Immigration information for current Non-EU students
This section provides you with all the necessary information on immigration matters during your period of study at Tilburg University. It also guides you through the steps you might need to take before leaving the Netherlands and returning to your home country.
Study progress monitoring
The study progress monitoring regulation orders degree seeking students with a residence permit based on study purposes to obtain at least 50% of the nominal number of ECTS per academic year or a part of it if the student started his studies later than 1 September.
Example: Based on a study load of 60 ECTS per academic year, a student starting his studies 1 September must obtain at least 30 ECTS before 31 August the following year. A student starting his studies 1 February must obtain at least 15 ECTS before 31 August the following year.
ECTS credits requirement for Pre-Master programs
In case you have been accepted for a Pre-Master program, you need to complete the Pre-Master program within one academic year. This means you need to obtain all ECTS allocated to your Pre-Master program. In case you do not complete your Pre-Master program within the aforementioned time frame, we are in principle required to deregister you with the IND. In this event, the Immigration Office will inform you accordingly.
Please note: The rules described below do not apply to a Pre-Master program. In any case, the Pre-Master must be completed within 12 months, and no account can be taken of special circumstances. There are therefore no excusable reasons for not being able to complete the Pre-Master.
If it is not possible to complete the Pre-Master, you will be deregistered from the IND.
Study progress is monitored every academic year. The credits obtained between September 1 and Augustus 31 of the following year will be taken into account for that specific academic year. After each academic year, Tilburg University determines your annual study progress and reports on this to the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND).
Before the start of your study program, the Immigration Office of Tilburg University asks you to sign an authorization form. By signing the form, you give permission to the Immigration Office to share information regarding your study progress with the Academic Advisor at your School, the Dean of Students and the IND while you are registered as a student at Tilburg University.
Consequences of insufficient study progress
If you do not have sufficient study progress at the end of one academic year and you do not have a valid reason approved by the Dean of Student, the Immigration Office of Tilburg University needs to report this to the IND. The IND will then revoke your residence permit for study purposes.
Consequently, you would have to withdraw from your study program at Tilburg University and you would essentially need to leave the Netherlands. In case you wish to stay in the Netherlands, please contact the IND for alternative options (e.g. change the purpose of stay, study at another institution).
Excusable reasons for insufficient study progress
If you encounter problems that keep you from meeting the 50% requirement, it is important that you inform your Academic Advisor or Program Coordinator to discuss your study planning and study method.
Important: you need to report special circumstances to the Dean of Students as soon as the problems occur. Only then will your situation be taken into account.
Only students with a valid reason will not be reported to the IND. The following reasons can possibly prevent your residence permit from being revoked:
- serious illness;
- exceptional family circumstances;
- physical, sensorial or other functional disturbance;
- membership or position on a university board;
- insufficiently feasible study program.
Important: each reason can be used only once!
Extension of the Residence Permit
If your study program continues beyond the expiry date of your residence permit, you will need to apply for an extension.
Our Immigration Consultants are happy to assist you in the process of extending your residence permit and the Immigration Office will apply for your extension on your behalf. However, it is your own personal responsibility to make sure your residence permit is extended in time.
All the services of the Immigration Consultants are free. However, it costs € 174 (2020 amount) to extend a residence permit. To simplify the procedure for you, you can pay this fee directly to the Immigration Office and they will transfer it on your behalf to the Dutch Immigration Service.
Please note that if you want to change institution, or if you no longer wish to be a student but still want to stay in the Netherlands, the immigration office cannot extend your residence permit on your behalf.
Residence permit card lost or stolen
Travel with a Dutch residence permit card
The residence permit allows you to live in the Netherlands and to travel to all the Schengen countries and back to the Netherlands as often as you want, while it is still valid.
Please note that some countries require that your Dutch residence permit continues to be valid for a specific period of time (either three or six months) after your travel to their country. This may have a significant effect on your travel plans, particularly during the summer months. Please therefore remember this when you are planning to travel outside the Netherlands and find out any such requirements before you reserve travel tickets.
Travel without residence permit card: return visa
A return visa is needed:
- If you do not yet have a Dutch residence permit card, but you have already applied for it AND your provisional residence permit (MVV, Dutch entry visa) is no longer valid on the date of your return*
- If you have applied for an extension of your residence permit, but you have not yet received your new card.
- If your residence permit is lost or stolen. In this case you must be able to show a police report.
*If you have applied for your very first residence permit, a return visa will only be granted if you need to travel for urgent reasons. Examples include serious illness or death of close family members. Study trips (excursions, seminars, short internships, etc.) also qualify as urgent reasons.
Click here for more information on the application procedure for a return visa.
Working while studying
Foreign students are allowed to engage in paid employment alongside their studies. Depending on your nationality you can only do this for a limited number of hours per week and only if the employer has applied for a work permit for you.
You can find more information on working while studying here.
My study period at Tilburg University has ended. What do I need to do and what should I know?
Deregistering as a resident (BRP-inschrijving)
If you registered as a resident at the local municipality upon your arrival, you must deregister before you leave the Netherlands.
If you live in Tilburg, you can download the form 'Notification of move abroad' on the website of Tilburg City Hall.
Deregistering with the Dutch Immigration Service (IND)
When your period of study at Tilburg University has ended, the International Office must deregister you with the Dutch Immigration Service within 1 month. Be aware that once you are deregistered, you must leave the Netherlands as soon as possible, even though the expiry date on your residence permit card might show that it is still valid.
Orientation year for highly educated persons (after graduation)
If you have graduated from higher educational institution, you are allowed to spend a period of one year in the Netherlands to look for and carry out work in the Netherlands as a highly educated person.
The purpose of the so-called ‘Orientation Year’ for highly educated persons is to retain and attract foreign talent for the Dutch labor market. During this ‘Orientation Year’, you can move freely on the Dutch labor market. This means that your employer does not need to obtain a separate work permit for you.