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.

You might have to go to the IND office in 's Hertogenbosch yourself to pick up your residence permit card:

  • if you cannot attend the hand-out session on campus in August and January
  • if your card is not ready for collection during TOP week in August and January
  • if you are a student requesting a residence permit through the Working Holiday Scheme or the Working Holiday Program. Before picking up your card, you will first have to hand in your application form for your residence permit at the IND office.

Tuberculosis screening

You will have to undergo Tuberculosis screening*. This takes place by means of a chest x-ray carried out by the Dutch Public Health services (GGD) during TOP week. The costs are € 45 which you are required to pay directly to the GGD.
The Immigration Office will inform you on the date and location of the screening upon your arrival.

*The tuberculosis screening is not required for some nationals. Please click for al list of exempted countries: Exemption from the obligation to undergo a tuberculosis test

Registering as a resident (BRP-inschrijving)

Different countries have different ways of recording their population, e.g. some carry out a census every 10 years. The Netherlands has a system based on a live database (BRP) which records the most important information about the population.

You will 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 are a student requesting a residence permit through the Working Holiday Scheme or the Working Holiday Program
  • you want to work
  • you want to open a Dutch bank account

If you belong to one of the categories listed above, registration as a new resident is mandatory irrespective of your nationality or the purpose of your stay.

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

Note that if you relocate within the Netherlands, you must report to your (new) municipality. For those living in Tilburg will receive an e-mail from the Immigration Office at appropriate time.