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Maintain your residence permit for study purposes

If you are following a Bachelor's or Master's programme and already have a residence permit for study purposes, you must meet several requirements.

In order to retain your residence permit for study purposes, you must actively study and be enrolled, obtain sufficient credits for the IND study progress standard and show that you have sufficient financial resources.

Yearly statement

This yearly statement is sent out at the end of the academic year, just before the summer holidays, to the email address known to the Central Student Administration. You must complete this statement and send the documents to AUAS Immigration Affairs. 

The forms will state the relevant deadline and explain how they should be submitted. Please note that we will request additional financial documents from you to support what you have stated on the forms. If you do not submit additional documents, you will fail to meet one of the conditions of the residence permit, and AUAS Immigration Affairs will have to notify this to the IND.

See the Requirements for residence permit page for the consequences should we notify the IND that you have not met the yearly statement requirements.

Study progress

For international Bachelor's or Master's students with a residence permit for study purposes there are two study progress thresholds:

1. IND progress monitoring

Students with a residence permit for study purposes are obliged to obtain at least 50% of their required credits each year to continue to study at AUAS. If your study progress is not sufficient, we must report this to the IND and you may lose your residence permit.

There are three situations in which the IND progress monitoring is not applicable:

  • Excusable cause due to personal circumstances: It is possible that due to personal circumstances you did not obtain 50 percent of your required credits. In this case you need to go to your student counsellor (studentendecaan), who can determine if you have an excusable cause that will exempt you from the IND study progress monitoring. Should you have an excusable reason, your student counsellor needs to make a declaration which will allow you to pursue your studies. Please note that this excusable reason is only applicable to your current study year.
  • Almost graduating: If you are a last year student and will finish your studies before August 31th of this current study year, you do not have to worry about the study progress threshold.
  • Not studying at the AUAS with a residence permit for study purposes: If you have a different Dutch residence permit then purpose study, you might be exempted from study threshold. Please inform AUAS Immigration Affairs as soon as possible and send a copy of your residence permit (front and back) so we can check whether this is the case.

2. Binding Study Advice (BSA)

The BSA is a recommendation issued by the examination board regarding whether or not a student will be permitted to continue their studies in the degree programme in which they are enrolled. Only when the BSA is positive the student is permitted to continue the study. Students need to obtain 50 ECTS or more in their first year to fulfil the BSA study threshold. For more information and exceptions, please see the Binding Study Advice page.

If you have not made sufficient study progress and your personal circumstances did not affect the result, AUAS Immigration Affairs must report this to the IND. After you have been deregistered due to insufficient study progress, AUAS immigration Affairs cannot apply for a new residence permit for you. If you want to continue studying with a residence permit for study purposes, we recommend that you apply to another educational institution. For more information check the following website from the IND regarding study progress(opens in new window).