New scheme: Orientation year for highly educated persons
The Netherlands attaches importance to giving highly skilled migrants the time to find a job or to start their own business in the Netherlands after completing their studies.
As of 1 March 2016, the policy for highly educated persons has been changed. The orientation year for highly educated persons and the orientation year for graduates are now combined into one single scheme: 'The orientation year for highly educated persons’. The scheme applies to all graduated students in the Netherlands and students who have graduated from a top university abroad.
The residence permit orientation year for highly educated persons can be submitted within 3 years after completing the studies, or after obtaining the PhD. Under the old scheme, orientation year for graduates, this was limited to 1 year after having graduated.
The new scheme gives those graduated in the Netherlands the opportunity to first return to their country of origin after having completed their studies, and to then come back again to the Netherlands.
The employment status on the residence permit for the orientation year for highly educated persons states that work is allowed without restrictions, a work permit (TWV) is not required. This means that the holder of a residence permit orientation year for highly educated persons is allowed to work in the Netherlands free from any restrictions.
The new scheme does not only apply to students; scientific researchers may also apply for a residence permit orientation year for highly educated persons.
Read more about the orientation year for highly educated persons. https://ind.nl/EN/individuals/residence-wizard/orientation-year-highly-educated-persons/Pages/default.aspx