Immigration procedure: Changing the purpose of your residence permit

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You are in possession of a Dutch residence permit, but want or need to change it to a residence permit for the purpose of 'study'. Please follow the steps below for this procedure:

1. Upload the following documents via Hanze Apply

  • Your signed personal details form.
  • A copy of your passport: pages with your personal details and signature, and any pages that contain travel stamps (combine the pages into 1 PDF file).
  • Antecedents certificate.
  • A copy of the front- and backside of your current Dutch residence permit (combine the pages into 1 PDF file).
  • A copy of your current health insurance certificate. If you currently have a job, you should have a Dutch public health insurance; you can upload a copy of that policy. If you do not have a job, you will need a student insurance; please apply for an AON student insurance here: Request a new insurance | Aon Student Insurance. Upload a copy of the policy once you receive it from AON.
  • A bank statement from your Dutch bank account mentioning your name, the name and address of the bank as well as the amount of the financial guarantee (document can’t be older than 3 months before the start of your study programme).

Don’t forget to click on the submit button!

2. Start application

We will start your immigration procedure when:

  • All your uploaded documents for immigration are correct
  • When you have received a letter of acceptance from the student administration

You will receive a confirmation e-mail after we have sent your application to the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service).

3. Decision IND

It can take some time before we receive a decision from the IND. As soon as the IND has agreed to change the purpose of your residence purpose to ‘study’, we will let you know by e-mail.

4. Biometric data

The IND will check if they can use your old biometric data to make your new residence permit document for ‘study’. We will let you know if you need to have your biometric data taken again, when your card is ready and when to pick it up.

Required documents