After you have decided which country you want for your studies and have chosen the Netherlands, the next step is to go through the Netherlands Student Visa application process.
Nobody really likes this stage, primarily because it takes a lot of time for organising, gathering and preparing all the credentials and appropriate information. However, applying for a Netherlands Student Visa is not so complicated, particularly since not all international students have to do it.
Netherlands Student Visa vs. Residence Permit
First things first: you will NOT require a Netherlands Student Visa or a residence permit if you’re from the EU/EEA or a number of other countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the US, and the Vatican City).
But what happens if you’re a foreign student from a different nation? It is contingent on the length of your stay/studies:
- a short stay visa or a Schengen visa is needed if you intend to study in the Netherlands for 90 days or less.
- an entry visa (MVV) and a residence permit (VVR) are needed if you intend to study in the Netherlands for over 90 days. Just like the short stay visa, the MVV is only tenable for 90 days and should be followed by the application for a VVR.
Apply to a Dutch university and get your admission letter
If you’re still not certain where you want to school in the Netherlands, you will need to make a decision before you can begin your Netherlands Student Visa application process. After getting accepted for admission at a Dutch university, you’ll obtain an admission letter needed for the visa application.
If you require a visa, your university will get in touch with you and begin the application. If this does not happen, get in touch with them and request for support. After the university gets the approval from the Immigration Service, they will notify you. The following step is locating the closest embassy or consulate in your nation and submitting an application for the entry visa (MVV).
Consider some of the best schools in the Netherlands:
- Delft University of Technology
- Wageningen University and Research
- Erasmus University Rotterdam
- University of Amsterdam
- University of Twente
Listed below are some of the most popular fields in the Netherlands:
- Masters in Psychology in the Netherlands
- Masters in Sustainable Development in the Netherlands
- Masters in Industrial Engineering in the Netherlands
- Masters in Computer Science in the Netherlands
- Masters in Finance in the Netherlands
When and where to apply for the Netherlands Student Visa
- Your university will begin the application process. If this does not happen, get in touch with them directly. After the university’s request is accepted, you can submit an application for an entry visa at a local embassy or consulate in your nation.
- You can get the MVV after up to three months.
- The processing period for your visa application typically lasts one month, but this is contingent on your nationality and other factors.
Required application credentials for the Netherlands Student Visa
- Completed visa application form
- Valid passport
- Two photographs
- Birth certificate
- Academic transcripts
- Official admission letter from the school in the Netherlands
- Complete study plan – describe why you are interested in learning the selected subject area and how and why it is associated to your previous studies
- Financial evidence for the whole period of study (about 870 EUR/month)
- Travel and health insurance
- Visa application fee (174 EUR)
- Photocopies of all the original documents
- Tuberculosis test (needed for nationals from some nations)
- Photocopies of all the original documents
- Biometric information
Residence permit in the Netherlands
Typically, universities will make an application for the residence permit (VVR) on your behalf, but they will bill you for this service.
The residence permit plays the role of a study visa and permits you to remain in the nation for the full length of your study program. If required, the VVR can be extended to an extra three months, in addition to the preparatory year.
After you get to the Netherlands, you have to enrol in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BPR) in the city where you are going to reside.
Read the website of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) for additional details on the Netherlands Student Visa and residence permit in the Netherlands.
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