These rules apply to you if you are traveling to the Netherlands to study and you are not a resident of the countries listed above. You will need an entry visa (MVV) and a residence permit (VVR).
After acceptance to the Semester in Amsterdam program our immigration team will contact you with instructions for submitting the following documents:
Additionally, regarding your preferred embassy or consulate, please indicate:
- Country and city in which you will collect the entry visa
- Please check if your embassy or consulate is entitled to issue visas
If you submit the documents after the deadline, then it is possible that your residence permit will not be available by the time your course starts. The procedure usually takes 4 weeks, although this can be considerably longer during the summer months.
Your contact person of the Services team at the International Office will inform you when your entry visa is approved by the Dutch Immigration Authorities. You need to contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulate in your country (or third country if you have a valid residence permit for another country) to make an appointment for your entry visa. Please bring a valid passport and a photo (see requirements) to the appointment. In some cases you will receive your entry visa immediately. It may also be possible that you need to hand in your passport. In the latter case it may take up to 2 weeks before your entry visa will be ready).
If you arrive during the official Arrival Days and your residence permit is ready, you will be able to visit the IND stand during the Arrival Days. Otherwise your contact person of the Services team at the International Office will notify you when your residence permit is ready.
A tuberculosis (TB) test may be part of your application for a residence permit. If you require a visa to enter the Netherlands, then you will need to take the test unless you are citizen of Surinam.
If you need to be tested, then this must be indicated on the TBC form. It is important to have yourself tested as soon as possible after arriving in the Netherlands in order to prevent delay in the procedure of your residence permit. You do not need to make an appointment. You can visit during consulting hours at the address and hours below. You will be tested immediately. Please make sure you visit the GGD within 3 months of your arrival.
GG&GD (TBC test)
Nieuwe Achtergracht 100
Time: Mon, Tue, Fri: 13.00-15.00.
Strict requirements of the IND
As an educational institution, we are entitled to apply for entry visas and residence permits on behalf of all our international students (with the sole purpose of study).
Although we apply on your behalf, we are bound by the strict and specific requirements set by Dutch Immigration Services (IND).