Pilot to complete last year of vocational training in the Netherlands

Last update: 29 May 2022

You want a residence permit to complete the last year of your fulltime programme at vocational education level 4 (MBO4) in the Netherlands. Only an educational institution recognised by the IND can apply for a residence permit for you. Find out what the requirements are and how your educational institution applies for the residence permit.

Requirements

The residence permit for incoming mobility MBO4 is a pilot project. This pilot project started on 1 February 2017 and will run until 1 January 2024. These requirements apply to you and your educational institution.

  • You meet the general requirements that apply to everyone.
  • You are 18 years or older.
  • You are following a fulltime programme at vocational education level 4.
  • You have obtained a score of at least 4.5 on a test of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Or you have been educated in English before.
  • The educational institution is a member of  the Code of Conduct for incoming mobility MBO4, and is included in the corresponding register.
  • The educational institution is a sponsor recognised by the IND.
  • The application for a residence permit comes under the criteria in Article 8.1 of the Code of Conduct Incoming Mobility MBO4  (only available in Dutch: Gedragscode Inkomende mobiliteit mbo-4).

Process and costs

These are the steps in the application process for the residence permit.

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Application form

Written application forms

Your educational institution submits the application for you and uses this application form:

Written application forms

Your educational institution submits the application for you and uses this application form:

Notification form

Your educational institution must notify the IND of changes that have consequences for your residence permit. This also applies to changes that have consequences for recognition as a sponsor. The IND must be notified of a change within 4 weeks. Will the address change where the records of the educational institution are kept? In that case your educational institution must notify the IND within 2 weeks. Your educational institution must use this notification for study under the pilot 'incoming mobility MBO4' (only available in Dutch): 

The residence permit

Other things you need to know about the residence permit:

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  • TB test

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  • Working with the residence permit

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  • Legal obligations

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  • Validity of the residence permit

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Questions

Do you still have questions? Then contact the Business Team (in Dutch: Team zakelijk) via  verkort@ind.nl.