As a student with a nationality from outside the EU/EEA you need to have a visa and/or residence permit for your study in the Netherlands at Saxion. Do you want to know how to get that? Then watch our video and read further!
Our International Office will apply for your visa and/or residence permit.
If you are officially admitted (or admitted under condition) for a study at Saxion, it is time to have a look at your immigration procedures. We will handle all immigration related matters for you, but we understand you would like to know the process and what you need to do to successfully start your study in the Netherlands. (We strongly recommend no travel plans are made or costs are incurred until a decision regarding your visa application is made and the visa has been issued by the Dutch embassy.)
We need you to take the following steps so that we can apply for your visa and/or residence permit:
- Fulfil the payment mentioned on the invoice you received before the deadline.
- Check which category applies to you and download only the relevant files.
- Upload the following documents in sis.saxion.nl:
- Immigration Application form
- Appendix Antecedents Certificate
- Upload a copy of your passport including all stamped pages
After you have completed step 1, 2 and 3:
- We will apply for your visa and/or residence permit around June or July, we cannot give the exact date of application for your visa/residence permit.
- You will receive an email once the application is sent to the IND (immigration services).
- You will have to wait around 3 weeks for an approval.
- You will receive an email once the application has been approved, including information with the next steps you need to take.
- Saxion University of Applied Sciences retains the right to refuse to apply for a student visa/residence permit if there are significant concerns about the applicant's intended purpose of stay in the Netherlands.
- Saxion International Office acts as an intermediary and has no influence whatsoever on the outcome or duration of the visa application process
Proof of financial means:
The IND requires that you have sufficient financial means to cover your stay in the Netherlands.
If you receive a scholarship from your home country or an international scholarship fund (not STS/NLS) which (partly) covers the living costs, you can subtract the scholarship amount from the financial means amount on your invoice. In this case you need to upload the scholarship declaration in the Saxion portal (under ‘Proof of finances’). The declaration must show:
- the date;
- the institution granting the scholarship;
- your personal details (initials, surname and date of birth)
- the start and finish of the scholarship (exact start and end date);
- the amount you receive;
- optional: the name of the scholarship programme.
Read more about the proof of financial means via the link below:
Nationals of EU/EEA states are not required by law to apply for a residence permit. Nor are they required to register with the Dutch immigration authorities. However, there may be some benefits to applying for a residence permit for the purpose of studying. For example, banks, employers or government institutions may require a valid residence document in certain circumstances (for example: to claim (housing) benefits).
The study term determines the residence document you would be eligible for. You are required to apply for the residence permit yourself at the IND. You can find more information on this website.
To be able to study in the Netherlands for a period over three (3) months, you need a residence permit (VVR) for the purpose of study. Saxion will process your application after receiving payment of your total package fee and the required documents.
You need an entry visa (MVV) and a residence permit (VVR) for the purpose of study. Saxion will process your visa application after receiving payment of your total package fee and the required visa documents.
Prospective students with a NON - European Union nationality already living in the Netherlands with a valid residence permit for the purpose of:
Privileged card from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
As a new student Saxion University of Applied Sciences has the obligation to inform the Dutch Immigration Service (IND) about your study at Saxion. If applicable we will also apply for the extension of your residence permit.