Visa and residence permit required

These rules apply to you if you are travelling to the Netherlands to study towards a Master's degree as a degree-seeking student, you are staying more than 90 days and you are a citizen of a country for which a visa is required.

Required documents

We will need the following documents from you in order to process your residence permit application. You will need to submit all these documents in VUnet.

Required stepsWhen required
  • 1st semester - before 1 June
  • 2nd semester - before 1 December

Additionally, regarding the preferred embassy or consulate, please indicate:

  • Country and city in which you will collect the entry visa
  • Please check if your embassy or consulate is entitled to issue visas

If you submit the documents after the deadline, then it is possible that your residence permit will not be available by the time your course starts. The procedure usually takes 4 weeks, although this can be considerably longer during the summer months.

Since January 2014 the procedure has changed. You no longer need to send the original documents by post to VU Amsterdam. You must only upload the documents in VUnet and your contact person of the Services team will handle the application for your residence permit. Please bring the original documents with you when you travel to Amsterdam.

Tuberculosis test

A tuberculosis (TB) test may be part of your application for a residence permit. If you require a visa to enter the Netherlands, then you will need to take the test unless you are citizen of:

  • Surinam

If you need to be tested, then this must be indicated on the TBC form. It is important to have yourself tested as soon as possible in order to prevent delay in the procedure of your residence permit. You do not need to make an appointment. You can visit during consulting hours at the address and hours below. You will be tested immediately. Please make sure you visit the GGD within 3 months of your arrival.

GG&GD (TBC test)  
Nieuwe Achtergracht 100  
Time: Mon, Tue, Fri: 13.00-15.00.  

Public Transport:  
Take tram 51 from Boelelaan and get off at Weesperplein. From there the GG&GD office is within walking distance.


  • Entry visa (MVV) and residence permit (VVR) €350
  • Residence permit (VVR) €350
  • Change of purpose €350

These fees are valid as of 1 February 2015 and subject to change

You need to transfer this amount to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam before we can start the residence permit application procedure. Payment details will be included in the email that you will receive from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam after you have accepted your participation in VUnet. In case the email does not reach you, the bank details are as follows:

Account name:Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Name of bank:Deutsche Bank
Address of bank:De Entree 99-197, 1101 HE Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Please state your name and S+student number (e.g. s1234567). When paid from abroad, all banking costs are to be paid by the applicant. 

Approval of your entry visa

Your contact person of the Services team at the International Office will inform you when your entry visa is approved by the Dutch Immigration Authorities. You need to contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulate in your country (or third country if you have a valid residence permit for another country) to make an appointment for your entry visa. Please bring a valid passport and a photo (see requirements) to the appointment. In some cases you will receive your entry visa immediatel. It may also be possible that you need to hand in your passport. In the latter case it may take up to 2 weeks before your entry visa will be ready).

After arrival

If you arrive on the Arrival Days and your residence permit is ready, you will be able to visit the IND stand on the Arrival Days. Otherwise your contact person of the Services team at the International Office will notify you when your residence permit is ready.

Strict requirements of the IND

As an educational institution, we are entitled to apply for entry visas and residence permits on behalf of all our international students (with the sole purpose of study). 
Although we apply on your behalf, we are bound by the strict and specific requirements set by the Dutch Immigration Services (IND). Not meeting these requirements means we will not submit your application, since it may be rejected. In that case, your fee will not be refunded. So please make sure that your application is both valid and complete!