.
      Married students (who will be staying in the Netherlands for more than 6 months) only

       

      Documents needed for City Hall registration with HVVSpecific postal zones

      If you have to register with HVV, you do need to bring a filled out application for residence permit and the second part of this form signed by your landlord. Also: bring a statement of admission provided by your faculty.

MVV (entry visa) and residence permit

  • Yes, you if you were not registered in the municipality before the 31st of December 2020 and are not in the possession of a Dutch residence permit, you are classed as a non-EU student and you need to apply for a residence permit just as the other non-EU students. All information regarding visa and a residence permit can be found under the tab: visa and residence permit.

  • Contact your faculty for more information on the next steps. Please note that we are only able to start the immigration procedure when you are admitted. 

  • The Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service. They take care of all immigration and naturalization applications of individuals who wish to live in the Netherlands or want to become a Dutch citizen. 

  • This depends on the type of residence permit and your situation. Please contact us for further information and we’ll help you out.

  • We are unable to give you an indication on how long the process will take. We will however communicate a deadline to you based on your personal situation, and you need to start the application process 10 weeks prior start date of your study programme. Failing to start the procedures in time might cause serious delays in the immigration process and may lead to you not being able to travel to the Netherlands before the start of your study programme.

  • We are unfortunately not able to speed up the process.

Online education

  • If you are not able to travel to the Netherlands and remain in your home country, you do not need to apply for a Residence permit. You will be given the status: “Temporarily studying outside of the Netherlands”

    Please always notify your faculty and the immigration office (immigration@eur.nl).

    You will only pay your tuition fee (before the 31st of Aug 2021)  and do not yet need to pay the immigration and living fee costs. Please find more information about the payment of your tuition fee here.

    If you wish to come to the Netherlands, please contact your faculty 3 months prior to expected arrival and they will start your immigration procedure. You will receive an invoice for your immigration and living costs by email. You only need to upload the required immigration documents and proof of payment in Osiris Zaak.

    * please note that all additional fees that the banks may charge for the international bank transfer must be covered by yourself.

  • Yes, you can return to your home country.

    If you are still registered at the municipality, then you can stay outside the Netherlands for a maximum of 12 months.

    If you are de-registered from the municipality, then you need to inform the immigration office about your departure so they can inform the IND accordingly. You can then also stay abroad for a maximum of 12 months. Make sure to register as soon as you’re back.

  • You only need a valid residence permit if you are residing in the Netherlands. If you remain in your home country, you do not need to apply for a residence permit. If your residence permit is about to expire and you will not come back anytime soon, you do not need to extend your permit.

    If you wish to come to the Netherlands, please contact your faculty 3 months prior to your expected arrival or contact the immigration office.

  • Notify the immigration office (immigration@eur.nl) and they will adjust your Dutch permit status.

    This is needed to prevent issues with your enrollment status.

Study Progress Monitoring

  • Due to Dutch migration policy, all non-EU/EEA students residing in the Netherlands with a residence permit for study purposes (with the exception of exchange students who stay in the Netherlands for a only a year or less), have to obtain at least 50% of the required number of ECTS every academic year. In case the 50% hasn’t been met, your permit might be revoked.

Changes to permit

  • As soon as you cancel your studies at EUR (via Studielink), we will have to notify the IND and as a consequence your residence permit will be revoked. You will have to leave the country within 28 days after IND deregistration date. If you continue your studies at EUR, we can start a new procedure for your residence permit (and - if applicable - visa).

  • We need to apply for a permit extension on your behalf at the IND. Residence permits for the purpose of study are issued for a specific period of time. The expiry date of your permit can be found on the front of your residence permit (‘geldig tot’). 

    You are strongly advised to submit your application for an extension two months before your current residence permit expires at the latest.

  • If you are living in the Netherlands based on a valid Dutch residence permit for another purpose than study, you need to change your permit into a student residence permit by contacting us.

  • If you’re switching to EUR from another university in the Netherlands and your residence permit is still valid for at least 6 months from the moment you start your studies, you need to take care of some practical matters. In case your residence permit expires within 6 months after you start your studies at EUR, and you intend to study with us for a longer period of time, we strongly therefore advise you to apply for an extension of your residence permit instead.

  • If you cancel your enrollment in Studielink, this could have consequences for your residence permit. We have to notify the IND if you are no longer enrolled at EUR. Contact us for more details. 

  • When moving in Rotterdam, you need to report your new address within 5 days at City Hall. You can find the procedure on the municipality’s website. If you will be moving to another place than Rotterdam, you should contact your local City Hall for information about arranging the change of your Dutch address.

After graduation

  • All non-EU/EEA students who are in the possession of a Dutch student residence permit need to consider a number of additional rules and regulations when they want to work or do an internship in the Netherlands.

  • If you are no longer enrolled, we will notify the IND. The IND will give you 3 months after the graduation date or until the expiry date on your card, whichever comes first.

    Example:
    If you was enrolled at EUR until 31 August 2018 then your residence permit will be valid until 30 November 2018. Any date after 31 August 2018 then your residence permit will still be valid until 30 November 2018.

    If you want to stay in the Netherlands and work or do an internship, then make sure to apply for an orientation year.

  • Within 3 years after completing your studies, international students can apply for an orientation year during which you may work freely or do an internship or traineeship in the Netherlands without your employer having to apply for a work permit for hiring you. You do need to apply for the orientation year.

  • If you leave NL, your residence permit should be returned to the IND. There are 2 possible ways:

    1. You can hand in your residence permit card at the IND Front Office. Call 0880 430 430 to make an appointment. You will receive a proof of submission and a colour copy of your residence permit card;
    2. You can send your residence permit to the address below. Make sure that your residence permit is not valid anymore. This can be done by perforating or cutting your residence permit partially.  

    Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst, Bureau Documenten
    Postbus 7025, 8007 HA Zwolle
    The Netherlands

Lost/Stolen

  • The first thing you need to do is to report the loss to the police and obtain an official police report. You need the police report for applying for a new residence permit.
    The procedure you need to follow to obtain a new residence permit depends on the expiry date of the permit you lost.

Receiving visitors

  • When having a valid Dutch study residence permit in place, you can travel within the EU/EEA. However, make sure your permit is still valid at the time of travelling. If not: extend your residence permit in time!

    We advise you to contact local immigration authorities if you would like to visit a country outside of the EU/EEA

  • If the extension of your residence permit is still in process with the IND and your new residence permit is not in place yet before you’re leaving on your trip, please contact the IND (call at 088 043 04 30) or the Dutch embassy abroad to obtain a “return visa” which enables you to travel back to the Netherlands after your trip.

  • If you are a non-EU/EEA student staying in the Netherlands with a residence permit, then your family/friends from home might need to apply for a visa and/or residence permit for the Netherlands as well. The university is not involved in the immigration procedures for family/friends visiting you, so make sure to carefully check this out yourself.

Tuberculosis check

  • You have to undergo the TB-check within 3 months of arriving in the Netherlands. If you haven’t done so, please do it as soon as possible. Please realise the IND can take measures if you wait too long!

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