Do you wish to work as a start-up entrepreneur after your studies? Then you may also be eligible for a residence permit as 'start-up'.
There are certain conditions that apply to everyone. In addition, you must meet the following conditions:
obtained a master's degree in the context of an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course; or
*A designated international educational institutions is, at the moment of your graduation or PhD, 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 subject - that correspond with your field of study or research field- of the:
All foreign diplomas have to be evaluated by Nuffic before they can be accepted, except for diplomas from accredited higher education programmes in Flanders, Belgium. Check out the ‘FAQ Orientation year’ for more information.
Other conditions may apply for Turkish nationals and their family members.
This application costs € 174.
You can submit this application online when you live in the Netherlands and currently have a valid residence permit. You have recently graduated, completed a PhD or carried out scientific research in the Netherlands. You also have to be registered in the BRP and have a BSN.
Are you abroad and do you need to apply for a provisional residence permit (mvv)? Please submit the application in writing. You can get an application form from the Dutch embassy or consulate.
For the online application you need:
You can start the online application by clicking the button Apply online.Apply online
The application form lists the documents you need for your application if you submit your application for a residence permit in the Netherlands.
The information sheet lists the documents you need for your application and indicates how you can pay the costs if you apply for a provisional residence permit (mvv) at the Dutch representation abroad.
You have to have official foreign documents
legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German. Your diploma does not have to be legalised.
The IND aims to have your residence permit ready within 2 weeks following your arrival in the Netherlands. The IND will send you a letter indicating when you can collect your residence permit. For this, you have to make an appointment online at the IND desk stated in the letter. Keep in mind that it is not always possible to visit an IND desk at short notice. Therefore, please schedule an appointment in time.
Check to see if the information on your residence permit is correct while you are still at the IND desk. If something is incorrect, please inform the IND staff member at once.
Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you must register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) in the municipality you are going to live.
To register with the municipality you need a legalised and translated birth certificate. Take this therefore with you when you travel to the Netherlands.
Please contact your municipality in advance to check which (legalised and translated) documents/ certificates you need to take with you.
You have indicated your intent to undergo a tuberculosis test (TB test) when you applied. You have to make an appointment for this with the Area Health Authority (GGD). You do this within 3 months after having received your residence permit. Please take the 'TB test referral form' with you to the appointment.
In some cases you are exempt from taking a TB test.
Anyone living in the Netherlands must take out health insurance. You do this within 4 months following your arrival in the Netherlands.
You are not obliged to take out Dutch public health care insurance if you have not found a job yet, or your internship allowance is less than the Dutch minimum wage. Your foreign health care insurance will be sufficient in those cases.
You can find more information on the website of the Zorgverzekeringslijn.
The residence permit for the orientation year for highly educated persons is valid for a maximum of 1 year.
To students completing several programmes of study, the orientation year can be granted after each programme of study or scientific research. You can therefore apply for another orientation year at a later date if this is done on the basis of another completed programme of study or scientific research. This programme of study or scientific research must have been completed after your previous orientation year.
The back of your residence permit shows if you are allowed to work. You are free to work (incl. work on a self-employed basis, with or without personnel). Your residence permit states 'arbeid vrij toegestaan, TWV niet vereist' (work freely permitted, no work permit required).
Have you enclosed a certified copy of a (foreign) diploma or the ‘Statement on completion of study’ with your application for a residence permit 'orientation year highly educated persons'? Then, you are free to work in the Netherlands while awaiting the decision on your application. You can collect a residence endorsement sticker at an IND desk. This sticker states 'arbeid vrij toegestaan, tewerkstellingsvergunning (TWV) niet vereist' (work freely permitted, no work permit required). To collect the sticker, you have to make an appointment online.
Is your residence permit damaged, lost or stolen? In that case, have the residence permit replaced.
You cannot extend the residence permit 'orientation year for highly educated persons'.
Have you found work? You can change your residence permit to a residence permit to work. You can, for example, apply for a residence permit as highly skilled migrant, start-up or work on a self-employed basis.
Changing to a residence permit as a highly skilled migrant means a lower income requirement applies to you. This lower amount also applies if you switch to highly skilled migrant directly within 3 years after having graduated in the Netherlands.
If you are awaiting a procedure, you do not have a valid residence document at present and you wish to travel outside the Netherlands, you may need a return visa to re-enter the Netherlands. This could be the case if your current residence permit is no longer valid or your current residence permit will expire during your stay outside of the Netherlands. To apply for a return visa you must meet certain conditions.
Webinar 'Work in Holland: Special permit for alumni of higher education'
How do I complete an online application?
The provisional residence permit (mvv) is a visa you need if you wish to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days. For more information, check Regular provisional residence permit (mvv).
Nowadays you can arrange many things yourself on government websites. With DigiD you log in to your personal account on government websites. Your DigiD consists of a username and password that you both choose yourself. Don't have a DigiD yet? Request this on www.digid.nl.
To apply for a residence permit online you need to have a DigiD with SMS code. After logging in with your DigiD you will receive an SMS with a code. You will have to fill out this code as well to get access to the online application forms.
Do you have a DigiD but no SMS code verification? Please go to Mijn DigiD and log in. Choose 'Extra sms-controle aanvragen' and enter your mobile phone number. Within 5 days you receive a letter with an activation code. Activate the sms control functionality on the website of DigiD with this activation code.
A country of continuous residence is a country (other than the country of origin) where you may lawfully live for more than 3 months. This means you have a valid residence permit for that country. Or that you are waiting for your application for a residence permit to be approved.
Are you in a country in your free term? Or with a visa for short stay (maximum of 3 months)? This is not continuous residence.
A TWV is a work permit. The employer applies for a TWV with UWV (Netherlands Employees Insurance Agency). UWV examines among other things if there is no employee with the Dutch, EU/EEA or Swiss nationality that is qualified for the job.