Handbook for non-EU students

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Hello, here are the resources and tips compiled for non-EU students, since the different rules and regulations apply. Please feel free to revise, contribute and use the Discussion tab of this page.


_________ Citizen Service Number [BSN]




_________ Search Year

Within 3 years after your graduation, you are entitled to apply for a Search Year [aka Orientation Year / Zoekjaar] visa, which means you can stay and work in the Netherlands for a year without TWV [work permit]

Residence Gap

In case you are planning to apply for a Permanent Residence permit [you can do this after living 5 years in the Netherlands], it's more convenient to apply for a Search Year permit before you are officially deregistered from your study course [September 1st]. Otherwise, you get a 'residence gap', meaning, your previous residence period is disregarded and a 5-year count starts from 0.

_________ Work



_________ Staying outside NL

You can stay in any other Schengen member country for 90 days in every 180 days

Short-stay Visa Calculator


You may stay outside the Netherlands for up to 6 months in a row or 4 months in a row for 3 consecutive years and maintain the Netherlands as a main residence.

Broader information on having the Netherlands as a main residence while traveling/staying abroad.



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_ Looking for a job after study, promotion or research
_ Work permit [TWV]
_ Permanent residence
_ Work and internship
_ Staying abroad with a residence permit
_ Short-stay Visa Calculator