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Working in the Netherlands after graduation

Malaysian graduates of Dutch universities can stay and work in the Netherlands after they have finished their studies. With the correct visas, students can gain invaluable work experience and get a taste of working abroad.


Visa requirements

After completing your studies, you need to apply for the appropriate visa to work. There are two main paths:


  • Search year (zoekjaar): Towards the end of your Bachelor’s or Master’s, you can apply for a search year. This application costs about €600 and will allow you to stay in the Netherlands and search for a job for up to one year from your graduation date. Any job you find will not require your employer to apply for a work permit. If you apply during your orientation year, the salary criteria is €27,336 in order to have your visa approved.


  • Highly educated migrant (regeling hoogopgeleide): If you’ve graduated from a Dutch university with a Master’s degree programme registerd in the Central Register of Higher Education Programmes or PhD degree, you may be able to apply to stay and work in the country as a highly skilled migrant. However, this option will still require a work permit for Malaysians.


Finding a job

There are many resources that you can use to find a job. Look up online for posted positions, visit employment agencies such as Randstad and Undutchables, gain work experience on an internship as you might be offered a permanent position after you’ve finished your placement, build your network and attend career fairs.


Salary expectations

The average starting wage for those working in Holland is about €27,000 per year. This varies based on different industries.


If being able to work in Dutch land appeals to you, find out what courses you can study there.


Read more:

Interesting things to do while studying in the Netherlands


Advantages of studying in the Netherlands

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