Wetenschap - 1 januari 1970

University will partly compensate increased permit costs

University will partly compensate increased permit costs

University will partly compensate increased permit costs


The university will pay the extra residence permit costs incurred by
international students who started their MSc in September 2002. Students
starting in the new academic year will not receive any help with permit
costs, except those from EU candidate member countries.

The ex-minister of immigration and integration, Hilbrand Nawijn, raised the
costs of a temporary residence permit in January of this year from 258 to
430 euros. This was the second rise in a year, the previous being from 56
to 258 euros in May 2002. The cost of renewing the permit now costs 285
euros a year. For the universities in the Netherlands that are
concentrating on internationalisation this rise in costs forms a big
obstacle, as not all students and staff can afford the cost of a permit.

An appeal from the Dutch university association VSNU to the government that
an exception be made for students and university staff has not been
granted. The University of Groningen therefore decided to pay all visa
costs for students and staff from outside the EU. Wageningen is not
prepared to go this far, but has said that it will compensate the extra
costs incurred by students who started in September last year. “They did
not know that this would happen,

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