The 'orientation year' permit
How to apply for an orientation year permit
First off, make sure to check that you’re eligible. Conditions include having completed a bachelor’s or master’s programme at a Dutch institution for higher education, or obtaining a master’s degree in the context of an Erasmus programme.
Once you’ve ensured you meet the conditions, you can submit your application online if you live in the Netherlands, are registered here and have a burgerservicenummer (BSN). You’ll also need to have graduated in the past three years, completed a PhD or carried out scientific research in the Netherlands, and have a valid residency permit for that purpose. Note that if you have a residency permit for a different purpose, such as ‘stay with a partner’, you can only submit the application in writing. You can get an application form from the Dutch embassy or consulate. For up-to-date information about the application procedure and fees, visit the IND website, where you’ll also find full conditions for the orientation year permit and a checklist of documents you’ll need to provide.
Do I qualify for the orientation year permit?
You have a foreign diploma and want to work or study in Netherlands. What is the value of this diploma in the Netherlands? This is indicated in an international credential evaluation. The evaluation states with which Dutch level a foreign diploma is comparable. For more information and to apply go to International credential evaluation.