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Coming from abroad

Registration in the municipality of Venlo

Are you moving to Venlo from outside the Netherlands? Are you planning to stay for at least four months? Then you will need to register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (in Dutch "BRP").

Maastricht University (UM) and the municipality of Venlo would like to help you register.To enable a smooth and quick registration, free registration sessions are organised at the municipality of Venlo. If you move to Venlo please register for a group meeting.

Please bring:

  • Original birth certificate
  • A copy of the birth certificate with legalisation or apostille stamp
  • A certified translation of the birth certificate (only if the original document is not in English, Dutch, French or German)
  • Original proof of marital status (via an official document you need to prove that you are not married. It is different for every country where to get this kind of document, but you can always call your embassy to inquire or simply google it)
  • A copy of the marital status document with apostille stamp
  • A certified translation of the proof of marital status (only if the original document is not in English, Dutch, French or German)
  • Valid passport or ID card
  • Filled out form “1e vestiging Buitenland - student” (available at Campus Venlo) [download]
  • Proof of residence (signed rental agreement)

Please make copies of all these documents beforehand!
You have to hand in the copies at the municipality of Venlo. The originals of all documents will be returned to you at the end of the appointment.

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Already living in the Netherlands

Registration in the municipality of Venlo

Already living in the Netherlands
If you come from abroad, but have lived in another Dutch city before moving to Venlo, a short procedure can be followed. You can visit the City Council. Please bring:

  • your passport
  • proof of previous GBA registration

Contact us if you need more information.

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Opening a Dutch bank account

Foreign students only need a Dutch bank account when they do not have a SEPA account in another EU country.

What is SEPA?

SEPA stands for Single Euro Payments Area; a single common payment system within the EU plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Monaco and San Marino.

What do you need to open a bank account?

  • A valid form of ID (passport, European ID card, official residence document)
  • A valid proof of residence

Although ING bank accepts addresses in Belgium and Germany for students from non-SEPA countries, students with a Dutch residence permit (for study or otherwise) are not allowed to live in Belgium or Germany.

  • UM declaration of application
    This form can be obtained at:
    Office of Student Affairs
    Nassaustraat 36,
    5911 BV, Venlo
    Room 1.03
  • An official document with your BSN (burgerservicenummer) on it
    If you do not have a BSN, your Tax Identification Number (TIN)

Please note:  

  • It is not possible to open a bank account without one of the above mentioned documents.
  • Even when they have a Dutch bank account, first-year students requiring a visa/residence permit for study cannot pay their tuition fee by digital authorisation or in installments. They need to transfer the tuition fee in one lump sum prior to the start of the study programme.

Where do you open an account?

  • ING branch
    Keulsepoort 10
    5911 BZ, Venlo

Please make an appointment first: via their website
 

  • ING Service point
    Venlo-Blerick
    Kloosterstraat 54
    5921 HD, Venlo-Blerick
    During opening hours: Monday till Saturday 13.00-17.00 hours – no appointment necessary

Next steps after opening a bank account can be found on the ING website

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Visa

If you are a national of a country other than those within the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you need an entrance visa and/or residence permit to live in the Netherlands for more than three months. The application for this entrance visa and/or residence permit is done by the Visa Office of Maastricht University after you have been (provisionally) admitted. Depending on your nationality, you may also have to do a tuberculosis test. Nationals from an EU-member state or Switzerland may voluntarily register their residence in the Netherlands.

  • After their arrival, all foreign students need to register in the municipal register of the city where they are going to live.
  • If you have any questions about residence permits or visas, you can email the Visa Office
  • Coming from abroad

    Registration in the municipality of Venlo

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  • Already living in the Netherlands

    Registration in the municipality of Venlo

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  • Opening a Dutch bank account

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  • Visa

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