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Working after graduation

Are you interested in staying in the Netherlands to search for a job? Are you keen to start your career after your studies? There are different possibilities, depending on your nationality. Please read the information below or take a look on the Work in Holland website.

For international students who have completed their studies there is the possibility to stay in the Netherlands for a period of up to twelve months to find a job as a highly skilled person.

If you are a student from an EU country and you consider staying in the Netherlands after graduation, it is recommended you voluntarily register at the Dutch Immigration Service. If you then decide to live in the Netherlands for more than five years, you will be able to apply for permanent residency for EU citizens. Please refer to the Work in Holland website or use our Pathfinder application for the exact information on all rules and regulations that apply to your situation on this website.

Orientation year for highly educated persons

Knowledge and talent is welcome in the Netherlands to strengthen our competitive position and knowledge-based economy. Therefore, the Dutch government decided to improve the already existing orientation year scheme (also known as Search Year). As of 1 March 2016, there is one Orientation Year permit: 'The orientation year for highly educated persons’.

How do I apply?

You apply for the orientation year permit yourself at the IND. All candidates will have three years after graduation or finishing research to apply for the permit.

For more detailed information and the application form, go to www.ind.nl for the exact information on all rules and regulations that apply to your situation. Here you can find all relevant information as well as the application form. It is your own responsibility to send in this specific application form. The institute which you have graduated from has no role in this whatsoever. You can also use our Pathfinder application below for more information on all rules and regulations that apply to your situation.

Published by  Student Affairs 2 August 2016