The Dutch government has a one year orientation visa for highly educated persons.
The Netherlands considers it highly important that highly skilled migrants have the time they need to find a job or start their own company in the Netherlands after completing their studies. Therefore, highly educated persons can apply for a Netherlands visa valid for one year, the so-called 'Orientation year highly educated persons' residence permit.
To be considered for this,
• You need to have a valid passport or other travel document
• You need to sign an antecedents statement
• You need to take a TB test (exemptions do exist)
In the past three years:
• completed an accredited bachelor's or master's programme in the Netherlands; or
• completed a postgraduate studies of at least an academic year (a minimum of 10 months) in the Netherlands; or
• completed a study in the Netherlands in the context of the Cultural Policy Act; or
• completed a study in the Netherlands that is provided in relation to the development cooperation policy of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; or
• obtained a master's degree in the context of an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course; or
• completed a higher education programme designated by Ministerial Decree; or
• done scientific research at any time. For this, you have had a residence permit in the Netherlands for the purpose of scientific research within the meaning of EU Directive 2005/71/EC, research within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2016/801, or as a highly skilled migrant to undertake scientific research; or
• You have completed a Master's or post-doctoral programme or have obtained a PhD at a designated international educational institution* abroad and you have:
• Achieved a minimum score of 6.0 for the International English Language Testing System, or
• Achieved a comparable minimum score in an English language test in accordance with the Code of Conduct for international students in Dutch higher education, or
• Acquired a diploma, certificate or document as meant in Article 2.3, (1) of the Civic Integration Decree (only in Dutch), or
• Completed a Master or post-doctoral programme in the English language or in Dutch.
*A designated international educational institution is listed in the top 200 of one of the general ranking lists or in the top 200 of one of the available ranking lists by faculty or by subject field of the:
You apply for the orientation visa to the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). If you have completed your education abroad, are still living there, and want to apply for the orientation year visa, you may require a provisional residence permit or mvv (this does not apply if you are, for instance, an EU citizen. Check the IND website for more details.). Use our interactive Coming to the Netherlands tool to find out if you need a provisional residence permit.