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.