Visa and residence permit
International students are subject to the Dutch immigration procedures. These procedures can vary depending on your nationality.
When is a visa or residence permit needed?
Generally speaking, most non-EU citizens will have to obtain a visa in their home country before they can travel to the Netherlands. If you are from the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the Vatican City and Monaco, you do not need a visa. However, you will need a residence permit if you are going to stay in the Netherlands for more than three months.
If you have the Chinese nationality, you will need to obtain a so-called Nuffic certificate before we can start your short visa procedure. This does not apply to students from Hongkong.
The application deadline for a visa and/or residence permit for academic year 2018-2019 is the 1st July 2018.
How to apply for a visa or residence permit
Please consult the Residence Wizard to check whether you need a visa and/or residence permit in the Netherlands. If you do need a visa, you can download this application guide (pdf) and use this antecedents certificate (pdf). Use the application manual (pdf) to guide you through the online application process for your visa or residence permit.
For a number of nationalities it is obliged to undergo a tuberculosis test and - if necessary - treatment - in order to obtain a residence permit.
To whom does it apply?
The obligation to undergo the test does not apply if you are a national of one of the following countries: one of the Member States of the EU or the EEA, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Suriname, United States of America and Switzerland (including Liechtenstein). Nor does the obligation to undergo the test apply if you have an EC residence permit for long-term residents issued by another EU country or are his/her family member and were already admitted to another EU country as a family member of the long-term resident.
For the application of your visa and or residence permit you have to hand in a declaration (pdf) which states that you are willing to take a TB test within three months. Zuyd organizes two central sessions for the TB test in Maastricht in September or October. The costs for the test are € 45,60 and must be paid cash or by bank card. If you can’t take part (e.g. if your application for the visa and/or residence permit is sent too late) you have to make an individual appointment the Community Health Services desk in Roermond.
Should it become clear after the issue of a residence permit that - despite signing the declaration of intent - you failed to undergo a TB test within the period of three months, this may result in a cancellation of the permit that was granted.
Study Progress Report
All universities are obliged to send an annual report to the Dutch Immigration Authorities (IND) regarding the study progress of the international students. You must obtain at least 50% of the total number of ECTS credits each academic year in order to be able to continue your study. If this requirement is not met, IND has the right to cancel your residence permit and you will be unable to stay in the Netherlands to finish your studies at Zuyd. It’s also not allowed to change your study programme to avoid this.
We were informed by IND that they have received signals that students are being approached by an organisation pretending to be IND and they request a payment for legal fees or other costs. This is a scam! IND never directly approaches students, all payments to IND for legal fees are done via us, so you pay the fee to Zuyd only.