Can I travel to the Netherlands as a non-EU/EEA student?
As a student you are exempted from the EU travel ban and you are allowed to travel to the Netherlands if you have received the IND decision letter stating that you will receive a residence permit for study. You will receive this IND decision letter from the immigration office of the UvA. You have to carry this with you while you travel.
You must bring the letter stating that you will receive a residence permit (kennisgeving) when you travel to the Netherlands. If a family member is accompanying, they must have a copy of your IND letter as well.
May I start my residence permit application before the moment I receive the invitation?
No, you cannot start your application before we send you the invitation mail. The IND does not allow educational institutions to send in applications earlier than three months prior to the start of a student’s degree programme.
I haven’t received my residence permit application yet. When can I expect to receive it?
We start sending the invitation mails to start the application three months prior to the start of each semester. If you haven’t received it in that period of time, please contact your Admissions department to see whether they have forwarded your details to the Immigration team.
Can I change the pick-up location for my MVV (entry visa) from one embassy/consulate to another?
This is only possible in very exceptional situations (for example, a trip to another country is not a valid reason). Please note that you have to arrange the change in locations by contacting both embassies yourself. Once both embassies have agreed to the change, please inform us so that we can notify the IND accordingly. Then the IND needs to decide whether your reason is exceptional enough.
Why is my passport not being accepted when I upload it into MyInfo?
For us to be able to send your application to the IND, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the start of your programme. If your passport expires within the next 6 months, we advise you to start an extension application through your home country. Once your new passport is approved, you will be able to upload it to your application.
Where can I collect my residence permit card?
You can collect your residence permit card at the IND desk in Amsterdam approximately 3 weeks after submitting your biometric details, which you provided either at the embassy when you collected your MVV or at the IND desk in Amsterdam. For more information, please visit our Upon arrival website.
My partner needs a residence permit as well. Can the university arrange that for us?
Unfortunately not, we can only assist UvA students (and in some cases, their children) with their application for a Dutch residence permit.
My child needs a residence permit as well. Can the university arrange that as well?
Yes, we can assist with the residence permit application of your child if you are a UvA student, but only when just your child comes with you to the Netherlands. Please let us know if you need us to assist you with applying for a residence permit for your child. If you are moving to the Netherlands with both your child and your partner, you will need to apply for their permits through the IND yourself.
What should I do if I have a residence gap?
A residence gap is a period when you live in the Netherlands without holding a valid residence permit. It may have consequences for future applications through the IND. However, this is not something the UvA can influence. You can avoid a residence gap by ensuring that you hold a valid permit for the duration of your studies at the UvA.
How long am I allowed to stay abroad with a residence permit?
The IND allows you to stay abroad for a maximum of 6 months as a general rule. Beyond that period of time the IND will revoke your residence permit.
In all cases where your residence permit was revoked by the IND, please contact the UvA Immigration team for more information on what to do next.
What is a BSN-number?
A BSN number is your personal number assigned to you by the Dutch government. It is a unique number that never changes and will remain linked to you even if you leave the Netherlands and come back later. A BSN number is similar to a social security or tac identifier number in other countries.
Do I need to register with the municipality within 5 days of my arrival?
No, you don’t. However, you do need to make an appointment to register at the municipality within 5 days of your arrival in the Netherlands. By law you are required to have registered at the municipality within 3 months of your arrival in Amsterdam.
- Do I need to collect my residence permit at the IND or register at the municipality first?
I’m going abroad during my studies and will be (temporarily) deregistering from my address with the municipality. Will this have any effect on my residence permit?
Yes, if you deregister from your address, the IND will automatically receive a notification about your deregistration from the municipality. The IND will then revoke your residence permit. Therefore, in order to keep your residence permit, it is very important to stay registered with the municipality.
I want to go abroad during my studies. Does this affect my residence permit?
The municipality allows you to stay abroad for a certain period of time during your studies. Please visit the website of the Municipality of Amsterdam for information. Please note that you have to stay registered at the municipality during your stay abroad if you want to keep your residence permit!
For extra information about staying abroad during your studies, please contact the UvA Immigration team.
- When will I receive an invitation to extend my permit?
Can I travel with my residence permit card when it is being extended?
Yes, you can travel on your residence permit when it is extended as long as it is still valid. However, are you not exempt from requiring an MVV-entry visa and need to travel back to the Netherlands after your residence permit card expiry date? Then you will have to apply for a return visa at the IND or a Dutch embassy.
- Can I travel with my residence permit card when it is not valid anymore but I am still enrolled at the university?
- Do I need to submit my biometrics again when extending my permit?
I’m considering to (temporarily) end my degree programme enrolment. Will this have any effect on my residence permit?
Yes, this will have consequences for your residence permit. As this may impact your residency status in the Netherlands, please visit our page about Discontinuing your study for more detailed information.