Netherlands Student Visa


The Netherlands is a growing international study destination, having many high ranked universities and straightforward visa procedures and usually, the universities will process and arrange your student visa for you.

If the student is from a non-EU country and you want to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days, you may need a residence permit. In many cases you will also have to apply for a long-stay visa before you travel to the Netherlands, this is also called an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV).

The universities will process and help you to get a visa in around 2 to 6 weeks by applying for it in the Netherlands on your behalf. Some international students are required to apply for an entry visa (MVV) as well as a residence permit (VRV).

Documents Checklist:

Here is the document checklist for a Netherlands Student Visa:

  • Visa Application Form (Completed)
  • Valid Passport
  • Two Photographs
  • Birth Certificate
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Offer Letter from the University/College/School
  • Proof of Financial Support
  • Travel and Health Insurance
  • Biometric Information
  • Tuberculosis test for students of some particular countries
  • Photocopies of all the original documents

As part of the Netherlands student visa requirements, students are required to have valid health insurance to bear their medical expenses in the Netherlands, if required.

Work Permit on Student Visa

If you are not from the EU/EEA or Switzerland, there are some restrictions if you want to work alongside your
studies. Your employer has to provide you with a personal work permit. You can only work if you have this specific work permit and can either work for a maximum of 16 hours a week during the year or full-time during the months of June, July and August.

Work Placement and Internship students do not require a work permit, and their work is not limited by hours.