Netherlands student visa

If you wish to study in Netherlands, you must know the Netherlands student visa requirements. For both long-term and short-term study courses, you will require a Provisional Residence Permit (MVV) – an entry visa (or provisional residence permit).

If you want to remain in the country for more than three months, you must apply for a residency permit in addition to your entry visa (VVR). This is similar to a study visa, which allows you to remain in the country for the duration of your course. This visa can be extended for an additional three months.

Documents required for Netherlands study visa:
  • Valid passport
  • Completed visa application form
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Birth certificate
  • Academic transcripts
  • Proof of having the required financial resources to cover your living expenses during your course of study
  • Copy of travel and medical insurance policy
  • Certificate of acceptance from the educational institution
  • Complete study plan – explain why you are interested in studying the chosen subject area and how and why it is related to your prior studies
  • Proof of having paid the visa application fees
  • Complete study plan that explains why you are interested in the subject and its relation to your prior studies
Language requirement to study in Netherlands

For postgraduate and PhD courses, English-language study programs are available. The English language is spoken by more than 90% of the population. A basic command of the English language is required. Universities in the Netherlands recognize the following test scores:

  • PTE Academic
Working while studying

If they have a work permit, students from non-EU countries will work here during their course. The permit can be applied for on your behalf by your employer. During the school year, international students can work up to sixteen hours a week and full-time during their vacations.

How do I apply for the study visa (MVV)?

Once you get an approval letter from the university, the application process should be initiated by your university. If this does not occur, you may contact them directly. You may apply for an entry visa at a local embassy or consulate in your country after the university’s request is accepted.

The MVV can be collected after three months.

The time it takes to process your visa application is normally one month, but it varies depending on your nationality and other factors.

What is the processing time?

The processing of MVVs and residency permits takes about 60 days and 90 days, respectively, at the Immigration Department. The final decision is communicated to the concerned educational institutions.

What is the application process?

Confirm your admission to a Dutch university and prepare your documents according to the university’s checklist.

Check to see whether you need health insurance and then apply for it.

Follow the university’s guidelines and fill out the forms along with the necessary documents.

Pay the €353 visa fees or whatever your university mandates

Make an appointment after receiving approval from the consulate/embassy.

Attend your visa interview and submit your passport.

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