You have a residence permit, for study- or research purposes, 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?
There are certain conditions that apply to everyone. In addition, you have to meet the following conditions:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 purposes (whether or not 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.
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
This procedure is free of charge.
You will find all necessary supporting documents in the notification form.
If you are staying in the Netherlands for more than 4 months, you have to register him in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) 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.
Anyone living in the Netherlands must take out health insurance. You do this within 4 months following your arrival in the Netherlands.
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.
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:
You are only allowed to work if your employer has been granted a working permit (TWV). In that case, you may:
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.
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.
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.
Public order is peace and order on the street and in public spaces. The government organises and controls this peace and order in society. Someone who is a danger to the public order is someone who disrupts this order, for example, someone who commits an offence. The IND therefore checks whether an individual has any registered convictions. We also check whether that person is currently a serious threat to society.
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).