Depending on your country of origin, you may require an Entry Visa, i.e. a ‘Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf’, or ‘MVV’ (an ‘Authorisation for Temporary Stay’) to enter Holland. Additionally, if you are to remain in Holland for a period longer than three months, you will need a Residence Permit. The Fontys University of Applied Sciences has an agreement with the Dutch Immigration & Naturalisation Service (the ‘IND’) to apply for Entry Visas and Residence Permits on behalf of its students. The required procedure will be commenced before you travel to Holland. As a student, you may not apply for your own Entry Visa and/or Residence Permit.
Entry Visa / Authorisation for Temporary Stay (‘MVV’)
All non-EU/EEA students entering Holland will require an Entry Visa (‘MVV’), except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA and Vatican City State. This Entry Visa is a sticker that is placed in your passport and is issued by the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country of origin.
Residence Permit (‘VVR’)
All those who enter Holland with or without an Entry Visa (‘MVV’) and who wish to stay for a period of longer than three months, are obliged to apply for a ‘Verblijfsvergunning regulier’, or ‘VVR’ (a Residence Permit). The Immigration Officer will send the application to the Dutch Immigration & Naturalisation Service (‘IND’) on your behalf. Your Residence Permit will be ready soon after your arrival in Holland.
The application procedure
For further information regarding the application procedure, please refer to the brochure Visa Procedures.
Please note: Students hailing from Pakistan will be requested to provide motivation for their wish to study in Holland during an interview to be conducted at the Dutch embassy in Islamabad.