What are my rights and obligations as a study migrant?
• You can stay in the Netherlands for the duration of your study plus three months
(maximum five years including preparatory year/transition year, excluding
• You may work a maximum of 16 hours per week next to your study. Instead of
these 16 hours you can do seasonal work in June, July and August. Your employer
can apply for a TWV (employment permit) for you at UWV (Employee Insurance
• You don’t need a TWV for an internship that is relevant to your study program, but
you must have signed an internship agreement with the internship company and
• You must have sufficient study progress. Read more about this below.
• You have an obligation to provide information: you need to inform the UT and
the IND about changes in your personal data.
• You must provide important information about your stay and about your residence
permit to the IND and UT.
• You must provide correct and complete information to the IND and UT.
• You must be registered with an educational institution that is recognized as a
sponsor (if you are no longer enrolled, the UT must report this to the IND).
• You must pay tuition fees in time.
• You must have sufficient means of existence.
• You must have a valid passport.
• You must be insured against medical expenses in the Netherlands.
• You must be examined by the GGD (Municipal Health Services).
• In some cases, family or family members can also get a residence permit.
• If it is part of the study, you can go abroad (out of the Netherlands) for a maximum
of 12 months without your main residence being changed. The residence permit
won’t be withdrawn, when you obtain sufficient credits in that academic year to
meet the standard.