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 the procedure:

1. Upload the following documents via Hanze Apply

  • A filled out and signed personal details form.
  • A copy of your (valid) passport (include the pages with your personal details and signature, and if applicable: any pages that contain travel stamps. Combine into one PDF file).
  • A copy of the front- and backside of your current Dutch residence permit (combine into one PDF file).
  • A filled out and signed Antecedents certificate (leave the V-number blank).
  • A copy of your current health insurance policy. If you currently have a job, you should have 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 AON student insurance here: Request 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 €15,000 (bank statement 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 email after we have sent your application to the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service).

3. Decision IND

The IND will let us know their decision within 8 weeks. As soon as the IND has approved our application to change the purpose of your residence permit to ‘study’, we will let you know by email.

4. Biometric data

The IND needs your biometric data (your photo, signature and fingerprints) to create your residence permit card. We will let you know by email how you can schedule an appointment to have your biometrics taken.

It will take approximately three weeks before your card is ready. We will let you know by email when and where to pick it up.

FAQ Changing the purpose of your residence permit