Entry visa and residence permit prospective students

Some international students need to have a visa or residence permit when studying in Wageningen. See what applies to your situation.

Do I need an entry visa and residence permit?

Not all students need to apply for an entry visa (MVV) and/or a residence permit.

In the table below you can check if you need to apply for either one of them. After that you can check the information that applies to you.


Country of origin MVV entry visa needed? Residence permit needed? Working permit needed?
EU/EFTA countries* NO NO NO
Croatia NO NO YES
Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New-Zealand, South Korea, U.S.A., Vatican City NO YES YES
All other countries YES YES YES

* EU/EFTA countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom.

What do I need to do if I need an entry visa?

Students who need an entry visa:

International Office (IO) of Wageningen University & Research will apply for both your entry visa and residence permit based on study in the Netherlands. It is not possible to start this procedure yourself. Wageningen University will start this procedure as soon as your payment and/or fellowship letter has been received.

In order to apply for an entry visa and residence permit you need to complete the steps below. International Office (IO) of Wageningen University & Research will send you instructions and forms (roadmap) upon receipt of your payment and/or fellowship letter.

The steps to Legal residence:

1. Fill out the forms that International Office sends you after receipt of your payment and/or fellowship letter

2. E-mail the scanned copies of the completed forms (pdf) and other required documents (pdf) by replying the email that IO has sent you

3. IO will check the forms and will inform you if the forms have been filled out correctly. IO confirms the receipt of the forms

4. IO confirms the start of the procedure.

5. IO informs you as soon as your entry visa and residence permit has been approved by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Services (IND). IO will send you a copy of the approval letter.

6. After receiving the entry visa approval letter, you should contact the Dutch Embassy yourself and make an appointment to collect your entry visa and to submit your biometric data (passport photo and fingerprints). For additional information concerning the process at the embassy, you should contact the Embassy.

7. Book your flight as soon as your visa is in your passport.

8. After arrival, IO will inform you about: the residence permit card & the TB test (if applicable)

During the visa/residence permit application process you may contact IO through Questions and Answers . Please keep in mind that this process may take 4-6 weeks and that IO is not able to speed up the procedure of the Immigration services (IND)

What is an entry visa?

A MVV is an entry visa to enter the country; it is a sticker in your passport issued by the Dutch Embassy or Consulate. Note: an entry visa it is NOT the same as a residence permit.

A MVV is valid for 90 days and from the day of entering the Netherlands or another Schengen Country (but no longer then the expiry date).

Example.

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Once the MVV has been approved by the authorities, you may contact the Dutch Embassy/Consulate to make an appointment to collect your entry visa. The MVV it is a sticker in your passport issued by the Dutch Embassy or Consulate: make sure they give you a type D/multiple entry visa.

The type D/multiple entry visa allows you to travel within the Schengen countries. With multiple entries you can also travel outside the Schengen countries and re-enter several times. When you book your flight to the Netherlands you are also allowed to travel through another Schengen country.

Most of the times the Embassy or Consulate requires a Healthcare insurance certificate when you collect this type of entry visa.

Starting from the date on which the IND authorized the embassy or consulate to issue the MVV to you, you have 90 days to go to the embassy or consulate to apply for your MVV. The embassy will be able to tell you how long it will take before you can pick up your MVV. When you receive your MVV, it will be valid for another 90 days. You may travel to the Netherlands during this period.

Please note that the MVV is only valid for 90 days from the date you entered the Netherlands or one of the other Schengen countries ( but no longer than the expiry date). You will get a date stamp in your passport at the border or the airport. Your MVV still needs to be valid when you collect your residence permit. International Office will contact you as soon as your residence permit card is ready.

Under NO condition should students, who plan to stay longer than three months, enter the Netherlands on a short-term or tourist visa. It is NOT possible to change a tourist visa status into a residence permit.

More about Visa and Immigration Procedures www.ind.nl and http://www.nuffic.nl/international-students/how-to-prepare/visas-and-permits

What do I need to arrange if I do not need an entry visa?

Students from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New-Zealand, South Korea, U.S.A. and  Vatican City need not apply for an entry visa (MVV). However, if these students need to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days, a residence permit for the Netherlands is required.

It is possible to apply for this residence permit (based on study) upon arrival in the Netherlands but as the application process will take several week, both Wageningen University and the Dutch Immigration services (IND) strongly advise new students to start this procedure before arrival. It is not possible to start this procedure yourself.

In order to apply for an entry visa and residence permit you need to complete the steps below. International Office (IO) of Wageningen University & Research will send you instructions and forms (roadmap) upon receipt of your payment and/or fellowship letter.

The steps to Legal residence:

1. Fill out the forms that International Office sends you after receipt of your payment and/or fellowship letter

2. E-mail the scanned copies of the completed forms (pdf) and other required documents (pdf) by replying the email that IO has sent you

3. IO will check the forms and will inform you if the forms have been filled out correctly. IO confirms the receipt of the forms

4. IO confirms the start of the procedure.

5. IO informs you as soon as your residence permit has been approved by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Services (IND). IO will send you a copy of the approval letter.

6. Book your flight. You need not wait for the residence permit to be approved

7. After arrival you need to make an appointment at the IND to have your biometric data taken (passport photo and fingerprints) Your residence permit card cannot be printed before your biometric data have been taken.

8. International Office will contact you  as soon as your residence permit card is ready.

During the residence permit application process you may contact IO through Questions and Answers . Please keep in mind that this process may take 4-6 weeks and that IO is not able to speed up the procedure of the Immigration services (IND)