Its been a while I havent write some journals! This is it 🙂
zoekjaar or Orientation Year Visa is for people who want to look for a job in the Netherlands, this is a visa that gives recent graduates (up to 3 years after graduation to find a job in the Netherlands)
These tips are long overdue and I hope this will be useful for everyone out there (especially Indonesian) who wants to work/find a job in the Netherlands)
There is one specific thing that you need to have, it is a diploma (masters/PhD) from the top 200 universities in the world based on the qs ranking. I will give the link here
Or you graduated from universities in the Netherlands (Bachelor/Masters/PhD)!
This visa is valid for 1 year 🙂
It is quite an expensive Visa, I must say, all things included, approx is about 500-700 euros (need to double-check again)
Things to prepare:
1. A diploma as I mentioned earlier, no matter where the UNI is from, all documents must be in English or Dutch (sworn translation)
If it is a masters degree, you need to present your bachelor degree as well. (Also translation) (and need to be verified by the dutch education ministry) for both certificates/diplomas. https://www.idw.nl/en/credential-evaluation.html
2. IELTS / TOEFL (I used my old one because I used to study in England)
These tips will be mainly for the people who obtained degree abroad (outside Netherlands)
Step by step:
1. Go to the nearest the dutch embassy / make an appointment for MVV,
bring the copy of your diploma, and your passport (copy and original) front and back all of them (back page where there is your signature) and then your name will be called. After this you fill in this document from the consular, you will be given a tracking card.
Please make sure your email is correct.
2. The immigration people will contact you via email whether your application is approved or not. ( this is the amazing thing about this visa, you do not need to pay anything until it is approved)
Mine takes more than 2 months.
After that the next step begin:
3. The email from the immigration officer will most likely saying you need to pay for the visa and also the “recognised diploma” meaning you need to get your diploma to be recognised in dutch education system. https://www.idw.nl/en/credential-evaluation.html
This will take time, so make sure you reply the email and will do it ASAP and will get back to them once you got the recognised diploma.
(you need to pay first and scan the proof, and also tell them the documents are being processed)
How to do this?
In the email, it will be stated which website to go and how to do it.
It is very simple.
3.1 the diploma all in English including all the subjects reports credits and GPA.
If it is a masters degree that you want be recognized, please make sure that all your diploma bachelor and masters and credits GPA are all in English.
3.2 your passport (front and back) with your signature on it.
3.3 IELTS/TOEFL (need to be confirmed)
3.4 form to fill in, to recognized the diploma
And then you will need to make sure all in PDF and send it via email. (Make sure your address is correct)
You will get a reply within 5 days, if you don’t receive it, please call them.
Once you received the email, it will state that you need to pay, and also if there are some missing documents they will state it as well.
Once you paid and completed all the documents. They will give you an email as well, mentioning you completed all the documents and thank you for the payment.
They will send the hard copy to your house. it takes 2-4 weeks to arrive so please be patient.
Once you received it, you will need to scan it and send it via email to the immigration officer. You will get a reply, its all completed and in my case, they will ask when would you like to start your residence permit (I decided a specific date) and then they will continue doing so.
Last steps, getting the MVV, it is only a sticker, just like a normal visa, and you will receive it in the embassy. ( after you completed everything, they will call/email notifying you about this)
Now the next step before coming to the Netherlands, I will put this in Indonesian, because I only did it in Indonesia.
- Birth Certificate. (in english) if you have the latest version you do not need to translate it again. You only need to legalize them in 3 steps.
- 1st steps adalah legalisir di kemenkumham. Tinggal daftar di http://legalisasi.ahu.go.id/, bayar, dan besoknya tinggal ke loket legalisasi Kemenkumham di Gedung CIK’s di kawasan Cikini. Cepet banget.
- 2nd steps Legalisir kemenlu, lewat APP di sini, download di playstore “legalisasi dokumen” Kemenlu di jalan pejambon.
- 3rd steps legalisir di Kedubes Belanda.
Ini dokumen penting untuk di bawa ke Belanda.
Sampe di Belanda, make sure to make an appointment to get your residence card.
You need to make an appointment weeks ahead before you come. This is when you already have taken your fingerprint and face biometric in your respective countries.
If you haven’t done that, please make an appointment for biometrics.
You can plan both accordingly, give a space between 2-3 weeks from biometric to receiving your residence card.
I think thats pretty much all.
I hope this article will help and please let me know if you need anything else.
You can email me or DM me in Instagram for questions. It is all in the blog 🙂