To enter the Netherlands for the purpose of studying, you may require a visa and/or a residence permit, depending on the following factors
- Your nationality, i.e. as stated in your passport.
- The duration of your stay, i.e. for less or more than three months.
- The purpose of your stay, i.e. we assume that you intend coming to the Netherlands to study, or for a preparatory year.
Entry Visa / Authorisation for Temporary Stay (‘MVV’)
All non-EU/EEA students entering the Netherlands 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 the Netherlands 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). Fontys Team International Students 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 the Netherlands.
Start your preparations early
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. You will find more information in this brochure: Coming to study in the Netherlands. Although the ‘IND’ generally processes applications within two-three weeks, we recommend that you start the process early, i.e. approximately three months before you plan to enter Holland, as it may take some time for you to gather all of the required documentation.
Additional conditions for students of the following nationalities:
Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cameroon and Nigeria.
Students of these nationalities have to be aware they have to transfer the full refundable amount of the living expenses (10.800 euro for the first year ) to the bank account of Fontys. Proof by financial documents you have access to this amount will not be accepted. Please note that the visa process will take 3 months instead of 2-3 weeks. Fontys therefore counts an application process of 5 months for these nationalities. Consequently, the application deadlines for these students differ from the regular deadline: Application deadline for students from Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cameroon and Nigeria: September intake – 31st of March February intake – 31st of August Fontys will arrange accommodation for students from Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cameroon and Nigeria.
The rent (12 months + deposit) will be withheld from the living expenses and directly transferred to the landlord. In this case no other housing payments have to be made before the start of your study. The remaining amount of living expenses will be transferred to your new Dutch bank account