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Attend secondary or vocational education

You wish to attend secondary or vocational education in the Netherlands. You need a residence permit to study in the Netherlands. What are the conditions for this residence permit? And how does the application procedure work?

Other conditions apply to persons with the nationality of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland and their family members.

These procedure and conditions also apply to exchange students.

Conditions

There are certain conditions that apply to everyone. In addition, you and your educational institution have to meet the following conditions:
  • The Netherlands is the most appropriate country for your education. You will not get a residence permit if the education or a similar education is also available in your country of origin or your country of continuous residence. In addition, you have to at least meet 2 of the following conditions:
    • You are from and have the nationality of Suriname, Indonesia or South Africa.
    • You have family ties with persons living in the Netherlands who have a residence permit or who have Dutch nationality.
    • You can read, speak, write and understand Dutch.
  • Your education can make a positive contribution to the development of your country. This depends, among other things, on:
    • The development stage your country is in. Are you from a highly industrialised country? Than the study will usually not meet this requirement.
    • The kind of study. The study must have essential meaning for the labour market in your country.
  • You must have a (provisional) proof of registration at an educational institution for secondary or vocational education for a full-time course (not a correspondence course). This educational institution is a recognised sponsor with the IND. Recognised educational institutions are listed in the Public Register of Recognised Sponsors.
  • Your must have sufficient independent long-term funds. There are various ways to show this.

Other conditions may apply for Turkish nationals and their family members.

Prepare for the education

Do you need a transition year or do you need to prepare for your studies in a different way? You can have a one-time maximum period of 12 months to prepare for your studies.

Costs

This application costs € 317. 

Checklist documents

The educational institution has a list of documents that you need.

You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

 

Steps in the application procedure

1. Submit application and payment

To travel to the Netherlands, you need a provisional residence permit (mvv). The mvv is a sticker that the Dutch representation places in the passport. In some cases, you do not need an mvv.

Only the recognised educational institution can submit the application for a residence permit for study. A recognised educational institution has made an agreement with the IND and is listed in the Public Register of Recognised Sponsors.

The educational institution applies for the mvv and the residence permit at the same time. Your educational institution uses the application form. The forms are at the bottom of this page. The educational institution sends the application to the IND.

The IND collects the fees of the application from your educational institution.

​2. Receipt and check application

Your educational institution will get a confirmation letter once the IND has received the application. The confirmation letter states the date the IND has received the application. It also states the period within which the IND makes a decision. The IND will then check to see if your application is complete.

​3. Decision

The IND checks whether you and your educational institution meet all the conditions required for the residence permit. The IND has to make a decision within a period of 90 days.

  • Negative decision
    If you or your educational institution do not meet the conditions, you will not get an mvv and a residence permit. This decision is given in the formal decision. The IND sends the decision to your educational institution. You or your educational institution can register an objection against this decision.
  • Positive decision
    If you and your educational institution meet all the conditions, you will get an mvv and a residence permit. Your educational institution receives a letter with the decision. The IND also informs the Dutch representation.

4. Collect mvv

You collect the mvv from the Dutch representation that your educational institution has filled in on the application form.

You have 3 months to collect the mvv. Please make an appointment for this with the representation. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months on the day you get the mvv.

You have to provide your biometric information upon collecting the mvv.

5. Travel to the Netherlands

​Once you have collected your mvv, you can travel to the Netherlands. The mvv is valid for 90 days. The validity is shown on the mvv sticker. The mvv sticker shows 2 dates:

  • Effective date: as of this date the mvv is valid.
  • End date: as of this date the mvv is no longer valid.
The mvv allows you to travel within the Schengen Area.

Steps in the application procedure

​1. Submit application and payment

You do not need a visa to travel to the Netherlands. You can apply for a residence permit directly.

Only a recognised educational institution can submit the application for a residence permit for study. A recognised educational institution has made an agreement with the IND and is listed in the Public Register of Recognised Sponsors.

The educational institution applies for the residence permit. Your educational institution uses the application form. The forms are at the bottom of this page. Your educational institution sends the application form together with the required documents to the IND by post.

The IND collects the fees from your educational institution.

​2. Receipt and check application

Your educational institution will get a confirmation letter once the IND has received the application. The confirmation letter states the date the IND has received the application. It also states the period within which the IND makes a decision. The IND will then check to see if your application is complete.

3. Decision

​The IND checks whether you and your educational institution meet all the conditions required for the residence permit. The IND has to make a decision within a period of 90 days.

Negative decision
If you or your educational institution do not meet the conditions, you will not get a residence permit. This decision is given in the formal decision. The IND sends the decision to your educational institution. You or your educational institution can register an objection against this decision.

Positive decision
If you and your educational institution meet all the conditions, you will get a residence permit. You will receive a letter from the IND to collect the residence permit.

Are you still abroad? Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you have to go to an IND desk to provide the biometric information.

Application forms and costs

Application for the purpose of residence of ‘study’ - Secondary and vocational education7505

Your educational institution uses this form to start your application.

Checklist documents

The educational institution has a list of documents that you need.

You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

Costs application

This application costs € 317.

  • Are you from San Marino or Israel? Based on the Benelux Treaty you do not pay for the application.

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Application for the purpose of residence of ‘study’ - International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme7506

Your educational institution uses this form to start your application International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Checklist documents

The educational institution has a list of documents that you need.

You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

Costs application

This application costs € 317.

  • Are you from San Marino or Israel? Based on the Benelux Treaty you do not pay for the application.

Download  

Application forms and costs

Application for the purpose of residence of ‘study’ - Secondary and vocational education7505

Your educational institution uses this form to start your application.

Checklist documents

The educational institution has a list of documents that you need.

You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

Costs application

This application costs € 317.

  • Do you have the status long term resident EU in another EU country? Your application costs [Langdurige ingezetene die deze status heeft gekregen in een ander EU-land$zondermvvbedrag].​

Download  

Application for the purpose of residence of ‘study’ - International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme7506

Your educational institution uses this form to start your application International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Checklist documents

The educational institution has a list of documents that you need.

You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

Costs application

This application costs € 317.

  • Do you have the status long term resident EU in another EU country? Your application costs [Langdurige ingezetene die deze status heeft gekregen in een ander EU-land$zondermvvbedrag].​

Download  

After the application

Collect your residence permit

The IND aims to have the residence permit ready within 2 weeks after the positive decision. The IND will send your educational institution a letter indicating when you can collect the residence permit. You do not have to make an appointment to collect your residence permit. 

Check to see if the information on the residence permit is correct while you are still at the IND desk. If something is incorrect, inform the IND staff member at once.

Registration with the municipality

Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you must register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BPR)  in the municipality you are going to live.

To register with the municipality you need a legalised and translated  birth certificate. Take this therefore with you when you travel to the Netherlands.

TB test

You have indicated your intent to undergo a tuberculosis test (TB test) when you applied. You have to make an appointment for this with the Area Health Authority (GGD). You do this within 3 months after having received your residence permit. Please take the 'TB test referral form' with you to the appointment.

In some cases you are exempt from taking a TB test.

Take out health insurance

Anyone living in the Netherlands must take out health insurance. You do this within 4 months following your arrival in the Netherlands.

Validity residence permit

​The residence permit for study is valid for the duration of your education plus 3 months. You can get 1 extra year for a preparatory education or a transition year, for example to learn Dutch. The residence permit is issued for a maximum period of 5 years.

Work and internship

The back of your residence permit shows if you are allowed to work. You are allowed to work in the Netherlands, however no more than 10 hours a week. Instead of these 10 hours a week, you are also allowed to carry out seasonal work in June, July and August. You may only work if your employer has a TWV for you.
In addition, you are allowed to work as a self employed person. Important is that you continue to meet the requirements for your residence permit for study.

Your residence permit states 'TWV vereist voor arbeid van bijkomende aard, andere arbeid in loondienst niet toegestaan'.

Are you going to do an internship in the Netherlands? You do not need a TWV if the internship is relevant to your study. You must have signed an internship agreement with the company where you will do your internship and your educational institution. You can find more information on doing an internship in the Netherlands at Nuffic.

Legal obligations / a stay abroad for study purposes

There are a number of legal obligations that apply to you and your educational institution.

The IND monitors your compliance with these legal obligations. Failure to meet these legal obligations may have consequences.

Are you temporarily going abroad for your studies? You cannot be abroad for more than 12 months in a row. If you stay abroad for more than 12 months, the IND can revoke your residence permit. Even when you are studying abroad or are doing an internship, the study progress monitoring continues to apply.

Further applications (extend or change)

Replace residence permit

Is your residence permit damaged, lost or stolen? In that case, have the residence permit replaced.

Extend residence permit

Is your residence permit due to expire soon? Apply for an extension.

Change residence permit

Has something changed in your situation that influences your residence permit? Are you quitting your studies for example? Or, is the student's progress insufficient?  Please report this immediately to the IND. It may mean that, due to the changes in your situation, the residence permit has to be changed.

Have you finished your education? You can change your residence permit to a residence permit to look for work in the Netherlands or to work as a highly skilled migrant.

Are you directly changing your residence permit within 3 years to a residence permit to work as a highly skilled migrant? A lower income requirement applies.  

Return visa

If you are awaiting a procedure, you do not have a valid residence document at present and you wish to travel outside the Netherlands, you may need a return visa to re-enter the Netherlands. This could be the case if your current residence permit is no longer valid or your current residence permit will expire during your stay outside of the Netherlands. To apply for a return visa you must meet certain conditions. ​

Country of continuous residence

​A country of continuous residence is a country (other than the country of origin) where you may lawfully live for more than 3 months. This means you have a valid residence permit for that country. Or that you are waiting for your application for a residence permit to be aproved.

Are you in a country in your free term? Of with a visa for short stay (maximum of 3 months)? This is not continuous residence.

Recognised sponsor

A sponsor is a person, employer or organisation that has an interest in the arrival of the foreign national in the Netherlands. An organisation is obliged to get recognition as a sponsor if they wish to apply for a residence permit for au pair, exchange, study, highly skilled migrant and scientific researcher (Directive 2005/71/EG).

Provisional residence permit (mvv)

​The provisional residence permit (mvv) is a visa you need if you wish to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days.

Dutch representation

​This is the Dutch embassy or consulate.

Formal decision

​A formal letter with the decision on your application.

TWV

​A TWV is a work permit. The employer applies for a TWV with UWV (Netherlands Employees Insurance Agency). UWV examines among other things if there is no employee with the Dutch, EU/EEA or Swiss nationality that is qualified for the job. For more information about the TWV, check the website of UWV (only in Dutch).