Last Updated: April 10, 2021

Netherlands Student Visa

Living and studying in the Netherlands is considered to be very satisfying for International students as most of the locals speak English. The Dutch universities are globally known to provide quality education in English. In addition, the EU/EEA students have the privilege of paying lower tuition fees compared to non- EU/EEA students. In order to study abroad let us first understand the visa types and the application process.

Types of Netherlands Student Visa

Students should first check the duration of the course before selecting the type of visa to apply for. Visa types depends upon whether you are going for a short-term course or a degree course. Only non- EU students require a student visa. EU students only need to obtain personal public service number BSN from a local governing body and also need to unregister before leaving the country. They also need to carry a valid passport, birth certificate and copy of the tenancy contract with them, while traveling.

Where and How To Apply For Netherlands Visa?

I) The MVV Student Visa:

Documents Required

  1. A valid passport (18 months from the date of application).
  2. Fully filled and signed MVV visa application form, downloaded from the Internet.
  3. Proof of Enrollment either the copy of offer letter or acceptance letter, from a recognized Dutch host Institution (short term or long term course should be specified in the letter). Proof of prepaid one-year course fee should also be attached.
  4. Proof of Finance support in the form of the latest Bank Statement, which covers your stay, study, and return process. As per the requirements of the Dutch Ministry minimum of EUR22 per month is required, in your account. Scholarship letters are also accepted.
  5. Proof of Travel Insurance and annual health insurance is a must.
  6. Medical certificate declaring you are mentally and physically healthy.
  7. No previous criminal record.
  8. At least 5 copies of recent photograph in correspondence with application specifications.

Few Things To Keep In Mind:

  1. To avoid delays fill in all authentic details.
  2. Incomplete applications will not be processed and the visas will not be issued.
  3. Install money transfer apps in your mobile phones well in advance.
  4. The application fees must be paid and transferred to the IND (Immigration and Naturalization Service) directly. The fees can be paid using credit/debit cards or cash. Checks are not accepted.
  5. While an interview is not compulsory, if an interview is required, the applicant will be notified when the application is submitted or through a phone call.
  6. Additional information may be needed for processing the visa depending on the applicant's nationality and purpose of entry.

II) Residence Permit Visa

III) Schengen Visa Criteria:

  1. Apply to the Dutch consulate of your country mentioning the country you intend to visit.
  2. For single entry or one trip visa apply at least 45 days prior to your travel date. The is displayed in the form of a sticker affixed on your passport, indicated by '01' on the sticker.
  3. If you intend to travel to other countries then apply for a 02 or multi-entry visa, at the consulate. This is displayed as '02'or 'Mult' on the sticker affixed on your passport. The multi-entry visa is valid for a maximum of 6 months.
  4. Visa fees differ based on your age and EU or NON-EU status.

Documents required:

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Time constraint is the major restriction while applying for a study visa. The entry MVV visa can be obtained faster if the respective University applies for it on behalf of the student otherwise it is mandatory to apply in advance to allow sufficient processing time for the visa. As a rule, after a visa application is submitted to the Consulate a decision is taken by the Consulate within 15 calendar days. This period might be extended up to 45 days.


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