Important immigration information for NON EU/EEA full-time students

You may need an Entry Visa and/or Residence Permit to be able to start your studies at RSM. Whether you need one or not will depend on your nationality. Visas and permits are issued by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)*. See below what you will need according to your nationality.

Unless you already have a Residence Permit for the Netherlands (see below for this exception) RSM and Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) will apply for the Entry Visa and/or Residence Permit for you. Please DO NOT START the Entry Visa or Residence Permit process on your own. There is more information about this process below.

*RSM and EUR do not determine these requirements. The Dutch government’s immigration service sets the rules and procedures.

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Which immigration process applies for my passport?

If you have accepted your conditional or unconditional offer for a full-time programme and hold a passport from an EU or EEA country, you do not need to apply for an Entry Visa or Residence Permit.

If you have accepted a conditional or unconditional offer for a full-time programme and have a passport from one of these countries, you do not need an Entry Visa, but you do need a Residence Permit.

It will be noted in your application that you need only a Residence Permit. Your process will be almost the same as it is for a student who also has to apply for an Entry Visa as well. See below for more information about the process for applying for a Residence Permit.

Validity of your Residence Permit
A Residence Permit is valid for the duration of your study plus three extra months. This means that you do not have to apply for an extension after one year.

If you have accepted a conditional or unconditional offer for a full-time programme and your passport is from a country in Group III and IV (including Surinamese nationality), you must get an Entry Visa AND a Residence Permit. See below for more information about the process of applying for an Entry Visa and Residence Permit. 

Validity of your Entry Visa
An Entry Visa is valid for 90 days from the day you collect it.

Chinese students must also get a Nuffic Certificate 
All Chinese students (except students from Hong Kong, Taiwan and students with British Overseas Nationality) must register with Nuffic for a Certificate to authenticate your qualifications before you can start your immigration application. The Nuffic Certificate is proof of your English language proficiency and of the authenticity of your educational degrees and diplomas. For more information, see the Study in Holland website.

 

Already have residence permit for the Netherlands?

Students from Non-EU or non-EEA countries who already have a Residence Permit for the Netherlands (e.g. for study purposes, stay with partner or family, employment), need to apply for Switching InstitutionsChange of Purpose or an Extension of your Residence Permit. You can request this after 1 September or 3 months prior to the expiration of your permit once you are fully registered on your programme. Email the EUR International Office: immigration@eur.nl.

 

Already have a Residence Permit for another EU or EEA country?

Students from Non-EU or non-EEA countries with either a permanent or temporary valid Residence Permit (e.g., for study purposes) for another EU or EEA country do not need an Entry Visa. However, you do need a new Residence Permit

A copy of your EU or EEA Residence Permit must be uploaded in your application. See below for more information about the Residence Permit process.

Your EU or EEA Residence Permit must be valid at the time of your application and must still be valid when you collect your new Residence Permit for the Netherlands.

Process for entry visas and residence permits

RSM and EUR work together to process your application. There are 7 steps.

  • RSM is responsible for steps 1-3. Email your questions about steps 1-3 to visa@rsm.nl
  • EUR’s International Office is responsible for steps 4-7. Email your questions about steps 4-7 to immigration@eur.nl.

IMPORTANT: digitally signed forms are NOT accepted. Please print forms, sign them using ink, and mail them to us. Signatures on forms must match the signature in your passport.

Step 1. Offer of admission

Once you have a conditional or unconditional offer from RSM, the process of obtaining your Entry Visa or your Residence Permit will start from the first week of April 2023 onwards.

Step 2. Notification from OLAF

If you need an Entry Visa or a Residence Permit after you have received your offer of admission, you will receive a message from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). This message will tell you what to expect from the application process. You will also receive a handbook about immigration.

Step 3. Registered in OSIRIS

Starting in April 2023, RSM will register you in the online OSIRIS platform, which is where you will find all your study details – your timetable, your marks and important messages.

OSIRIS Zaak is in Dutch and OSIRIS Cases is in English. Your case is then handed over to the EUR International Office.

Step 4: Gather and submit your documents

Five days after you are registered in OSIRIS, the EUR International Office will send you information about the immigration documents you must provide according to the kind of Entry Visa or Residence Permit that you need. They will also send the invoice for fees you must pay. There’s more information about fees in the last tab.

If you have not received this information after five days, please contact the EUR International Office at immigration@eur.nl.

Prepare your immigration documents

The following documents* are required:

A photocopy or scan of every page in your passport. Make sure to include the page with your signature.

A completed Antecedent form from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND):  This is a check for criminal background.

*The antecedent form cannot be older than three months.

Based on your nationality, the declaration of intent to undergo a Tuberculosis (TB) test

Just like the antecedent form, the TB test form cannot be more than three months old.

A receipt showing you have transferred fees as proof of payment OR a scholarship letter.

The annual tuition fee in full. It is not possible to pay this in instalments. The annual tuition fee for BSc IBA is approximately €11,100. For an MSc programme, the fee is approximately €21,500.

The one-off immigration fee of €207.

In addition to paying for your tuition fees and a one-off fee for immigration services, you must also prove to the IND immigration service that you have enough money to cover your living expenses for your first year of studies in Rotterdam. You only have to provide this once and only for one year.

Steps for providing financial proof:

  1. You must temporarily transfer enough money to a bank account (specified by the EUR International Office) to show that you have sufficient financial means to cover your estimated costs of living for 12 months (this deposit is refundable).

  2.  In 2022, the estimated costs are €950 per month, so you must deposit €11,400 in total. 

  3. You will get this money back after you arrive in the Netherlands and open a Dutch bank account in your own name.


 

Only Chinese students are required to submit a Nuffic certificate.

Step 5: Be patient and wait

We review your documents within 10 working days after submission and will forward your application to the IND if all your documents are correct. Please be patient.

Step 6: Sent to IND

Complete applications are sent by the EUR to the Dutch Immigrations Services (IND) for review. This process usually takes between 5-8 weeks.

Step 7: Approval

IND will send their approval for your application to the EUR International Office. You will see this letter in your OSIRIS. You will also get an email with new instructions. Please read the email carefully because it tells you how to send your passport to your chosen Embassy so the Provisional Entrance Permit (MVV) sticker can be added to it. They will keep the passport to arrange for your MVV sticker. 

It is extremely rare for applications for student Entry Visas and/or Residence Permits to be denied.

When your passport has its MVV sticker, your chosen Embassy will contact you to make an appointment to collect your passport.

Make sure to travel to Rotterdam while your MVV is still valid (within 90 days) and remember that your MVV must still be valid when you collect your Residence Permit in the Netherlands.

Managing your finances

Here is a summary of fees that you need to prepare:

  1. The annual tuition fee in full. It is not possible to pay this in instalments. The annual tuition fee for BSc IBA is approximately €11,100. For an MSc programme, the fee is approximately €21,500.
  2. One-off immigration fee of €207.
  3. *Cost of living for 12 months €11,400. (This will be returned to your Dutch bank account when you are fully registered)

*Cost of living: In addition to paying for your tuition fees and a one-off fee for immigration services, you must also prove to the IND immigration service that you have enough money to cover your living expenses for your first year of studies in Rotterdam. You only have to do this once and only for one year.

I. You must temporarily transfer enough money to a bank account (specified by the EUR International Office) to show that you have sufficient financial means to cover your estimated costs of living for 12 months (this deposit is refundable).

II. In 2022, the estimated costs are €950 per month, so you must deposit €11,400 in total. 

III. you will get this money back after you arrive in the Netherlands and open a Dutch bank account in your own name.

Deadline for uploading immigration application documents and proof of payment in OSIRIS is 15 JUNE

If you cannot meet this deadline, please email us