If you intend to stay in the Netherlands for more than 3 months, you will be required to apply for a student visa. However, some students may not require a visa to study in Netherlands. That said, International students from the countries listed below don’t require a visa to enter Netherlands if they want to stay for a period longer than 3 months. The countries are: Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, United States of America, and Vatican City.
If you fall into the above mentioned category, then your university/higher institution in the Netherlands will act as your sponsor and will submit a completed application on your behalf. Even though you may submit your application for student a residence permit when you arrive in the Netherlands, it is advisable to do it when you are still abroad. Your institution will then contact the IND (the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Netherlands), which will evaluate your application.
If your student permit for study purposes in the Netherlands is successful, you and your sponsor will receive a confirmation letter. You may collect your residence permit at your local Dutch embassy or consulate within 3 months from the date stamped on the confirmation letter. If you decide to collect your student residence permit in the Netherlands, you will have to do so within 2 weeks of your arrival. If you don’t collect your permit within that period of time, you will need to apply again.
Student visa requirements
International students and students from the countries not listed above should apply for an entry visa (MVV) and a residence permit (VVR) at the same time before making plans to travel to Netherlands. Your university/higher institution in the Netherlands will act as your sponsor and will submit your application for a student residence permit on your behalf. Therefore, it is critical that once you accept your offer letter, you contact your institution and they will inform you about what documents you will need to enclose along with your application for a successful student visa application.
Cost of applying for a visa
The cost of the application for a student residence permit in the Netherlands is EUR 307 and the processing time is up to 3 months.
In order for your student residence permit in the Netherlands to be granted, you will need to prove you have, at least, EUR 854.13 per month for studies at a higher education institution.