Extension of residence permit

1. When do I need to extend my residence permit?

Holding a valid residence permit is your own responsibility. You are responsible for ensuring that your residence permit is extended on time. If you do not know whether you need to extend your permit, please contact your programme coordinator. He or she will know whether you are expected to finish your studies by the end of the current academic year. In case your student residence permit is not valid until the end of next academic year, we will apply for an extension in the following situations:

    • You do not expect to complete your study programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in time;
    • Your current residence permit is valid until 1 December and you will not finish your study before 1 December;

Note: you need to apply for an extension of your residence permit for study via your VUnet account in case you will apply for a new degree programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam when you have finished a study programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam or another Dutch University (Bachelor, Master or Exchange). In which case you first need to confirm your participation to the study programme and complete the visa page in VUnet indicating that you need a residence permit.

Note: you can only apply for an extension of your residence permit when you have obtained at least 50% of the required ECTS credits per academic year (see for more information Satisfactory Academic Progress). 

Note: if you currently hold a student residence permit obtained via another Dutch university, but this permit is not due to expire before the end of next academic year, please follow the procedure in VUnet.

2. How can I extend my residence permit?

We will apply for an extension of your residence permit after you have submitted the extension request, e-mailed a copy of your passport and the antecedents certificate to studentimmigration@vu.nl, and when you have transferred the fee of €175 to the bank account of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Please fill out the application for the extension of your residence permit and press SUBMIT. Do not forget to include a copy of your current residence permit (front and back side).

3. Payment

For the extension of your residence permit you need to transfer €175 to the bank account of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam:

Account name:Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Name of bank:Deutsche Bank
Address of bank:De Entree 99-197, 1101 HE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
IBAN:NL49DEUT0488004470
BIC:DEUTNL2N

    • Do not forget to state “S” + your student number (e.g. S2533077).
    • Keep in mind that you are responsible for the payment of any foreign bank charges associated with the transaction(s). Ensure that the bank charges are added to the amount to be transferred.
    • Inform studentimmigration@vu.nl once you have transferred the fee.

4. How to collect your new residence permit

We will inform you when the extension has been approved. After you have received confirmation from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam that your new residence permit is ready, you can go to the IND office to collect the new residence permit. You do not need to make an appointment. Please do bring your passport and current residence permit.

IND Office Amsterdam
Stadhouderskade 85
1073 AT Amsterdam
Tram 16 and 24 (direction central station); stop Stadhouderskade
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9.00- 12.30 hours and 13.00 - 16.00 hours

5. What else do I need to know?

Holding a valid residence permit is your own responsibility 
You are responsible for ensuring that your residence permit is extended on time. If you do not know whether you need to extend your permit, please contact your programme coordinator. He or she will know whether you are expected to finish your studies by the end of the current academic year.

The IND may request proof of financial resources 
If necessary, the IND is authorised to request documentary proof of your financial situation. In this case, you will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds per months at your disposal (€900,- per month).

Inform the municipality of any address changes 
The IND will send all correspondence to the address at which you are registered with your local municipality (Basisregistratie Personen, BRP). Always make sure that you inform the municipality of any change in your address.

You cannot re-enter the Netherlands with an expired residence permit 
If you plan to go abroad but your new permit has not yet been issued, make sure you return before your current permit expires. If this is not possible, you will need to request a return visa before leaving the Netherlands. Please call the IND (0900 1234561) and make an appointment to arrange a return visa.

Extending your stay after graduation 
If you plan to stay in the Netherlands after graduation, you have the possibility to apply for a residence permit under the ‘Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment’.

Biometrics
As of January 2014, all non-EU students who need a visa and/or residence permit need to have their photograph and fingerprints taken for their residence document.

6. Contact

Please contact studentimmigration@vu.nl should you have any questions.empty

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