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Easier access for foreign researchers and students

17 April 2006, 22:18

"The Dutch government has decided to ease restrictions on foreign researchers and students who want to pursue internships in the Netherlands. An earlier amendment to Dutch law was unsatisfactory", said minister Brinkhorst, speaking in parliament.

'The Dutch government has decided to ease restrictions on foreign researchers and students who want to pursue internships in the Netherlands. An earlier amendment to Dutch law was unsatisfactory", said minister Brinkhorst, speaking in parliament.

In 2004, a special desk was set up at the Immigration & Naturalization Department especially for foreigner PhD candidates, post-docs and university instructors, under the age of 30. If these highly educated professionals meet the salary conditions for 'knowledge workers' (45,000 euro per year before taxes), they do not have to first apply for a CWI work permit from the Dutch Labor department to work in the Netherlands.

But foreign students who want to pursue an internship in the Netherlands must currently apply for a CWI work permit. At the request of the Dutch National Student Union (ISO), and with support within the Dutch Parliament, the government has now removed this requirement.

Foreign interns must however give a signed declaration from their home universities to their Dutch employers. This new regulation takes effect as of 1 October 2006.

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