Student Visa Netherlands

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Talent Migration


Students from a non-EU, non-EEA nation, Swiss require a visa to study in Netherlands. Students need a 'provisional residence permit' (machtiging tot voorlopig verblijf, MVV). The host institution will apply at Dutch Immigration Service (IND) on student behalf concerning the application for an MVV. MVV allows entry in the country for a six-month period. Most of the courses at universities last for 1 to 4 years, a mere MVV will not help. Once you enter the country, you need to apply for VVR or a Residence Permit. The VVR is also applied for by the host university. VVR is permitted for study purposes only and is valid for the duration of the programme the student had enrolled in. There is another condition attached with the validity of VVR. It stays valid provided the student scores 50% of credit throughout the course duration.

Work during studies:

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 processing time for study visa may take from 6-12 weeks from the application day.
You can bring spouse and kids with you


more than 3 months



120 Month(s)


P. Residency

60 Month(s)

What are eligibility requirements for the Student Visa Netherlands?

7 Eligibility Requirements

  • You need a passport/travel document valid for at least 3-6 months
  • You must to be accepted/enrolled in a course of an approved university/college in Netherlands
  • You need sufficient funds to cover your studies or a scholarship which confirms the payment of the tuition fees
  • You should be of good character and health
  • You should have a health insurance and do not rely on public health.
  • Birth certificate
  • Additional requirements might be present. Please check with your University/College for details

Which documents do I need to apply for the Student Visa Netherlands?

9 Document Required

  • Original visa application form, completed and signed
  • Copies of valid passport (including the bio page, past visas, etc)
  • Two recent passport size photos
  • Character and health certificate (as applicable)
  • Copies of previous academic transcripts
  • Copies of enrollment/admission letter from educational institute in Netherlands
  • Financial proof for the entire period of study (around 870 EUR/month)
  • Copies of travel and health insurance of at least 30,000 Euros
  • Photocopies of all the original documents

Talent Migration data for Netherlands

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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