Renewal of residence permit
How do I extend my residence permit?If your residence permit expires within 3 months, it is wise to start up the procedure for its extension. Below you can find all the different checklists, depending on your situation.
For the most up-to-date forms, please contact the Immigration Service Desk. Please note that if you are a PhD-student or staff member, your department must inform the ISD about the extension of your stay first.
Once you have prepared all documents, you can submit your documents online. If you prefer to submit them in person, you can make an appointment.
If you want to change the type of residence permit your have, or if you currently have a residence permit for ‘study’ that was applied for by another university (of applied sciences) or employer, please contact the ISD. Please always make sure that you send along a scan of the front and back of your current residence permit card. The ISD will then send you the correct checklist.
If you want to replace your residence permit due to loss or incorrect details, please consult the information here: What do I need to do if my residence permit card has been stolen, broke, or holds incorrect details?
When do I get my new residence permit card?The ISD will receive a notification from the IND that you can collect the new residence permit and will inform you via email. You will have to make an appointment online at the IND desk stated in the letter. Keep in mind that it is not always possible to visit an IND desk at short notice. Therefore, please schedule an appointment in time.
I want to travel, but my new residence permit card is not ready. What should I do?Is your residence permit still valid on the day you return to the Netherlands? It is then OK to travel. You do need to have a valid travel document. For example, a passport. You also have to take your residence permit with you when you travel.
Has your residence permit already expired? Then sometimes a return visa is needed to return to the Netherlands. You have to make an appointment at any IND desk for this.
How do I apply for a permanent residence permit?If you have 5 years of consecutive legal stay in the Netherlands, you may be eligible to apply for a permanent Dutch residence permit.
This type of application must be submitted by yourself. The University of Groningen (UG) is no longer involved, as we no longer act as your recognised sponsor to the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). Follow this link to find more information about this residence permit application.
You can find all the information and requirements regarding a permanent residence permit on the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).
How do I apply for a search year or orientation year residence permit?If you have obtained a Dutch bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate’s degree, or have graduated within the past 3 years from a university that is listed in the top 200 of the general ranking lists, you may be eligible to apply for a residence permit with the purpose of search year.
This type of application must be submitted by yourself. The University of Groningen is no longer involved, as we no longer act as your recognized sponsor. Please visit the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) for this residence permit application.
You can find all the information and requirements regarding an orientation year on the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) website.