Applying for a Dutch visa and residence permit
Do you come from one of the countries below and are you are going to study at Maastricht University for more than 90 days? Then you need both a visa (MVV) and a residence permit (VVR).
You can only apply for a residence permit via Maastricht University. The application starts automatically after you have been admitted to a programme.
This service is free of charge. However you must pay the statutory cost of € 317 for the residence permit. The residence permit is valid for the duration of your programme.
Visa and residence permit for students from
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Bermuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Cameroon, the Comoros, Democratic Republic Congo, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial-Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, the Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tomé and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Please note that one of the requirements for a visa/residence permit for study is that you pay the full tuition fee in one lump sum prior to the start of the study programme.
Read about the application procedure below
before you depart for Maastricht
1. You have been admitted to a programme at Maastricht University.
2. Your details are passed on to the UM Visa Office. This will happen automatically.
3. You will receive an email from the UM Visa Office. This states everything that you need to know about the application for your visa and residence permit.
When will you receive email from the UM Visa Office?
If you start your studies in September, you will receive the email at the start of May.
If you start your studies in February, you will receive the email at the start of November.
4. The UM Visa Office will ask you for at least the following documents:
- Copy of your passport: your passport must be valid for at least one month longer than the duration of the UM programme you are registered for.
- Evidence of sufficient financial resources: you must be able to prove that you have at least € 885 per month for rent, food and insurances. The visa office will inform you about how you can do that.
- Completed consent form: this form authorises the Visa Office to arrange the application on your behalf.
- Completed antecedents form: this is a statement that you have not committed any criminal offence.
5. You will receive a message if all of the documents satisfy the conditions.
6. The UM Visa Office will start your visa application. The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (Nederlandse Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst, abbreviated IND) needs about 5 weeks to process your application. As soon as this has been done you will receive a notification by email.
7. You make an appointment with the Dutch Embassy in your country. There you must submit passport photos and have your fingerprint registered. After that you will receive your visa. You will receive your residence permit after your arrival in the Netherlands.
Please note! Do not book your trip to the Netherlands until after you have received your visa.
After your arrival in Maastricht
8. The Visa Office will inform you about where and when you can personally pick up your residence permit.