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Immigration


7 June 2018

THE NETHERLANDS: New directive for greater mobility

Effective 23 May 2018, the Dutch authorities implemented a new EU directive that provides Non-EU students, researchers, trainees and volunteers (in the context of European Volunteer service), greater mobility with the EU.

This will make it easier for Non-EU nationals coming to study and conduct research in the Netherlands, as long as the relevant parties have a valid residence permit  from another EU member state. There has been no change for students and researchers that are transferring from outside the EU.

The main changes are as follows:

  • Internships for foreign students and those that graduated less than 2 years ago are no longer mandatory as long as the objective of the internship is proven (in the documentation submitted with the application) to be educational;
  • Students who have a valid residence permit for another EU member state will be able to study in the Netherlands without the need to apply for a separate permit as long as they notify the IND of their arrival as soon as possible. They will be permitted to remain for 1 year;
  • Researchers who have a valid residence permit for another EU member state will be able to conduct research in the Netherlands without the need to apply for a separate permit as long as they notify the IND of their arrival as soon as possible. They will be permitted to remain for 180 days in a period of 360 days;
  • Foreign students will be permitted to work for 16 hours per week on top of their studies as long as their new employer applies for a work permit for them, previously this was only 12 hours.

All students, researchers, trainees and volunteers from with the EU must still meet the general conditions imposed by the Dutch government related to their purpose of stay.

For the full directive please click here

How does this affect the client?

Although these changes are beneficial, employers in the Netherlands that regularly utilise Non-EU students as interns and scientific researchers from within the EU, should update their processes to take into account the changes.

 

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