Netherlands Job Seeker Visa 2024 (Residence Permit for the Orientation Year)

Are you looking to start a successful Career in Europe? Whether it’s a Business or a Job. The Netherlands Government allows Job seekers to apply for the Netherlands Job Seeker Visa. It is known as a “Residence permit for orientation year”. On this Visa, you can search for employment, and work in the Netherlands for one year. It is open to applicants from all the countries. Many other countries offer a Job seeker Visa such as PortugalSwedenGermany, and Austria, UAE, Norway

The Netherlands Government feels it is important to give highly educated migrants enough time to find a job or set up their own company in the Netherlands after they have graduated. For this reason, one can apply for the Netherlands Residence permit for the orientation year. The requirements to obtain a Job search visa for the Netherlands are given below.

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About Netherlands Job Seeker Visa

  • Job Country: Netherlands
  • Visa Name: Residence permit for the orientation year
  • Who can Apply: Open to all Countries

Which Countries are Eligible for this Permit?

You must be a citizen of a country that is not part of the European Union or the European Economic Area.

Validity of a Permit

On the Netherlands Job Seeker Visa, you can stay for one year. You will have enough time to Find a Job or start your own business, or startup in the Netherlands.

Visa Cost

The Application Fee is 210 Euros.

Processing Time

The Processing time for the Netherlands Job Seeker Visa is within 90 days.

Eligibility Criteria to Apply for the Netherlands Job Seeker Visa

To be eligible, you must fulfill any ONE of these requirements. Check which situation applies to you.

Situation 1: You carried out research in the past 3 years. You had a residence permit in the Netherlands for research purposes.

Situation 2: You obtained a master’s degree in the past 3 years in the context of an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course.

Situation 3: You completed one of the following study programs in the past 3 years:

  • An accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree program at a Dutch higher education institution.
  • A post-master program in the Netherlands for at least one academic year (at least 10 months).
  • A study program in the Netherlands in the context of the Cultural Policy (Special-Purpose Funding) Act.
  • A study program in the Netherlands in the context of the development cooperation policy of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Situation 4:

You must have completed a master’s degree program, a doctoral program, or a post-master program from a Designated Foreign Educational Institution.

What is a Designated Foreign Educational Institution?

Foreign students who graduated from a top university outside the Netherlands. A designated foreign educational institution is an educational institution in the top 200 of at least 2 general rankings.

Your educational institution must have been in the top 200. The rankings that include your educational institution must come from at least 2 different publishers.

Also Check: List of Fully Funded Scholarships in the Netherlands (2024)

When You Can Apply?

You must apply within 3 years of completing your studies. Such as a Bachelor, Master, or Ph.D. program.

Required Documents

Take these documents on the day of appointment at the Dutch Embassy:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Passport and Photo
  • You have a valid passport or other travel document.
  • After you arrive in the Netherlands, you must take a TB (tuberculosis) test.
  • You must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited university to apply.
  • In some cases, you have to bring extra documents. These are listed in the application form.

Requirements to Obtain a Netherlands Job Seeker Visa?

  • Step 1: Read the requirements for the Job seeker visa from here. This is the official website of the Netherlands Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND)
  • Step 2: Select your country, and follow the process. The application process may vary slightly depending on your country of residence.
  • Step 3: Read the Requirements for MVV. A valid MVV (Type D Sticker) long-stay visa is needed. This will allow you to travel to the Netherlands and collect your residence permit from there. This is the website for MVV.
  • Step 4: Collect Documents. The application form lists which documents you need. Collect all documents before you apply.
  • Step 5: Apply for MVV Visa: You apply for the MVV and the residence permit at the same time at the Dutch representation (embassy or consulate) abroad.
  • Step 6: Pay the Visa Application Fee
  • Step 7: Wait for the Decision. Most decisions are within a 90-days.
  • Step 7: You will receive a Decision.

How to Apply?

Please follow the official website (given below) and choose your country. Then follow the process.


Muhammad Saim Rasheed
As Opportunities Corners founder, my name is Muhammad Saim Rasheed. I completed my higher education from University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar. I have been to Egypt for the AIESEC internship in 2016. In addition, I am an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State's (SUSI 2017) Exchange Program. I participated in the Young Leaders Fellowship in the Maldives in 2021, and I went to the International Youth Leadership Summit in Turkiye in 2022. Since 2017, I have participated in numerous fully funded educational and leadership programs. I therefore created this blog based on my own personal experiences, and I mentor students who are eager and enthusiastic about pursuing fully funded opportunities. You can visit the official sources for additional information by clicking on the links provided at the end of each post. Read more about me and our partners here. I am also Featured by Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network