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Dutch Highly Educated Migrant Search Year Visa

Dutch Highly Educated Migrant

Did you earn a Master's degree or Ph.D from a top 200 university within the last three years? You could qualify for a Dutch residence permit to look for a job as a Highly Skilled Migrant.

The Dutch Highly Educated Migrant Search Year Visa gives recent graduates from internationally recognized universities the opportunity to live in the Netherlands for one year to find a job as a Highly Skilled Migrant.

The university must appear in two of the top 200 of the general ranking lists or the ranking lists by faculty or by subject field:

Publisher: Times Higher Education
General ranking list: Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Ranking lists by subject: Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject
Publisher: Quacquarelli Symonds
General ranking list: QS World University Rankings
Ranking lists by subject: QS World University Rankings by subject
Publisher: ShanghaiRanking Consultancy
General ranking list: Academic Ranking of World Universities
Ranking lists by subject: ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

The deadline to apply is no later than three years after your graduation. You have to be able to support yourself while you are here, but you don't need a work permit during the search year.

Successful applicants receive a residence permit for one year to find a job as a Highly Skilled Migrant with an IND-approved employer. For 2021, the minimum gross monthly salary requirement is EUR 2,543 (this amount is indexed for inflation every year).

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If you think you might qualify for the Highly Educated Migrant Search Year Visa, call us at +31 (0)20 262 2509, send us an email at info@expatlaw.nl or fill out the contact form below for a free evaluation.

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