Student from a non-EU/EEA country?
Knowledge and talent is welcome in the Netherlands! Therefore the Dutch government created a “zoekjaar” or orientation year for international students who have completed their studies. This orientation year provides the possibility to stay in the Netherlands for a period up to twelve months to find a job as a highly skilled migrant. You need to apply directly with the Dutch Immigration Service and AUAS cannot do this on your behalf.
Student from an EU/EEA country?
If you are a student from an EU/EEA country and you consider staying in the Netherlands after graduation, you may register at the Dutch Immigration Service. If you decide to live in the Netherlands for more than five years, you will be able to apply for permanent residency for EU citizens. Please go to the Dutch Immigration website(opens in new window) for more information.