If you need a visa to do an internship abroad, you should apply for one in good time. The documents needed for a visa application and how long an application takes vary from country to country. Apply for a visa at the embassy of your host country in the Netherlands.
Visa supporting letter for internship in Thailand
Are you going to do an internship in Thailand? In that case you need a visa supporting letter for internship. With this statement, the embassy requests permission for your stay from the Thai immigration authorities.
If you don’t already have one, apply for a DigiD before deregistering from your municipality. It’s easier to apply for a DigiD from the Netherlands than from abroad. You can use your DigiD to log in to Dutch government websites, even from abroad.
When you are abroad, you cannot always receive the SMS DigiD verification code needed to log in to the websites of Dutch government organisations. With the DigiD app you can log in without an SMS verification code. So download and activate the app before you leave. Then you will be sure that you can log in.
Check when your passport or identity card is due to expire. Some countries have specific requirements for the validity of your passport or identity card. You will find this information in the travel advice for the country in question.
Find out whether you can get student finance while abroad or keep it while you’re there. And because you cannot use your student travel product outside the Netherlands, you can probably get a public transport allowance.
If you can keep your Dutch health insurance, remember to inform your health insurer that you will be living abroad for a while
If you have Dutch health insurance during your stay abroad, you can usually keep your healthcare benefit. Go to the Mijn Toeslagen portal on the Tax and Customs Administration website to inform the tax authorities of your new address. You will need your DigiD. If you do not have a DigiD, apply for one before you leave.
If you are going to do an internship within Europe, you should apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card will entitle you to essential medical care abroad. You will receive the card by post within 7 working days of applying.
You cannot use your student travel product outside the Netherlands, but you can apply to DUO for a public transport allowance. Before you leave, you will need to cancel your public transport smart card at a ticket machine. If you don’t, you may receive a fine.
To make sure you do not miss any messages from DUO, check that it has an email address you use regularly.
If you are staying abroad for longer, check that your passport or ID card is valid for long enough. Some countries have special requirements in this regard. You can apply for a new Dutch passport or new Dutch ID card in your host country.
If you registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs information service, you will need to deregister on your return so that the embassy or consulate knows you are no longer in the country in question.