Would you like to work in the Netherlands after you graduate?
The Netherlands offer a so-called “Orientation Year” permit (Zoekjaar hoogopgeleiden) that provides non-EU graduates from Dutch Universities the possibility to look for work in the Netherlands or start their own business after their graduation without an additional work permit.
What is the Orientation Year permit?
The Orientation Year permit will be granted for one year with the purpose to look for work or start a business. This permit cannot be extended.
Non-EU graduates from Dutch higher education institutions can apply for this permit within 3 years after their graduation. This provides you with more time for the application procedure and the possibility to travel home in between.
No work permit required
During the Orientation Year you will not require a work permit (TWV), which means that you are allowed to take up any type of work including a temporary position, a part-time job, paid or unpaid internship in this time.
No proof of sufficient means
If you are granted the Orientation Year permit you will not be asked to provide proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during this period of time (this amount is set by the IND). However, should you wish to avail your right for family reunification during this time you will have to provide proof of sufficient financial means to support your family members as set by the IND. During your Orientation Year you will not be entitled to social security and social services provided in the Netherlands.
Possibility to apply for multiple permits
Should you obtain another degree after completing the Orientation Year you may become eligible to apply for another Orientation Year permit.