Extend permit / change purpose / switch institutions?

In some cases, you might need to extend, change or update your residence permit. 

Are you:

  • Staying in the Netherlands (NL) longer than expected?
  • Living in NL on a valid Dutch residence permit for another purpose than study (e.g. for employment, or staying with your partner or family)?
  • Switching to the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) from another university in the Netherlands (NL)?

(For International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) students a different procedure is in place. You will be contacted by your faculty regarding changes in your permit.)



Frequently Asked Questions

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I need to stop my studies temporarily / permanently. What does this mean for my residence 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).

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What to do if I need to extend my residence permit?

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.

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What to do when I need to change the purpose of my residence permit?

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.

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I’m switching institutions within the Netherlands. Is my permit still valid?

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.

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I am about to cancel my enrollment in Studielink, what does it mean?

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. 

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I am moving within the Netherlands, what to do?

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.