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Corona Virus – Staying after your study or research

Posted on: September 7, 2020

In April a group of international graduates started a petition to extend the search year to accommodate the decline in vacancies and networking opportunity. In a written response to questions from the Dutch Parliament Minister Koolmees for Social Affairs and Employment explains that it is not possible to extend the search year as the conditions for this residence permit are entrenched in law, and changing them is an uncertain and lengthy process. However, because the government values the contribution of international students and highly skilled migrants greatly, they decided to extend the period for which graduates are eligible for a highly skilled migrant residence permit with a lower salary criterium. In practice this
means that if you don’t find a job within the Search year, you can continue looking for a job with the lower salary criteria from abroad up until 3 years after graduation.

In this link, you can find more information from Holland Alumni Network about the search year and other residence permit that can facilitate your stay in the Netherlands after graduation.