When do you need a residence permit?
As a non-EU student, you will need a Dutch residence permit based on your study. In addition, depending on your nationality, you may also need an entry visa (MVV) to enter the Netherlands. The UvA Immigration team will send your application to the IND, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service of the Netherlands. The IND will decide on your application. When an MVV is required, we'll simultaneously apply for your residence permit and your MVV.
Please follow the instructions if you already have a valid Dutch residence permit.
Deadlines September 2023
European Union / European Economic Area or Switzerland
|No immigration procedure (but please submit emergency contact info)||None||None|
Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea,
|Residence permit (VVR)||1 July 2023||€210|
|Residence permit & entry visa (MVV)||1 June 2023||€210|
*Are you a student from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, Uruguay, or South Korea? You may be eligible for a WHS permit. Check the IND website for more information.
When can I start the application for a residence permit?
The Immigration procedure will start in the first few weeks of May. If and when your programme provisionally accepts you, we will send you an invitation to begin the immigration process. You'll be linked to MyInfo, where you can upload the required documents.
To be eligible for the permit, you need to be registered in a full-time degree or exchange programme at the UvA for at least 90 days. Also, you are required to be (at least) provisionally accepted to the programme. If you do not meet all of these conditions, you will not be invited to the immigration procedure. Please note that it is also not possible to start the procedure yourself.
Please ensure you apply to your desired study programme before the admissions deadlines. If you can't apply before the faculty’s deadline, you won't be able to start the immigration process.
The IND must approve your application for a residence permit prior to the programme's start to enrol fully. This is why the admissions and immigration deadlines are so strict.
Validity of the residence permit
Your residence permit will be valid for the duration of your degree or exchange programme plus 3 months if you successfully complete your programme. However, if you decide not to continue your programme, we have to inform the IND. This means you no longer have the right to legal residence in the Netherlands.
For more information about the validity of your residence permit, please check the information on Graduation or completing an exchange programme, the Orientation year residence permit, or the Discontinued study programme and residence status.
Important: Make sure to have your housing accommodation arranged to avoid losing your residence permit. You must register in the Basisregistratie Personen (BRP) through the municipality of Amsterdam, which requires a valid address. Failure to do so may result in difficulties with banking, health insurance, and eventually the revocation of your residence permit on the basis of study.
Study Progress Monitoring
To keep your permit you need to attain at least 50% of the credits of your study programme each academic year. This is part of the so-called ‘Study Progress Monitoring’. Please visit the page for more info on Study Progress Monitoring.