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Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 6:30 PM)
MVV Collection: I am unable to make an appointment with the Dutch embassy for the collection of my MVV due to COVID. What can I do?
The current IND regulations state that you must pick up your MVV within 3 months after receiving the IND decision/approval letter. This letter has been forwarded to your private email address by Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences.
If you are unable to pick up your MVV within the required 3 months, please contact the Dutch embassy in your home country to request for another 3-month extension on top of these 3 months already provided to you (https://ind.nl/en/pages/coronavirus.aspx). Please know that you can request a 3-month extension only if it is impossible for you to make an appointment with the Dutch embassy for the collection of your MVV within 3 months. Since some of the Dutch embassies are on temporary lockdown, they are less accessible by email or phone, so do not wait until the last moment to contact them.
Don't forget to keep us informed at all times by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on +31 886672688 if there is a change in your plans for coming to the Netherlands.More information can be found here: https://ind.nl/en/pages/coronavirus.aspx
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 9:34 AM)
MVV Sticker: I have already collected my MVV / visa sticker, but I am unable to travel to the Netherlands within the 3 months stated on the MVV sticker in my passport. What can I do?
Please contact the Dutch embassy to request another MVV sticker in your passport if you are unable to travel to the Netherlands within the 3 months as stated on the MVV sticker in your passport. As some of the Dutch embassies are on temporary lockdown they are less accessible by email or phone, don't wait until the last moment to contact them.
Do not forget to keep us informed at all times by calling emailing us at email@example.com or calling us at +31 886672688 if there is a change in your plans for coming to the Netherlands.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 1:24 PM)
MVV: I am a US citizen. Do I need to obtain an MVV visa in advance or am I exempted from it?
You are exempted from the requirement of an MVV visa along with the citizens of the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Monaco, Vatican City, or South Korea. This means that you can enter the Netherlands with just your passport.
However, you are still required to have a study residence permit to study in the Netherlands. Once you arrive in the Netherlands, you will be informed on when you can collect your study residence permit from the IND desk.
Please note that as a general rule, your passport should have at least six months of validity when travelling internationally.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 12:13 PM)
MVV: What is MVV (Regular Provisional Residence Permit)
If you want to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days, you may need a residence permit (Dutch ID card for non Dutch residence). But before you can travel to the Netherlands, you will have to apply for a long-stay visa. This visa is called an authorisation for temporary stay (or the MVV).
The MVV is a special entrance visa. Your nationality defines whether you have to apply for an MVV or not. For some nationalities and in some situations, an exemption applies and you do not need an MVV.
If you want to apply for an MVV, you need a purpose of stay in the Netherlands. This could be stay with a family member, study or work. Each purpose of stay has specific requirements you have to meet. There are also a number of general conditions that apply to everyone, regardless of the purpose of the stay.
Usually it is the sponsor in the Netherlands who applies for the MVV. The sponsor is the person you are going to stay with in the Netherlands (example spouse) or the organisation that arranges your stay (e.g. a university or employer). The sponsor applies for the MVV at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) which is basically the Dutch Immigration Authorities.
For non-EU students, your MVV and residence permit will be applied by the university on your behalf. Once it is approved, you will receive a letter from the university informing you to make an appointment at the Dutch embassy in your country to have your passport stamped with the MVV visa sticker. Once the visa is stamped in your passport, you can travel to the Netherlands. Once you arrive in the Netherlands, the IND will inform the university when your residence permit can be collected. This residence permit is a study residence permit with an expiry date.
For more information on the MVV and the conditions that apply, please visit the IND website at https://ind.nl/en/Pages/mvv.aspx.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 12:56 PM)
MVV: Why is my MVV visa only valid for 90 days?
The MVV is a special entrance visa which is needed by a non EU/EEA resident to enter the Netherlands. It is valid for 90 days and will only be issued in combination with a residence permit.
Once your application for an MVV and residence permit is approved, the IND (Dutch Immigration Authority) will inform the Dutch embassy or consulate in your home country. You will then have to arrange an appointment with the Dutch embassy or consulate general to have your passport stamped with the MVV visa and also to provide your biometric information (fingerprints, passport photo and signature) in order for the IND to make your residence permit.
The 90 days cap is to allow time for you to make an appointment at the Dutch embassy (which normally can take more than 2 weeks) and prepare for your departure to the Netherlands. You have to travel to the Netherlands within the 90 days. Once you arrive in the Netherlands, you will have to wait for an additional 2 weeks before your residence permit can be collected. It is important that you ensure your MVV has not expired before you receive your residence permit.
Take note that you cannot request for an extension of the 90 days. If your MVV visa has expired (the 90 days is over), your sponsor will have to submit for a new application and you will have to pay for this new application.
COVID-19 situation: In view of the COVID-19 situation, new rules have been set by the IND. You can check for additional information from the IND website at https://ind.nl/en/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
Question:(Last edited: Monday, 22 June 2020, 3:47 PM)
Networking for Internships: How can I connect with others and look for internships?
Upon completion of the introduction session, please try to register via WittenborgConnect first, which includes current students and alumni as its members. Wittenborg Connect allows you to both re-connect with old classmates as well as utilising the trusted Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences environment for expanding your professional network.
You may visit WittenborgConnect regularly by clicking on the link https://wittenborgconnect.com/, and check for updates on job placements and/or internships.
Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 13 August 2020, 2:20 PM)
New address registration: How long can I wait before registering my new address in the Netherlands?
You must inform the municipality of your change of address anywhere between 4 weeks prior to moving and 5 days after moving. The moving date that you provide will be treated as the day on which your address changed. If you inform the municipality more than 5 days after moving, the date on which you inform the municipality will be treated as the moving date. Municipalities can impose a fine of up to €325 if you do not inform them in time of important changes to your personal information.
The following link is the page on the city hall website, which guides you how to change your address online. This link is only for students living in Apeldoorn city.https://iburgerzaken.apeldoorn.nl/gaas-web/server/continue/StartVerhuizing;jsessionid=8C22DB3273EA4687ACA6B5DB4096CB48#burgerzaken
Question:(Last edited: Monday, 13 July 2020, 11:46 AM)
News@Wittenborg: How can I stay in touch with the latest information and news at Wittenborg?
To stay informed at Wittenborg, students will be kept up to date of all news, events
and study information through Wittenborg’s own online information system. All news posts
will be automatically e-mailed to all students and staff who have registered their profiles on
In any modern learning environment, online information plays an important role. At
Wittenborg, students can access course information, modules, web mail, their
account information and many other utilities, through the intranet. www.wittenborg-online.com
Logging in www.wittenborg-online.com
Login is done by using your assigned user name (firstname.lastname@example.org) and password. See Part 4 of the EEG for more technical information. Wittenborg's Intranet can be accessed from school and from
home, or from anywhere in the world where there is internet connection. All you have to do is to log in using your Wittenborg credentials.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 11:18 AM)
Nuffic: What is a Nuffic agreement?
It is a document legitimising your internship. It must be signed by you, your company and the university. You are not allowed to start your internship without the signed Nuffic agreement. Any hours worked prior to the signed Nuffic agreement will not count towards the hours necessary to fulfil this work placement module. Working without a Nuffic agreement is considered illegal in the Netherlands and Wittenborg will not be responsible for any legal issues arising in this case.
Question:(Last edited: Friday, 24 April 2020, 3:08 PM)
Office Hours in Corona Crises: Are Admissions Officers at Wittenborg still working despite its closure of two of its campuses?
Yes. Wittenborg's Amsterdam location, and the Spoorstraat location in Apeldoorn are closed. However, the main Wittenborg Aventus campus in Apeldoorn is still open from 07:30-16:00 daily. Wittenborg's Admissions Team is continuously processing applications as they normally do. If you would like to submit your application, you have a question, or you would like to have a chat via phone, our Admissions Team will be happy to assist you.
Question:(Last edited: Friday, 9 October 2020, 3:21 PM)
Online Lectures: How to attend online lectures during the Block?
The online lectures are done in MS Teams. Once the session is started by your teacher at the scheduled time, you should be able to see a Join Tab in the relevant course team chat area. You can join the session by clicking on this Join Tab.
Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 19 November 2020, 10:08 AM)
Online Presentation: I am invited for an online presentation but I get an error message everytime I click to join the online meeting.
When you receive an outlook invitation you might receive the following message:
“A custom mail flow rule created by an admin at wittenborg.eu has blocked your message.”Any time you receive an invitation in Microsoft Outlook or 365 and accept it, the invitation will be visible from then on in your calendar. Therefore, even if you close the window that pops up while you have accepted the invitation, you can always go to your Outlook calendar and join the communication channel again.
If the problem persists you may contact Helpdesk for further assistance.
Question:(Last edited: Friday, 18 September 2020, 2:09 PM)
Open Day: Can I attend a Wittenborg Open Day or visit the campus?
Currently, all on-campus events including open days and campus tours have been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, we are very pleased to inform you that Wittenborg hosts regular Virtual Open Days with Admissions Officers & current students. Our Virtual Open Day dates can be found here: https://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-open-day-online.htm
Question:(Last edited: Friday, 17 April 2020, 1:17 PM)
Open Days- Can I still attend open day events at the university?
Currently, all on-campus events including open days and campus tours have been cancelled. However, we are very pleased to inform you that Wittenborg will host its very first Virtual Open Day on 29th of April.
Question:(Last edited: Saturday, 11 July 2020, 10:02 AM)
Oral Defence for Graduation Assignment: How can I hold my graduation defence presentation online?
The Graduation Assignment (GA) Oral Defence will be conducted approximately 2 weeks after you submitted your GA assignment via Turnitin. These two weeks are for your Academic Supervisor and an External Marker to mark your assignment. If you receive an initial pass by both your Academic Supervisor and External Marker, you will receive an email regarding your Oral Defence. In the email, you can find details about the Oral Defence such as:
1) the day, date and time of your Oral Defence
2) the deadline to upload your presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi etc.) on the online submission area
3) when you should send a copy of your presentation to your Academic Supervisor
4) the link to the Oral Defence Meeting at MS Teams
5) any other relevant information/instruction
You are advised to try clicking on the link to ensure that you will be able to access the meeting and to see whether your microphone works. If you do not have MS Teams, you can download the app on your laptop or iPad or mobile phone. If you face any problems, please contact Front Desk as early as possible.
Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 4 June 2020, 12:57 PM)
Orientation Year: Can I use my orientation year after 2 years of finishing education?
Yes, you can still apply for the orientation year within 3 years after finishing your education.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 5:12 PM)
Orientation Year: Can I use my orientation year/search year residence permit to work outside the Netherlands?
No, you can only use your orientation year residence permit to work in the Netherlands.
The Dutch residence permit for the orientation year (oriëntatiejaar or zoekjaar - search year) does not give you the right to work in other countries, even in the Schengen area. If you want to work in another (Schengen member) state, you will have to apply for a residence permit and/or a work permit in that state. Take note that your stay in other Schengen member states is limited to a maximum of 90 days within a period of 180 days. If you intend to stay in another Schengen member state longer, you must comply with the immigration regulations of that country. Take note also that if you do not have and keep your main residence in the Netherlands during the orientation year, your residence permit can be revoked. Having main residence in the Netherlands is a key requirement to retain a Dutch residence permit.
Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 26 November 2020, 5:22 PM)
Orientation Year: I am graduating soon. How can I apply for a search year (zoekjaar) visa?
Note: The orientation year or zoekjaar residence permit is only applicable if you have been in the Netherlands on a study visa and you are not an EU/EEA resident.
If you have successfully completed your university studies and you would like to stay in the Netherlands to find a job or start your own company, you have to apply for the orientation (search) year or zoekjar residence permit. Once you have passed your Graduation Assignment (GA)/Final Project (FP) Oral Defence, Wittenborg will start your deregistration process and inform the Dutch Immigration Office (IND) as we are legally bound to do so within 4 weeks of the Oral Defence day. This means that your study visa will be invalid after 4 weeks of your GA/FP Oral Defence. Unfortunately, this period cannot be extended as per the regulations of IND. During this 4-week period, we will prepare and sign your 'Declaration of Study Completion'. You need this document to apply for your orientation year residence permit at IND (alternatively, you can use your Graduation Diploma if you have received it). If you would like this document, please send us an email at email@example.com with your full name, student number and your current registered address details. We will send you this document within one week after your Oral Defence. Take note that you need to apply for this new residence permit as soon as possible to avoid facing a "residency gap".
Here are some tips on how to apply for the Orientation Year Residence Permit:
1) You can start the online application on the IND website at https://ind.nl/en/work/working_in_the_Netherlands/Pages/Looking-for-a-job-after-study-promotion-or-research.aspx . Click the ‘Apply online’ button. Alternatively you can apply by mail, but this will take a longer processing time.
2) For the online application, you need your DigiD and iDeal
3) There will be a fee charged for your application. Currently, (in 2020), the fee is €174. (Please check the website for any updates on the cost of application).
4) You also need to upload some documents together with your application. You can check the list of documents that you need to upload from the same website.
5) After your application has been received, the IND will send a confirmation letter. The letter will state the date the IND has received the application and the period within which the IND makes a decision. As a rule, the IND has to make a decision within a period of 90 days. However, if you apply online and your application is complete, the IND strives to handle your application in 2 weeks.
6) There are certain conditions which you need to satisfy before applying for this residence permit. Please check for more details from the same website.
You can refer to the attached FAQ document from IND if you have any other queries.
Question:(Last edited: Monday, 22 June 2020, 4:00 PM)
OV-Chipcard (OV-Chipkaart): What is an OV-chipcard and how can I use it in the Netherlands?
In the Netherlands, the easiest way to take the bus, train, subway, or tramway is to use an OV-Chipcard (PT Smart Card). The costs for the OV-Chipkaart itself is €7,50 and can be bought at https://www.ov-chipkaart.nl/purchase-an-ov-chipkaart.htm or at the local NS-service points. There are two different OV cards.
Note: Season tickets can only be loaded on the personalised card.
Further details on 'How to use the OV-chipcard' can be accessed via: https://www.wittenborg-online.com/mod/glossary/showentry.php?eid=221.