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The new “Orientation year highly-educated persons” residence permit replaces, combines and extends the former Orientation year for graduates and Orientation year for highly educated persons permits. The new permit allows talented, highly-educated foreigners to apply for this residence permit within 3 years of completing a study or research project (specific conditions apply).
The permit is valid for 1 year during which the permit holder is allowed to work without any restrictions. After the Orientation Year permit is finished, employers may hire the highly-educated foreigner as a highly-skilled migrant but with a reduced salary level compared to a regular highly-skilled migrant. In 2017, this reduced salary is € 2.272 per month, excluding vacation pay.
Another advantage of the new permit is that people may apply for the 1 year permit within 3 years of completion of each degree or research position.
For a complete listing of all the relevant conditions, please view this link on the IND website. Additional information can also be found at the Nuffic website.