Leniency for non-EEA students in crisis times

| Rense Kuipers

Non-EEA students who suffer from a study delay because of the corona crisis do not have to fear for their residence permit. The UT sees the crisis as a justifiable reason for a study delay, but students with problems have to raise their alarm in time.

Students from outside the European Economic Area fall under the so-called MoMi-legislation. Part of this ‘Modern Migration Policy’ is that these students are required to obtain at least 50 percent of their ECTS every academic year. If they don’t meet these requirements, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) will usually revoke their residence permit.

There are, however, exceptions to the rule. The UT now also deems the corona crisis as a justifiable reason for study delay. Students who fail to meet the 50 percent ECTS due to (personal) circumstances as a result of the crisis need to have these circumstances assessed by the Committee Personal Circumstances. There are also students who can’t – or couldn’t – continue their education, graduation assignment or internship. For instance, because they weren’t able to work in the labs or do an internship at another university or abroad. If these students weren’t provided with an alternative and didn’t meet their study progress requirements, they also have a justifiable reason according to the UT. These cases won’t be reported to the IND.

Students who think they fall under these circumstances, are supposed to contact their study advisor as soon as possible.