As of 1 January this year, it is easier for highly educated professionals from abroad to get into the Netherlands. According to Transfermagazine.nl, those who meet certain criteria can obtain a residence permit for a maximum of one year to find work or set up an innovative company.
A points system is also in place. Besides the level of education, which earns 25 points for a Master’s and 30 for a doctorate, other key factors are age and ‘indicators for success in the Netherlands’. Someone of between 21 and 40 years of age gets 5 extra points. Another five points are awarded for work experience, having studied in the Netherlands, and knowledge of languages. A total of 35 to 40 points are needed for a permit. Financial means are not among the criteria.