Are you highly educated and do you want to work in the Netherlands but have not found a suitable job yet? The Dutch government encourages you. That is why they have introduced a so-called ‘Orientation year for highly educated persons’ or ‘Search year’. You may be eligible for this policy on the basis of your education.
Another advantage may be that during the search year your employer is not obliged to have the recognized IND sponsorship to hire you.
You are eligible for the orientation year if you, in the past 3 years:
To meet the application for the orientation year you need a diploma and valid ID. At the Dutch Immigration Service (IND) you can then fill in the application “orientation year highly educated persons” yourself. The application costs can be found here.
If you do not have your diploma yet, a statement that you have met the conditions of this will suffice.
When you register for the orientation year from abroad, you must start the Entry and Residence Procedure (TEV procedure) at a Dutch embassy or consulate in your country. There you will receive a residence permit (MVV), which in Dutch, stands for Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf.
If you register during your stay in the Netherlands and the status on your residence card is ‘education’, it is valid until three months after the end of your study program or until the start date of your search year if this is immediately after your study program.
If you want to stay in the Netherlands with your family and they already have a residence permit, nothing needs to be done. If your family members do not have a residence permit, you must submit the documents to the IND that meet the conditions or you must have sufficient financial resources to support yourself for the duration of one year to qualify for family reunification. The mandatory financial requirement that applies to this can be found on the IND website.
After the search year you can submit a new application to stay in the Netherlands. Because every case is different, it is important to know what the possibilities are. TOSS would be happy to help you with this.
Applying for highly skilled migrant status before the end of your orientation year can provide additional benefits in finding a job. You are already eligible for this status with a lower income than the regular income requirement of EUR 3000 or EUR 4000. That makes you more interesting for recruitment by the employer. It may mean less income for you, but more opportunities to stay here in the Netherlands and work for a large company.
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