Long stay entry visa (MVV) and residence permit (VVR) procedure

VU Amsterdam needs to apply for a long stay entry visa (MVV) and residence permit (VVR) when you are a non-EU citizen from a country that is not exempted from an entry visa. In case you hold a valid residence permit for study purposes of another EU Schengen country, you are exempted from an entry visa and possibly from a Dutch residence permit as well. Please upload a copy of your residence permit in VUweb.

Step 1: Confirm your participation in VUweb
The visa section in VUweb will open once you confirmed your participation in the study programme. You have to confirm your participation in the COMPLETE APPLICATION section. Please have a look at our manual in case you need assistance, or take a look at our step-by-step visa application video.

Step 2: Upload the required documents in VUweb
Now that you confirmed your participation, the visa section will become available in the COMPLETE APPLICATION section. Here you can upload all required documents. The following documents are needed to complete your immigration procedure:

  • Copy of passport (valid > 6 months): ID page, signature, stamped pages.
  • Antecedents certificate: signed by hand (not digitally), mentioning place and date of signing (under 2.4). V-number can be skipped.
  • TB Statement. Exchange students from Indonesia, Peru, South Africa and Thailand need to sign part A. All other exchange students need to sign part B.
  • Proof of financial means. In this manual you will find detailed information and the requirements concerning the proof of financial means. In case of a sponsor, the sponsor(s) need(s) to sign the Financial Statement form, which you can find here.
    Important: it is obligatory for students from China to transfer the proof of financial means to VU Amsterdam (option 6).
  • Chinese students also need to apply for a Nuffic Certificate.
  • Indicate in VUnet at which Embassy or Consulate you would like to collect your entry visa. Before you submit your choice, please check whether the representation issues long stay entry visas (MVV) on this website. N.B. when you choose a representation that does not issue long stay entry visas, we will choose another Embassy/Consulate for you.

The documents do need to meet some strict requirements so please make sure that they do before you upload them in VUweb. You can use this checklist to double check that your documents are correct. We strongly recommend that you do so.

Please note that we only accept PDF files. We will reject the documents if they are uploaded in any other type of format. Finally, we can only accept documents in English. Documents in any other language will have to be translated into English by an official and certified translator.

Step 3: Pay the visa fee
Student need to pay for their residence permit by using the online payment tool in VUweb. We need to have received the fee before we can submit the application. The costs are specified as follows:

  • Long stay entry visa (MVV) and residence permit (VVR) cost €275.

These fees are subject to change.

We strongly recommend that you use the online payment tool in VUweb to transfer the visa fee. Please note that it may take a few days before the tool is activated in your VUnet account after you have started the residence permit procedure. In case you wish to transfer the fee through bank transfer, the bank details are as follows:

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

Please state your name and S+ studentnumber (e.g. s1234567) otherwise we cannot trace the payment. When paid from abroad, all banking costs are to be paid by the application. You can pay your visa and housing fee in one transaction.


The deadline for completing the residence permit procedure is 1 June (first semester) and 1 December (second semester). When you submit the documents and pay the visa fee after the deadline, we can no longer guarantee that your residence permit will be ready in time for the start of the academic year. The application procedure takes approximately 4 to 8 weeks.

N.B. While we have to submit the application to the IND, it is at all times your own responsibility to complete the procedure before the deadline and to provide documents that are correct. Please also note that VU Amsterdam cannot guarantee that a residence permit is granted by a certain date, or at all. The timeline as sketched under the section OVERVIEW OF APPLICATION PROCEDURE depends on how quickly you correctly submit your documents, and the time it takes for the IND to process your application. As a result, VU Amsterdam can never guarantee that your residence permit will be approved by a certain date. The procedure cannot be expedited as all applications are already submitted using the priority procedure for students.


Depending on your nationality, you may need to complete a tuberculosis (TB) test in order to receive your residence permit. Please read the TB form carefully to see if you need to be tested upon arrival in the Netherlands. It is important to have yourself tested as soon as possible upon arrival (within 3 months of arrival). Please note that it is not necessary to have yourself tested in your home country. VU Amsterdam will make appointments prior to the Arrival Days for the TB test. In case you cannot make it to any of the proposed days, you can make an appointment yourself at the municipal doctor's office (GGD). Please check the website of GGD Amsterdam for more information. The TB test costs €45.

The address of the GGD Amsterdam office is:

Public Health Service Amsterdam

Nieuwe Achtergracht 100

You can easily get there by public transport as it is very near to Weesperplein, a large public transport station. From Central Station: Metro (all lines), alight at Station Weesperplein. From De Boelelaan or Amsterdam Zuid: Metro 51, alight at Station Weesperplein.


1 April (first semester)/1 October (second semester)
From this date on you can start the entry visa and/or residence permit application procedure in VUweb.
2 weeks
We aim to check your documents within 2 weeks. When they are all correct and when we have received the visa fee, we will submit the application to the Dutch Immigration Service (IND). In case some documents are insufficient, we will let you know by e-mail. So keep an eye out for any notifications!
2 to 4 weeks
It takes approximately 2 to 4 weeks before we receive the approval from the IND - in the busy summer period it is more likely that it takes up to 4 weeks. We will inform you when the IND has approved your entry visa and/or residence permit application and we will provide you with detailed information about the next steps you need to take.
1 to 3 weeks
You make an appointment with the Dutch representation to collect your entry visa. How soon you can get an appointment depends on how busy the Dutch representation is. Keep in mind that it may take longer during the summer months. After the appointment, it may take up to 3 weeks before you will receive the visa.
August (first semester)/January (second semester)
You travel to the Netherlands. If necessary, you need to book an appointment with the IND to provide your biometrics (fingerprints and photo needed to issue the residence permit). If applicable, we will also inform you about the TB test procedure. The TB test costs €45. You can find more information about the TB test in the sections about the procedures.
September (first semester)/February (second semester) 
Collect your residence permit at the IND.


As an educational institution, we need to apply for residence permits for study purposes on behalf of all our non-EU students. We act as your legal sponsor as soon as the IND has approved the residence permit application. As such, we are liable and bound by the strict and specific requirements set by the Dutch Immigration Service (IND). Not meeting these requirements means we will not submit your application. When we have submitted your application and it is rejected by the IND, or you decide to no longer study at VU Amsterdam, your visa fee will not be refunded. So please make sure that your application is both valid and complete!


Prior to the Arrival Days we will make an appointment for you with the IND to collect your residence permit card. In case your residence permit is not yet ready at that point, the International Office will notify you when your residence permit is ready to be collected. You need to collect your residence permit before your entry visa expires. 


When you are no longer a student at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, we are obliged to deregister you with the IND. As a result, your residence permit will be revoked. We will deregister you with the IND in the following cases:

  • your exchange programme at VU Amsterdam has officially ended
  • you quit the exchange programme

When we have deregistered you with the IND, you will need to leave the Netherlands. When your residence permit is valid for three months or less at the moment of deregistration, the residence permit will not be revoked which means you can stay until the expiry date of your residence permit. In case your residence permit is still valid for longer than three months at the moment of deregistration, your residence permit will be revoked with immediate effect. As a result, you will need to leave the Netherlands as soon as possible.


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