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You live in the Netherlands and finance the study of a foreign student

​You want to pay the cost of study and living in the Netherlands for a foreign student. You need to have income to do this. On this page you will read the income requirements.

​The income requirements are:

  1. You earn an independent income: this is an income for which you have paid taxes and social security contributions.
  2. Your income is sustainable: this means that you receive your income for a longer period.
  3. You have sufficient income: this means that your income is high enough.

The requirements are now explained further.

1. You earn an independent income

An independent income is an income that you earn yourself and for which you have paid taxes and social security contributions. Read if you income is independent.

2. Your income is sustainable

Your income is sustainable when you will still receive it for another 12 months on the day the IND receives your application. Read the page When is my income sustainable? for more information on the sustainability of your income.

3. You have sufficient income

The amount you have to earn, is called the required amount. The required amount equals the statutory minimum wage plus the required amount for the study level of the student. Or 70% of the statutory minimum wage plus the required amount for the study level of the student when you are single or a single parent. The statutory minimum wage and the required amount change every 6 months, on 1 January and 1 July. Check the required amount for you. And read how the required amount is calculated for your income.

You may add up different incomes to meet the required income

You can, for example, add up income from different employers. Or a salary in paid employment and profit from your own company. Each income should, however, meet the requirements for that income. All incomes together should at least equal the required amount.

You may count the income of your partner

The following conditions apply:

  • You and your partner live together.
  • Your partner is a Dutch national or has a Dutch residence permit.

Both your incomes should meet the requirements. This means both need to be independent and sustainable. To meet the required amount you can add up the independent and sustainable incomes.

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What is statutory minimum wage?

The statutory minimum wage is the the lowest amount of salary that an employer should pay you. This is stated in the law.