Visa Info for Kenyan Students Going to a University in Netherlands

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  • 317 EUR Visa fee
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Long Stay Visa (MVV) / Residence Permit

If you're a student from Kenya, you'll need the Long Stay Visa (MVV) / Residence Permit to study in Netherlands. This visa is made specifically for students like you who are ready to begin their study abroad adventure in Netherlands. Find out the best information about the process of getting the Long Stay Visa (MVV) / Residence Permit to decide if studying abroad in Netherlands is right for you.

How much time will it take to get my visa?

Be sure to allow extra time for your visa application. Immediately after you've been accepted to and enrolled in the university of your choice, you can already start your application for the Dutch Long Stay Visa (MVV) / Residence Permit . You should apply at least Unknown months before your university degree programme starts.

After you've applied, you can expect that you'll wait about 1 to 90 days for the decision.

Main steps to take for the Dutch student visa

Here is what Kenyan students have to do to get a student visa that will allow them to study in Netherlands:

After you are accepted to a university in the Netherlands, the university applies for visa and residence permit on your behalf. If the application is accepted you have to make an appointment to the embassy in Kenya to collect the MVV and have your biometrics taken. You will have to take a tuberculosis test only after arriving in the Netherlands for your university studies.

Kenyan students maybe have to provide biometrics during the visa application process. Your biometrics are, basically, extra identification (e.g. fingerprinting and pictures) that countries use for security purposes.

You will have to attend a visa interview during the application process.

The Long Stay Visa (MVV) / Residence Permit from Netherlands is valid for up to 3 months. So that you can stay during your entire degree programme, you may need to renew your visa every year. If you want to stay in Netherlands after your degree is over, you will have to apply for a different visa, or a visa renewal through the immigration office.

How much will I have to pay for the student visa?

To apply for the Dutch Long Stay Visa (MVV) / Residence Permit , you will also have to pay a fee of 317 EUR. Depending on your situation, Dutch authorities will allow you to pay this fee online, on location at a visa application centre in Kenya, or through a bank transfer.

Kenyan students won't need to get health insurance for the Dutch visa.

What documents will I need to get for my student visa?

When you apply for your visa, one of the most important things you need to prove is that you can support yourself during your study programme. For Netherlands, they require you to prove that you have available 868 EUR/month either from an external source, or already in your bank account.

Kenyan students won't have to prove they speak English well enough to study in an international university in Netherlands. These language skills ensure that you can succeed in your classes and manage your way around Netherlands.

Kenyan students will need to take a medical test before arriving in Netherlands.

Kenyan students won't need to set up a Restricted Bank Account. This type of bank account restricts the amount of money you can withdraw every month, and only allows you to access it when you arrive in Netherlands.

Look at the Netherlands immigration website for more detailed visa information.


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Universities in the Netherlands offer a variety of graduate degrees on subjects especially connected to Engineering, such as Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or Civil Engineering, but also Bachelor's degrees in Medicine, Arts, or Management.

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