Job Search – Recent graduates

Foreign nationals who have graduated from a Dutch university or who have completed a Master’s program, PhD program or postgraduate programs at one of the Top 2000 foreign universities can apply for a residence permit for a search year within 3 years after completing their studies.

With a search year permit, the highly educated foreign national can search for a job as a highly skilled migrant in the Netherlands. As soon as the foreign national has found a job, (s)he can apply for a residence permit as a highly skilled migrant. This is advantageous for the employer, because the gross salary is considerably lower. The minimum gross salary as of 1/1/2023 is € 2,631 per month.

The residence permit is granted for a maximum of one year and can not be extended. 

Please contact us to discuss your situation in more detail.