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Have you just graduated, obtained a PhD or performed scientific research and wish to find a job or start your own company? The Orientation Year permit enables you to explore the endless possibilities to start your career in the Netherlands. Do you have a foreign diploma and want to work or study in Netherlands but not sure if you are eligible? The orientation year permit allows people that finished their bachelor* or master, obtained a PhD or performed scientific research at one of the top 200 educational institutions in the world (Dutch universities are among the top 200) to obtain this one year permit.
The following main conditions apply when you apply to the Orientation Year Visa:
You finished your bachelor* or master, obtained a PhD or performed scientific research at one of the top 200 educational institutions in the world (Dutch universities are among the top 200).
These are the ranking lists:
The educational institution must be listed in at least 2 of the available lists (general, faculty or subject field-specific) from separate publishers.
* Only bachelor degrees obtained at a Dutch university are eligible to the orientation year visa
As a graduate, register your application at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). The costs to process your application include a one-time fee.
The Orientation Year Visa offers many benefits. Not only does it allow you to apply for jobs or even start your own company without any restrictions for the period of 12 months, but it can also make the transition to the next work permit easier. One of the options for a next work permit could be the permit for the highly skilled migrant. The Orientation Year Visa also gives you the opportunity to learn the Dutch language while you’re working in the Netherlands. Acquiring some level of Dutch will make your life easier and will make you feel more at home, while gaining insight in the Dutch culture and customs. Are you set on being an entrepreneur and ready to build on your own innovative business? Be sure to first look into the Startup Visa which offers excellent opportunities for startups. More information about the Startup Visa can be found here.