Tightening of orientation year permit for highly educated migrants leads to stricter requirements for the newly graduated highly-skilled migrant.
As of 1 July 2021, the requirements for applying for a so-called orientation year permit in the Netherlands for foreign nationals who graduated abroad have been tightened. According to the State Secretary for Security and Justice, these stricter requirements are necessary to prevent abuse of the scheme.
What has been changed? The search year is open to foreign nationals who, in the three years immediately preceding the application, have successfully completed a Master’s programme or a post-doctoral programme of at least twelve months at a foreign educational institution or have obtained a doctorate from an educational institution that is included in one of the three authoritative ‘rankings’ of international universities published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, Quacquarelli Symonds and Times Higher Education. There are large differences between the lists per publisher. Under the new policy, the educational institution must now be included in at least two available lists (general, faculty or discipline-specific). Ranking lists published by the same publisher count as one.
The tightening also applies to applicants for a highly-skilled migrant permit who use the lower salary threshold (currently EUR 2,497 gross per month excluding holiday allowance) for highly-skilled migrants. The bar has therefore been raised slightly and some would-be highly-skilled migrants will miss out.
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