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EU Directive for Researchers and Students

18 May 2018 EU Directive 2016/801 will take effect on 23 May 2018. This Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 regulates the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au pairing.

This Directive will have some important changes for the Netherlands. If researchers and students have a valid permit for research or study in another Member State, they no longer have to apply for a Dutch residence permit to carry out research or study at a Dutch university. Researchers are allowed to stay 180 days in a 360 days, instead of 90 days per 180 days. This is also applicable to their family members. Students can stay even in The Netherlands 360 days without a Dutch residence permit.

Another important change is that foreign non EU students and persons who have graduated less than 2 years ago can do an internship in the Netherlands without the condition that the internship is required for the student to graduate. Only required is that the internship is educational. In the internship agreement the educational program of the internship must be made clear.

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