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.
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 Institutions, Change of Purpose or an Extension of your Residence Permit. In April, you can email the EUR International Office (ONLY in April) about your case and they will advise you on the best course of action.
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 immigration application in OSIRIS. 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.
Starting in April, RSM and EUR work together to process your application. There are 7 steps.
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.