At the start of your study Wageningen University & Reseach has applied for your entry visa and/or residence permit.
You have received a residence permit for the entire duration of your study, plus three months.
In case you do not have sufficient study progress, the Immigration Office (IND) will be notified and your residence permit may be cancelled.
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If you cannot finish your studies in the allocated time, you need to extend your studies and possibly also your residence permit.
For the extension of your study you need to contact the financial department. You can contact them via the page Questions and answers for current master students. The student will receive the GOP (Guarantee Of Payment) forms by e-mail. On this form the study advisor needs to fill out how many months you will need in order to graduate. Our financial department will send an invoice for tuition fees.
After payment the International Office will inform you about the steps that you have to take regarding your legal stay (with probably a new residence permit).
As we need to extend your residence permit the IND dues for extension are €171,-
After graduation/stopping your study your situation will change and you will have to arrange a lot of things. To help you get started, we have made a 'to do' list.
It is very important to arrange the following matters:
1. Give notice to your accommodation provider Idealis
2. Close your Dutch bank account (when leaving the Netherlands)
3. Inform the Municipality that you will be leaving the Netherlands or moving to another address in the Netherlands
4. Terminate your enrolment as a student via studielink. This should be done before graduation. Please state in studielink that the reason for termination of enrolment is ‘graduation’. The SSC will then only terminate your enrolment when you actually graduate
5. Arrange legalization of your degree (will be arranged by SSC if applicable)
7. Cancel your Rent Subsidy and your so called “zorgtoeslag” (if applicable)
8. In some cases a statement of non-criminal behavior is needed in order to apply for a job. This statement can be obtained at the Municipality
9. Arrange legal residence in the Netherlands (if applicable)
Legal Residence in the Netherlands
An important thing to know is that, at the moment you graduate or stop your study, Wageningen University is legally obliged to inform the Immigration Authorities (IND) that you have graduated/stopped your study.
As from 01-Sept-2017 new rules have become effective. If you have graduated, you are allowed to stay in the Netherlands for another 3 months.*
For example: If you graduate in August, you are allowed to stay in the Netherlands until 01 December.
These 3 months are only meant to finish administrative processes in the Netherlands. However, during this 3 months period, you can use the card to travel to and through Schengen.
*In case your residence permit expires before these 3 months are over, you have to leave the Netherlands before the expiry date mentioned on your residence permit card.
*In case you have extended your residence permit during the time of your study, you are NOT allowed to stay for another 3 months. You have to leave the Netherlands within a month from the end date of your registration, no matter what the expiry date on your residence permit card is.
If your residence permit expires before the above mentioned periods are over, you have to leave the Netherlands before the expiry date mentioned on your card!
If your registration ends for another reason than graduation, you have to leave the Netherlands within 1 month from the end date of your registration, no matter what the expiry date on your residence permit card is.
For example: if your registration ends on 20 March, you have to leave the Netherlands before 1 May.
If your residence permit expires before the above mentioned period is over, you have to leave the Netherlands before the expiry date mentioned on your card!
Your residence permit card is property of the Dutch government. Therefore students, who have graduated or stopped their study, need to return their residence permit card to the IND.
You can either make an appointment for this through the website of the IND or sent the card to the IND. During the appointment, you will receive a return receipt and a colour copy of the residence document.
When travelling home via another Schengen country, you may need to prove your legal stay in the Schengen Area. In this situation we advise you to send the residence permit card to the IND after your arrival in your home country.
Send your residence permit to the following address:
T.a.v. Klantdirectie Regulier Economisch
9560 AA Ter Apel
Before you return your residence document, please be advised to make a copy of both the front as well as the back of the card for possible future reference.
Please note: If you stay in the Netherlands after graduation you will have to change your health insurance. It is not possible to use the AON (student) insurance you received through Wageningen University & Research.
You can take out health insurance directly at AON, Lippmann or any other insurance company. Carefully check the coverage of the insurance. We strongly advise you to have a legal liability insurance and an insurance which covers repatriation in case of serious illness or death.
Legal Residence in the Netherlands: An important thing to know is that at the moment you graduate or stop your study Wageningen University & Research is legally obliged to inform the Immigration Authorities (IND) that you have graduated/stopped your study. This will mean that the IND will cancel your residence permit for the purpose of study. The IND will inform you by regular mail (post) at the address known to them. It is therefore very important to always inform the authorities of any changes in your address.
Staying in the Netherlands after Graduation: When you would like to stay in the Netherlands after your graduation you will have to apply to the IND for a change of purpose. Before you download the application form from the website of the IND we would like to draw your attention to the site of the Nuffic. On this site information is given about the possibilities of working after your studies (search year for a job/ a PhD position in the Netherlands).
On the IND site, under brochures and forms, you are able to download the form "Application residence permit without MVV or change to purpose of stay". Cost for the application are € 171.-. You need to apply for this change of purpose yourself. Please bring the application form with you to the Student Desk after the last mark is registered in the system. They need to fill out and sign the page concerning completion of study at Wageningen University & Research before you can send the application form to the IND.
If you need advice on which purpose of stay would best suit your situation, please contact the IND at 088-0430430.
Health/ legal liability insurance
After your graduation you will have to change your health insurance. It is not possible to use the AON insurance you received through Wageningen University & Research. You can take out health insurance directly at AON, Lippmann or any other insurance company. Carefully check the coverage of the insurance. We strongly advise you to have a legal liability insurance and an insurance which covers repatriation in case of serious illness or death.
The basic rules regarding the maximum duration of legal residence are:
- A student must have sufficient study progress in order to maintain his/her legal residence.
- At the moment that the student does not obtain more than 50% of the credits he/she could obtain during one academic year or a part thereof, the IND will be informed. In this case the IND may cancel the residence permit. For more information see chapter study progress monitor.
A return entry visa enables a student to return to The Netherlands when he/she has not yet received the (extended) residence permit. The dues are €153,-
You can apply for a return visa if:
- You have submitted an application for an extension, change in purpose of stay or permanent residence, You are waiting for a decision.
- Your residence permit/document has been lost, stolen of damaged or your residence document has the wrong information on it.
Make an appointment with the IND (Immigration Office):
You can find additional information and schedule an appointment for a return visa on the IND website.
Make sure you have the following documents ready:
- Schedule/Calendar and pen
- Old or current residence permit (if applicable)
You need to fill out your V number, which is on the back of your old residence permit or on the approval letter. Once an appointment is made you will be given a special code to enter the IND building.
The return visa is valid for a maximum of three months. In case of study this can be extended up to 6 months. Before the IND issues a return visa for 6 months, they need to have a letter from the study advisor that you need to go abroad in relation to your study and for which period this will be.
The return visa is a national visa; it is not a Schengen visa. Therefore, it is not possible to stay in another Schengen member state other than for transit purposes. If a return visa has been granted and you wish to travel to and stay in another Schengen country, you will have to inquire with the authorities of that country as to whether you will need a visa.
Theft or loss of Residence permit
At the beginning of your study International Office has applied for a residence permit/document for you. This residence permit has a validity of your study, plus three months. In case your residence permit has been stolen or lost you will need to do the following:
Theft or loss of residence document in the Netherlands
Your residence document has been stolen or lost. You first go to the police to report the theft/loss. The police will give you a certified copy of the official report. When you send the application to replace the residence document, you enclose a copy of the official report.
Theft or loss of residence document abroad
Has your residence document been stolen or lost during a stay abroad? You first go to the police to report the theft/loss. The report has to be drown up in Dutch, English, French or German. Is this not the case? The report then has to be translated by a translator certified by a Dutch court.
Without having a residence document, you may need a visa to travel back to the Netherlands. Please contact the Dutch representation in the country you are staying.
You may collect the application form for replacement of your residence document at the student desk or download the form from the website of the IND . You need to complete and send the forms yourself. When you send the application to replace the residence document, you enclose a copy of the official police report.
The dues for replacement of the residence permit card are € 132,-
Finding the residence permit card again after report of theft/loss
Did you report the theft/loss to the police? This makes the residence document permanently invalid. You then always have to apply for replacement. Even when you find the residence permit card again, you can no longer use it. You must hand in this residence permit card at an IND desk or send the document, that you found again, to the following address:
IND Bureau Documenten
P.O. Box 7025
8007 HA Zwolle