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Highly skilled migrant after search year

Working in the Netherlands as a highly skilled migrant after the search year

Working in the Netherlands as a highly skilled migrant after the search year? When a highly skilled migrant wants to work in the Netherlands after study, promotion or scientific research, a so-called residence permit ‘search year highly educated’ can be applied for. This residence permit means that the migrant has a maximum of 1 year to find a job or start his own business in the Netherlands. Com.pas is a specialist in the field of Expat Services. We can fully support you in processes of bringing employees from abroad to the Netherlands, but we are also there for highly skilled migrants who are looking for an organization that will take care of this process for them.

What does the term highly skilled migrant after the search year mean?

This residence permit for a highly skilled migrant after the search year applies to highly educated graduates from outside the European Union. The conditions set by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) for this may differ slightly per nationality. This is mainly due to the mutual agreements between the Netherlands and/or the EU and the relevant country from which the highly skilled migrant originates. The highly skilled migrant after the search year has up to 3 years after graduation, obtaining a PhD or doing scientific research to find a job in the Netherlands as a highly skilled migrant or to start his own (innovative) company. many conditions are set for applying for this residence permit. Some of those conditions are:

  • Scientific research has been done in the past 3 years and before that they also had a residence permit in the Netherlands.
  • A specific training has been completed in the past 3 years.
  • The potential highly skilled migrant after the search year had not previously had a residence permit for the search year (for after carrying out this scientific research, or after completing this programme or PhD programme).

When do we speak of a highly skilled migrant after the search year?

The meaning of the term highly skilled migrant is defined by law as someone who comes to work in the Netherlands from outside the European Union. This concerns a highly educated person who because of their specialization comes to work in the Netherlands as a highly skilled migrant. But it is also possible that a specialized highly educated study is followed in the Netherlands. The IND then sets the rule ‘highly skilled migrant after search year’. This is a temporary residence permit that gives the graduate the opportunity to find work in the Netherlands after completing the study. The potential highly skilled migrant can therefore complete a second (bachelor’s or master’s) degree, obtain a PhD or carry out scientific research, after which a residence permit ‘search year highly educated’ can be obtained.

Converting the residence permit ‘search year highly educated’ into a residence permit as a highly skilled migrant.

If the foreigner finds a job within the search year, the residence permit ‘search year highly educated’ must be converted into a residence permit as a highly skilled migrant or one starts as a self-employed person.

If the foreigner finds a job as a highly skilled migrant with an employer within the search year, the reduced salary criterion applies (€2543, -). The reduced salary criterion will continue to apply as long as one continues to work for an employer who is a referent at the IND.

The highly educated person who has graduated abroad can also apply for a residence permit ‘search year highly educated’ to use the reduced salary criterion in the Netherlands. They have to have obtained a master’s degree in the past 3 years. They must have obtained the title at one of the universities in the top-200 ranking of the most recent list of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the QS World University Rankings, or the Shanghai Jiao Tong Ranking. The university must be included in the top 200 ranking in the year of graduation. The condition is that the university appears on two of the three rankings.

Com.pas arranges the application for highly skilled migrants

Many companies are reluctant to hire a highly skilled migrant after a search year. This is because of the complex rules that are attached to it and the time-consuming process of arranging a residence permit, among other things. To apply for a residence permit for highly skilled migrants, the employer must be recognized by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) as a so-called referent. If your organization is not a recognized referent, it is an option to use highly skilled migrants via Com.pas by means of payroll. Com.pas is a recognized referent at the IND. Highly skilled migrants who are looking for an organization in the Netherlands that can facilitate them in this process will also be completely unburdened by Com.pas. Curious about what we can do for you? Please feel free to contact us.

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