To study in the Netherlands - if you come from outside the EU or EEA - you will usually need an entry visa and or a residence permit for study purposes. Check the requirements on this page to see what applies to you.
What requirements are there for a residence permit for study purposes?
- You must be enrolled as a full-time student, provisionally or otherwise, and must attend a full-time degree programme or a full-time exchange programme at AUAS.
- You must have sufficient sustainable (i.e. not a student loan or other loan, etc.) financial resources for tuition fees, for living expenses and to apply for a visa and a residence permit.
For Bachelor's students and Master's students following a full-time programme, the following points apply in addition to the above:
- Each academic year, in order to meet the study progress requirement(opens in new window) of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), you must obtain at least 50% of the required credits. Check our Maintain your residence permit for study purposes page for more information.
- You must send in the yearly statement on time each year and be able to support this statement with sufficient evidence if requested.
What happens if you do not or no longer meet the conditions of the residence permit for study purposes?
If you no longer meet the conditions of the residence permit for study purposes, Immigration Affairs must report this to the IND within four weeks. We receive information about enrolment from the Central Student Administration on a monthly basis. As a consequence of this notification, the IND may decide to revoke your residence permit for study purposes. You will then no longer have valid residence in the Netherlands.
Some examples of situations where the conditions of the residence permit are no longer being met are given below:
- The student is no longer coming to the Netherlands or has left the Netherlands. Check the IND website for the conditions(opens in new window).
- You have not completed your enrolment or re-enrolment on time.
- You do not have sufficient financial resources to pay your tuition fees or to support yourself. Or you cannot demonstrate that you have sufficient financial resources at your disposal to pay your tuition fees and take care of your living expenses.
- You are in arrears, and your enrolment has therefore been terminated.
- Your enrolment as a part-time or full-time student at AUAS has been terminated.
- You have quit the degree programme, or you have completed the programme before the scheduled end date.
- You have not obtained sufficient credits to meet the IND study progress standard(opens in new window) and you have no special circumstances that could explain this.
- You did not submit your yearly statement on time.
What happens after the IND notification?
As soon as Immigration Affairs makes a report to the IND, this is a signal that you no longer meet the conditions of the residence permit for study purposes. The IND will assess the notification and may decide to revoke your residence permit for study purposes. When the IND revokes your residence permit for study purposes, you no longer have a valid residence permit in the Netherlands and have to leave the country. The IND will send you a letter at your last known address in which it announces its intention to revoke your residence permit for study purposes. If the IND has actually revoked your residence permit for study purposes, you will also receive a notification of this at your last known address in the Netherlands.
FAQ regarding deregistration
Below you will find some frequently asked questions regarding your deregistration at the IND that are important to read through.
I received an e-mail that AUAS have informed the IND that I no longer meet the requirements for a residence permit for study purposes. What does that mean?
You will receive an email from AUAS Immigration Affairs as soon as we have notified the IND. We will only notify you if you no longer meet the conditions of the residence permit for study purposes.
The IND will receive this notification and will assess it. If it is of the opinion that the residence permit will be revoked, it will send a letter to your last known address in the Netherlands.
My residence permit is revoked. Now what?
If your residence permit for study purposes has been revoked, you no longer have a valid residence permit in the Netherlands. If you still want to stay in the Netherlands, we advise you to contact the IND to investigate the possibilities.
Is it possible to apply for a residence permit for study purposes again?
That depends on why you were deregistered with the IND. If you were deregistered because of unsufficient study progress, it will not be possible to apply for a new residence permit for study purposes at AUAS. You can, however, continue your studies at an educational institution other than AUAS. This other institution will then apply for a new residence permit for you if you meet the requirements.
Were you deregistered for another reason, such as terminating your enrolment in the degree programme, failure to submit a yearly statement or being in arrears with your payments?
In that case, we can apply for a new residence permit for study purposes as soon as you meet all the conditions for enrolment and the residence permit for study purposes again. This will require you to be enrolled again and to have no payment arrears (or to have solved these). You will also need to go through the procedure to apply for a new residence permit again.
If you are able to re-enrol, please contact the CSA and AUAS Immigration Affairs. We cannot reverse the deregistration and will have to start a new immigration file.
How do I apply for a new residence permit?
To get a new residence permit, you will need to apply to the Central Student Administration. Please also contact AUAS Immigration Affairs, so we are aware of your request. The CSA will forward your application to us, and we will inform you about the procedure. You must then resubmit all the documents required for the residence permit for study purposes. If you are unable to meet the requirements for a residence permit, we cannot apply for a residence permit for study purposes for you!
I don't have a valid residence permit for study purposes anymore. What does that mean?
If you do not have a valid residence permit for study purposes, you no longer have legal residence in the Netherlands. After all, you no longer meet the conditions of the residence permit.
I have been unjustly deregistered. What can I do?
We will deregister students when the Central Student Administration informs us that they are not enrolled or that they no longer meet one of the conditions for keeping their residence permit (yearly statement or IND study progress requirement). Please check your enrolment carefully. If there are any problems/irregularities, you should contact the Central Student Administration and AUAS Immigration Affairs immediately. After your enrolment has been terminated, AUAS Immigration Affairs will inform the IND within four weeks.