COVID-19 Matters - Residence Permit: How will it affect my student residence permit if I decide to stay outside of the Netherlands?
(Last edited: Wednesday, 31 March 2021, 2:42 PM)
When you are holding a residence permit for study purpose, you may stay outside the Netherlands for a maximum
of 6 months in a row or 3 years in a row each year for a maximum of 4 months in a
As of 19-03-2021, the flexibility introduced by IND after COVID-19 that made it possible for the students to stay outside the Netherlands for a maximum of 12 months, comes to an end. Accordingly, the student who stays outside the Netherlands for more than 6 months is considered that he/she moved his/her main residence unless it is demonstrated in that individual case that student could not return to the Netherlands earlier due to unforeseeable circumstances, i.e. “force majeure”.
A student who relocates his/her main residence loses the right to the residence permit.
When should I come back?
Departure: between March 2020 and September 1, 2020
Back in the Netherlands: maximum 12 months after departure
Departure: between 1 September 2020 and 1 March 2021
Back in the Netherlands: no later than 1 September 2021
Departure: after March 1, 2021
Back in the Netherlands: no later than 6 months after departure
Please note: It is not possible to return to the Netherlands after your main residency is withdrawn by the IND. This means that you cannot enter the Netherlands anymore. Consequently, a new visa application (TEV or VVR without MVV) must be submitted, which costs extra time and money for you.