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Application for orientation year highly educated people and help finding work in the Netherlands.

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Orientation year highly educated persons

Have you graduated in the Netherlands and do you want to stay in the Netherlands?

Or have you completed a master’s, PhD or postgraduate degree at a top 200 educational institution outside the Netherlands and would you like to live and work in the Netherlands?

Then a residence permit for an orientation year highly educated persons might be something for you!

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Have you completed a bachelor’s, master’s, PhD or postgraduate course and would you like to work in the Netherlands?

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All About Expats has a network of more than 80 intermediaries who can help you find your dream job in the Netherlands.

All About Expats can assist you with your application for an orientation year permit highly educated persons.

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Services for Foreign Students

All About Expats can support you in applying for an orientation year permit highly educated persons and finding work in the Netherlands.

We specialized in the rules, regulations and possibilities concerning the orientation year for highly educated persons.

As a recognised sponsor of the IND, we can additionally offer you the possibility to continue your employment contract with us after your orientation year. We also take care of the change of status to a highly skilled migrant.

Our services:

  • Apply for orientation year highly educated persons.
  • Support in finding work in the Netherlands.
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What is an orientation year permit?

The Netherlands attaches great importance to giving highly skilled migrants the opportunity and time they need to find a job in the Netherlands after completing their studies.

The orientation year permit allows recent graduates from non-EU countries and scientific researchers to stay in or come to the Netherlands for a period of up to twelve months.

During this one-year period, the graduate can work in any type of job. An application for work as a highly skilled migrant should be submitted before the end of the year.

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Requirements orientation year

All International Students (outside the EU) who has completed a master’s degree, a PhD track or a postgraduate course at a designated foreign educational institution in the past three years or have a PhD and also have:

  • achieved a minimum score of 6.0 with the International English Language Testing System; or
  • obtained a minimum score of 6.0 in another accepted English language test; or
  • followed the master’s degree, the PhD track or the postgraduate course in English or Dutch.

qualify for the so-called Orientation year highly educated persons

Designated foreign educational institutions are the educational institutions that, at the time of graduation or PhD, are included in the top 200 of the general rankings or in the top 200 of the available rankings per discipline – which correspond to the discipline in which you graduated or obtained your PhD – from:

Why the Netherlands is attractive to international talent?

Visit our Knowledge Centre for more information about working in the Netherlands.

Free access to the Dutch labour market

You are granted free access to the Dutch labour market during the orientation year. This means that there is, apart from the Dutch Minimum Wage and Dutch Minimum Holiday Allowance Act (WML), no salary criterion and that an employer does not have to apply for a work permit for you.

Furthermore, the reduced salary criterion applies to you when you find a job as a highly skilled migrant. This may encourage an employer to hire you.

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