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Visa and residence permit

Do you need a visa or residence permit for your stay in the Netherlands? What will it cost and how can you apply? Find out how and when you can request a student visa or residence permit via Leiden University.

How to apply for a visa or residence permit

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Do I need a visa and/or residence permit?

In the table below you can find out whether you need a visa and/or residence permit for your studies at Leiden University.


Staying less than 90 days

Staying more than 90 days

EU, EEA, Switzerland

No visa or residence permit

No visa or residence permit

Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, USA, UK or Vatican City

No visa or residence permit

Residence permit needed

All other nationalities

Short stay visa may be needed*

Visa and residence permit needed

*Short stay visas are only required by nationals of certain countries. Check on the immigration department website (IND) whether this applies to you. If you need a short-stay visa, you must request this yourself from your local Dutch consulate.

How do I request a visa and/or residence permit

Once you have been admitted to a full-time study programme, you can ask Leiden University to request a student visa and/or residence permit for you as follows:   

  1. Read the relevant instructions carefully. These explain the required documents, financial matters and how to collect your visa or permit:
  2. Start preparing the necessary documents and finances well in advance. 
  3. Shortly after admission, you will receive an email instructing you to submit your visa/residence permit application via the online application system (uSis).

If you already have a Dutch residence permit, other procedures apply. See the Residence permit instructions-New Student With Current Dutch Residence Permit.

What is the deadline and how long does it take?

The deadline for submitting your visa and/or residence permit application to Leiden University is: 

  • 1 June: programmes starting in September
  • 1 December: programmes starting in February 

Upon receipt, the university will check all documents are in order then forward your application to the Dutch immigration department (IND). You will then have to wait approximately 2 to 4 weeks for the IND to approve your request. 

What are the financial requirements?

When applying for a student visa/residence permit you will be asked to:

  • Demonstrate that you have sufficient funds for both living expenses and tuition fee for your first year of stay. The required amount is €975 (2023) per month of stay, plus your tuition fees.
  • Pay the visa/residence permit application fee of €210 (2023).   

* Fees & living expenses requirements set by the Dutch immigration department (IND) and subject to annual change.

Further information

Before arrival

If you have any questions during the visa/residence permit application process, please contact the visa team using the visa contact form.

After arrival

On the student website you can find extensive information for student residence permit holders. For example, working with your student permit, what to do if you lose your permit, your continuing obligations and extending your stay. If you can’t find the answer to your question, contact the visa team online or in person. See contact details on the student website.

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