Intra EU-mobility: Stay in the Netherlands as a student or researcher under Directive (EU) 2016/801

You have a residence permit,  as a student or researcher, that is issued by a member state of the European Union (excluding Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom). You would like to follow part of your studies or carry out research in the Netherlands. What are the conditions? And how does the  procedure work?​

​Conditions

There are certain conditions that apply to everyone. In addition, you have to meet the following conditions:

Intra EU-mobility for students

You want to reside and study in the Netherlands for a maximum of 360 days within the context of intra EU-mobility. You do not need a separate Dutch residence permit if you meet the following conditions:

  • You hold a valid residence permit for study, issued by another member state of the European Union (excluding Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom).
  • Your stay is part of a Union or multilateral program comprising mobility measures or a treaty between 2 or more higher education institutes.
  • You will be following part of your studies at an educational institute that has been recognised as a sponsor by the IND. Recognised educational institutions are listed in the Public Register of Recognised Sponsors.
  • The mobility does not last longer than 360 days. The mobility falls within the validity of the residence permit issued by the first member state.
  • You or, preferably, an authorised educational institution in the Netherlands has submitted a notification and supporting documents to the IND.
  • There is no proof or severe and objective reason to determine that your residence in the Netherlands serves or would serve another purpose.

  • You have sufficient income.

  • You are not going to carry out work for an employer that would contravene with the Foreign Nationals Employment Act (WAV).
  • You do not represent a threat to public order or national security.

Family members of a student
If you come to the Netherlands as a student within the context of intra EU-mobility, then your family members are not allowed to accompany you. An application for a residence permit for your family members will be rejected.

Intra EU-mobility for researchers under Directive (EU) 2016/801

For researchers (and their family members), there are 2 types of intra EU-mobility: short-term and long-term mobility.

Do you want to stay for a maximum of 180 days (in a period of 360 days) in the Netherlands to carry out research? You can make use of the short-term mobility. You do not have to apply for a separate Dutch residence permit.

Do you want to stay in the Netherlands for more than 180 days? You can make use of the long-term mobility. You have to apply for a Dutch residence permit. For more information about the long-term mobility, check Researcher.


Short-term mobility for researchers under Directive (EU) 2016/801

You want to carry out research in the Netherlands for a maximum of 180 days (in a period of 360 days). You do not need a Dutch residence permit if you meet the following conditions:

  • You hold a valid residence permit for research under Directive (EU) 2016/801 or (2005/71/EG) , issued by another member state of the European Union (excluding Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom).

  • You will be conducting research at a research institution in the Netherlands. This research institution is a recognised sponsor by the IND. Recognised employers are listed in the Public Register of Recognised Sponsors.

  • You have a hosting agreement with a Dutch research institution.
  • The mobility does not last longer than 180 days (in a period of 360 days). The mobility falls within the validity of the residence permit issued by the first member state.
  • You or an authorised research institution in the Netherlands has submitted a notification and supporting documents to the IND.
  • There is no proof or severe and objective reason to determine that your residence in the Netherlands serves or would serve another purpose.
  • You have sufficient means to support your stay in the Netherlands and pay for your return trip.
  • You do not represent a threat to public order or national security

Family members of a researcher (short-term mobility)
Do your family members hold a valid residence permit, issued by another member state of the European Union, for stay with you as a partner or minor child? Then they can come with you to the Netherlands. In that case, your family members do not need a Dutch residence permit. However, being their sponsor, you will have to submit a notification and supporting documents, to the IND.

The mobility of your family members does not last longer than 180 days (in a period of 360 days). The mobility falls within the validity of their residence permit issued by the first member state

Costs

This procedure is free of charge.

Checklist documents

You will find all necessary supporting documents in the notification form.

 

Steps in the application process

Submitting a notification

​Are you a student or researcher and do you want to make use of the intra EU-mobility? You have to submit a notification and supporting documents to the IND. This can be done in 2 ways:

  1. You authorise the recognized educational or research institute in the Netherlands to submit the notification and supporting documents for you. This is an efficient way of doing things. Most institution have a lot of experience with submitting notifications.
    Has the authorised institution been recognised as a sponsor by the IND? Then the institution is allowed to use their own attestations.
  2. You submit the notification and supporting documents yourself. You are responsible for submitting the notification and supporting documents in time.

Submitting a notification for family members of a researcher
You are a researcher and want to bring your family members to the Netherlands. You are the sponsor of your family members. Being their sponsor, you have to submit the notification and supporting documents to the IND.

Issuance of residence endorsement sticker

​Did the IND receive the notification and supporting documents? And did you meet all the conditions? Then, you or the authorised recognised institution will be informed that your mobility has been approved. the IND can also issue a residence endorsement sticker. You will have to ask for this yourself. The sticker will be placed in your passport at an IND-desk. You have to make an appointment online for this.

Application forms and costs

Kennisgeving inkomende mobiliteit studie (gemachtigde)7066

​Checklist documenten

U bent gemachtigd door de vreemdeling om de kennisgeving in te dienen. In het kennisgevingsformulier staat welke documenten u met de aanvraag moet meesturen.

Kosten van de aanvraag

Deze procedure kost geen geld.

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Notification Inbound mobility student (foreign national)7568

​Checklist documents

The notification form lists the documents that you have to enclose. 

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

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.

  • The copies must be complete and legible.

  • Write down your name and date of birth on each copy.

  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.

  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application is free of charge.

Download  

Kennisgeving inkomende kortetermijnmobiliteit onderzoeker (gemachtigde)7067

​Checklist documenten

U bent gemachtigd door de vreemdeling om de kennisgeving in te dienen. In het kennisgevingsformulier staat welke documenten u met de aanvraag moet meesturen.

Kosten van de aanvraag

Deze procedure kost geen geld.

Download  

Notification Inbound mobility researcher and family members (foreign national)7569

​Checklist documents

The notification form lists the documents that you have to enclose. 

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

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.

  • The copies must be complete and legible.

  • Write down your name and date of birth on each copy.

  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.

  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application is free of charge.

Download  

After the application

Registration with the municipality

If you are staying in the Netherlands for more than 4 months, you have to register him in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BPR)  in the municipality you are going to live.

To register with the municipality, your child needs a valid legalised and translated  birth certificate. Take this therefore with you when you travel to the Netherlands.​

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.


Students
If you are younger than 30 and live in the Netherlands for study purposes only, you cannot enroll with a Dutch health insurer for a basic health insurance. You can remain insured with the health insurer in your home country.

If you have a (volunteer) part-time job next to your study, you are required to have a basic health insurance with a Dutch health insurer. This is not the case for an internship during your study.  

You can also read the information on the website Zorgverzekeringslijn.             

Right to work

Student
Are you staying in the Netherlands within the context of intra EU-mobility for students? Then the following employment status applies to you: 'TWV vereist voor arbeid van bijkomende aard, andere arbeid in loondienst niet toegestaan'. This means the following:

Paid employment
You are only allowed to work if your employer has been granted a working permit (TWV). In that case, you may:

  • Work for a maximum of 16 hours a week
  • Work full time during the summermonths June, July and August.

The UWV can grant a working permit if you can prove your lawful stay within the context of EU intra-mobility or by means of the residence endorsement sticker in your passport.

Self employed work
You are allowed to work in the Netherlands as a self employed worker without a working permit. However, it is important that you continue meeting the conditions for your residence permit for study.

Researcher
Are you staying in the Netherlands within the context of incoming short-term mobility for researchers? Then the following employment status applies to you: 'Arbeid vrij toegestaan. TWV niet vereist'. This means that you are free to work in the Netherlands and that your employer does not need a working permit (TWV).

Family member of a researcher
Are you staying in the Netherlands within the context of incoming short-term mobility as a family member of a researcher? Then the following employment status applies to you: 'Arbeid niet toegestaan'. This means that you are not allowed to work in the Netherlands.

Termination of right of residence

If you no longer meet the conditions, then you or the authorised educational- or research institute will receive a letter from the IND. In this letter, it will say that your right of residence within the context of incoming mobility has ended. You then will be ordered to leave the Netherlands immediately and return to the first member state.

If you do not obey this order or in case that your immediate departure is deemed necessary, the IND can impose a return decision.

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).