Visa and residence permit

If you are a citizen of a country outside the European Union and you want to reside in the Netherlands for a period exceeding three months, you must obtain a visa and/or residence permit prior to your departure to the Netherlands.

The visa is an authorisation to enter the Netherlands. It is an official sticker placed in your passport by the Dutch Embassy or Consulate in your country. The residence permit is the physical proof of your resident status in the Netherlands. You will receive it approximately three weeks after you have entered the Netherlands. Important: you cannot personally apply for a visa and/or residence permit. Only the Avans International Office is authorised to apply for these documents.

More information concerning your visa and/or residence permit can be found on the Study in Holland website.

If you are planning to stay in the Netherlands for less than three months, you still need to complete a number of formalities.

Applying for a visa and/or residence permit

The Avans International Office must  apply for your visa and/or residence permit on your behalf. In order to start this procedure you must have already been formally admitted to one of our study programmes and:

  • Submit evidence that you have access to sufficient financial funds.
  • Submit a Tuberculosis Declaration and Criminal Record Declaration. You will receive the applicable forms from the Avans International Office.
  • Chinese students must also apply for a NESO certificate at Nuffic in the Netherlands. Nuffic will subsequently send this certificate to Avans on your behalf.



After receiving the originals of the abovementioned documents and once you have transferred the fees for the application, we will start the application procedure on your behalf. Within 3 or 4 weeks after the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) has received the application from us, you will automatically receive a message from the Dutch embassy/consulate in your country to collect this visa.


The national fees for the visa/residence permit application are €192. Avans requires you to transfer these fees to the Avans bank account before we submit the application to the Dutch immigration authorities.
Avans bank account:

Rabobank Breda
PO Box 3376
4800 DJ Breda, The Netherlands
Account holder ‘Stichting Avans’
IBAN code: NL31 RABO 0188 9177 64

Please note: when transferring money to the Avans bank account you must always state your full name and date of birth.

Keep in mind that the net amount received by Avans must be €192. Always ask your bank if they charge transfer fees. Applications will not be send to the IND before receiving the complete amount of fees.


Make sure you send the required documents and transfer the money before the deadline, otherwise we cannot guarantee you will receive your visa in time and before your study programme is due to start.

Legal position and requirements to maintain your right to stay at Avans

Holding a residence permit for studying in the Netherlands gives you both rights and obligations. If you do not comply with the obligations, your entry visa may not be delivered to you or your residence permit may be withdrawn. This means you lose your right to stay in the Netherlands.

Your residence permit will be valid for the intended study period in the Netherlands plus 3 months. However, each year in October you must provide renewed evidence of sufficient available financial funds for that academic year and your stay in the Netherlands.

You must also pay your annual tuition fees, actively participate in your study programme and demonstrate sufficient study progress. Sufficient study progress is defined by the Dutch immigration authorities as: at least 50% of the study credits (=30 ECTS) for each year. However, Avans also requires you to successfully pass 52 out of the 60 ECTS for your first year of study at Avans in order to be allowed to stay on the course and to progress to the 2nd year of study.

Please note that if you fail to meet these requirements, Avans is obliged to inform the Dutch immigration authorities, who may subsequently withdraw your residence permit.

Keep in mind that the net amount received by Avans must be € 192. Always ask your bank if they charge transfer fees. Applications will not be send to the IND before receiving the complete amount of fees.

More information

Read more concerning your legal position. Or contact the Avans International Office at or on +31 88 525 80 01.