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Residence permit in the Netherlands - 08 April 2010

A residence permit is a card which proves that you are residing legally in the Netherlands. You are obliged to obtain a residence permit if you are a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country or Switzerland and you would like to stay in the Netherlands for a period of more than three months. A residence permit will generally be issued for a period of one year. Depending on the purpose of your stay, the validity may be for a longer or shorter period of time. If you are staying here for a longer period, you have to extend your residence permit before the expiring date. Furthermore, a change of purpose of stay in the Netherlands also means your residence permit has to be changed.

On arrival – first application
Within five days of your arrival in the Netherlands your host institution (university or university of applied sciences) has to apply for a residence permit on your behalf.

If you come to the Netherlands to do a traineeship (you are studying abroad) or if you come for the purpose of a work experience (you already have a job abroad), you have to go to the IND office in the region where you are staying.

Arrive with the correct visa! Remember: if you are in the Netherlands on a short-stay visa, you can never be issued a residence permit! It is therefore crucial that you depart from your home country with the correct document in your possession: a short-stay visa if you are staying for three months or less, or an MVV if you intend to stay for more than three months and if your nationality requires an MVV.

Validity of the residence permit
If you are:

- a student preparing for enrolment: Your residence permit will be valid for a maximum of 12 months. It is not possible to extend it!
- a student: Your residence permit will be valid until the end of the academic year (until September 1st), but may be extended.
- a student doing a traineeship: Your residence permit will be valid for a maximum of 12 months. It is not possible to extend it!
- a migrant coming for work experience: Your residence permit will be valid for a maximum of 6 months. It is not possible to extend it!

Extension of the residence permit
If you are in the Netherlands for study purposes and your stay will exceed the validity period of your permit, you have to extend your residence permit.

Change in the purpose of your stay
It is possible that you change the purpose of stay while residing in the Netherlands temporarily, e.g. you change from study to work or you are swithing courses. You will have to change your residence card accordingly.


Visit the following pages for detailed information on NUFFIC (NESO)
How to register for a NUFFIC (NESO) Certificate?
How to submit documents for a NUFFIC (NESO) Certificate?
When to apply for a Nuffic (Neso) Certificate?
Fees payable for a NUFFIC (NESO) Certificate
Nuffic (Neso) Certificate
Apply for Nuffic (Neso)/ Nuffic (Neso) Application
Netherlands Visa regulations
Visa application group A
Visa application group B
Visa application group C
Visa application group D
Visa application group E
Health Insurance
Document Verification
Registration with Municipality
Registration with Aliens Police
Registration with University
Residence permit
Short Stay permit
Temporary stay visa
Work Permit


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