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Working in the Netherlands after graduation

Our explanation of what to expect when it comes to post study visa options in the Netherlands.

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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.


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