Tilburg University education

Immigration procedure for Non-EU students on arrival

Upon arrival a few last things need to be done to finalize your residence in the Netherlands.

Collect your resident permit card

During Tilburg Orientation Week (TOP week) in August and January the Dutch Immigration Service (IND) will come to the campus to hand out the residence permit cards.

In some cases you have to go to the IND office in 's Hertogenbosch yourself to pick up your residence permit card.

Tuberculosis screening

Some non-EU/EEA students are required to undergo a Tuberculosis screening* as part of their residence permit formalities. This takes place by means of a chest x-ray carried out by the Dutch Public Health services (GGD) during TOP week. The Immigration team will arrange an appointment for you with the GGD and will inform you on the date and location of the screening.

* Please see the Appendix ‘Exemption from the obligation to undergo a tuberculosis (TB) test' whether this is applicable to you.

Registering at City Hall (BRP-inschrijving)

All international students need to register as a new resident of the town where you are living if:

  • you are staying in the Netherlands for more than 4 months. Note that Tilburg University has a special agreement with the city of Tilburg. If you are an exchange student staying for one semester and living in Tilburg, you do not need to register as a new resident even though your stay exceeds the 4 months.
  • you want to work.
  • you want to open a Dutch bank account.

The Immigration team will inform you of the registration date and place upon your arrival.

Book an appointment at the municipality of Tilburg

Take the following documents with you to your appointment:

  • passport
  • housing contract
  • Dutch residence permit or IND approval letter

Within two weeks after your registration you will receive a letter from City Hall at your address in Tilburg including your BSN (=Social security number). 

Note that if you relocate within the Netherlands, you must report to your (new) municipality. 

Please do not forget to de-register from the City Hall before you leave the Netherlands.