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How to arrange accommodation, residence permit, work permit... (student story#2)

Student stories 5 September 2007, 00:00

Student of MA in International Leisure and Tourism Studies Elena Starkova tells: You arrived. New place, new friends, parties. School and studying is yet so far. But meanwhile you still have some time before classes start, so you’d better go trough some important formalities.

Student of MA in International Leisure and Tourism Studies Elena Starkova tells: You arrived. New place, new friends, parties. School and studying is yet so far. But meanwhile you still have some time before classes start, so you’d better go trough some important formalities.

I will name them all and then draw your attention on each. They are accommodation, residence permit, registration, bank account and work permit. I am from Russia and all these formalities are for non EU. Europeans have less of them and they pass them easier but anyways.

Lets start with accommodation. Without place to stay not even study but to live is impossible. So it’s the most important thing. To help you with this thing Stenden University has a Housing Office in its building. There you will get your keys from your new apartment and the housing contract (It’s a very important thing! Watch it carefully! Later you'll find out why).

Then comes residence permit. Your visa is valid for 3 months and afterwards you should have a Residence Permit. But the International office of Stenden University should apply for it for you. To help them with it bring your passport and housing contract (so now you see that without it you can not stay here!). Also, for obtaining RP you need to get an X-ray taken for a tuberculosis test in GGD (health department). It will send the results to IND.

Some words about the registration. With passport and housing contract (there’s almost nothing you can do without it!) you go to Gemeente (municipality) and register on your new address in Leeuwarden.

Next step on your unclouded future is opening a student bank account. Usually for visa to ensure embassy you have enough money to stay in NL you pay the school 3,000 or some thousands extra and then get them refunded (as soon as you open a dutch bank account) you need to have a dutch bank account. So, you go to the ABN-Amro (abnamro.nl), that has an office in Stenden University with your passport, housing contract (one more time you need it!) and letter of acceptance (dated less than 3 months otherwise you should go to the international office to make some notes there).

And some info for students who want to make some money while studying. What you should have is a work permit. And you can obtain it only after you get RP. And its not you, but your employer should apply for your work permit.

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