Study visa for Netherlands

An Indian Student planning to study in the Netherlands requires a visa to enter and stay there for the purpose. Depending on the kind, of course, the student is planning to undertake, he/she can apply for the relevant student visa – Schengen Visa (for courses less than 3 months) and Entry Visa – MVV and the VVR or the Residence Permit for bachelors/ masters from the Netherlands.
Ideally, the MVV or the ‘Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblifj’ (Dutch for Provisional Residence Permit) is processed in about 30 days. However, it might take longer and you are advised to start as soon as possible. Time advised is about 3 months before the intended start of the course. The VRV is processed quicker and takes about 2 weeks. Students would have to be present in the Netherlands to be granted this visa

General Info

A student planning to take up a course which is over 90 days in duration would need a Residence Permit to stay in the Netherlands for the purpose of completing their education. As per the IND (Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service), for students planning to stay in the Netherlands for a period of more than 90 days, the university/ institute is their ‘Recognized Sponsor’. Under the TEV (Entry and Residence Permit) Procedure, the visa for the student would be applied by the recognized sponsor. It is important for the student to understand that while the process is essentially the same, it might vary from University to University and he/she is to follow the guidelines as shared by the University.
The visa process for the Netherlands’ is a two-step process which requires
  • The MVV or an Entry Visa to enter the Netherlands
  • The VRV – or the Residence Permit – granted to students within a month of their reaching the country
On arriving in the Netherlands, Students would then be required by their respective Universities to appear for and apply for a Residence Permit (VRV) within a stipulated time. Again, it may vary from university to university but is usually stipulated between 3 to 5 days. The application is then forwarded by the University for a Permanent Residence Permit which is issued within the following two weeks.

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Netherlands Visa Application process

Documents are required for Netherlands Student Visa
  • A student must have a valid passport with a validity of at least 12 months at the time of application
  • Confirmation of Admission from a Dutch University.
  • The IND stipulates the minimum fund requirement for stay at €900 per month for students enrolled in Universities. It is important to note that this is the cost of living as stipulated and is revised twice a year (on January 1 and July 1).
  • Health insurance for the first three months of your stay in the Netherlands. Also, you might be requested for a Tuberculosis test before you travel to the Netherlands.
Steps for application for Netherlands Student Visa
  • Confirm Your Admission to a Dutch University and prepare the documents as per the checklist provided by the university
  • Confirm if you need health insurance and apply for one
  • Follow the instructions provided by the university and complete the forms as provided by the university along with necessary documents
  • Pay the visa fee of €353 or as mandated by the university
  • Receive confirmation from the consulate/ embassy and make an appointment
  • Attend the visa interview and submit your passport
Once you reach the venue, you would be asked to appear for a small interview. It is a generic interview wherein the Interviewer would ask you about the University you have applied to and your interests pertaining to study in the Netherlands. After that, you would be asked to submit your passport on which you MVV would be attached.
Remember, the MVV is valid only for a period of three months. Also, you would have to report to the University office within the stipulated time in order to apply for and receive your Residence Permit, without which you cannot stay in the Netherlands. Default in the same could lead to revoking of your stay permissions and immediate deportation. Hence, always follow the guidelines as shared by the University.