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Tips for Using Job Search Engines

Tips for Using Job Search Engines

When searching online for a job, start with a few key job sites that feature a combination of job postings aggregated from other sites and paid job ad placements. Adzuna and Joblift are good options to start with, and you may even find Read More

Asylum seeker, refugee, statusholder. What is the difference?

Asylum seeker, refugee, statusholder. What is the difference?

The terms refugee and asylum seeker are often used interchangeably. Who exactly is an asylum seeker? And when is someone a refugee? Take a look here at some of the answers to these questions and other frequently asked questions. Who is an Asylum Read More

Integration (‘inburgeren’)

Integration (‘inburgeren’)

Integrate: how? To integrate, you must learn Dutch. You must then learn how the Dutch people live and work. This is required by the government as indicated in the Civic Integration Act. You take the integration exams after you have learned ... Read More

Rules about work and income

Rules about work and income

Having the possibility to gain work experience while people are still into the asylum procedures in The Netherlands, will help to learn the language and integrate into the Dutch society. The law called “Wet Arbeid Vreemdelingen (WAV)” contains ... Read More

Save up to € 400 on your energy bill!

Save up to € 400 on your energy bill!

Due tothe Corona crisis, the energy costs are now historically low. When you got your house , probably you did not check all different energy providers and the different prices. Most newcomers are entering into a energy contract with one of the ... Read More

Finding work

Finding work

Finding work in the Netherlands Do you want to work in the Netherlands? See the list below for suggestions as to how to find a job in the Netherlands. Temporary and  recruitment agencies The internet Vacancies in newspapersNetwork sites ... Read More

Finding a house or room in The Netherlands – private sector

Finding a house or room in The Netherlands – private sector

Finding a place to live in The Netherlands can be a tough operation, especially in popular cities. if you satisfy the conditions for social housing, a social house will be provided by a housing association in your municipality, when you receive ... Read More

Housing Associations

Housing Associations

Housing associations In the Netherlands, housing is divided into two sectors: social housing and the free sector (private housing). Social housing in the Netherlands is mostly meant for people with lower incomes. Conditions applicable to social ... Read More

About networking

About networking

Learning the Dutch language and culture and integrating in the Dutch society and labor market can take a lot of time, however there are ways to reduce that effort Understanding Your Network Each and every one of us has a large network of ... Read More

Volunteer work – rules and compensation

Volunteer work – rules and compensation

Are asylum seekers and status holders allowed to do volunteer work? Volunteer work is a welcome way to spend the day for asylum seekers and status holders. It is also an easy way to get to know what it is like to work in the Netherlands. ... Read More

Dating sites in The Netherlands

Dating sites in The Netherlands

In Holland we have many datingsites. These websites are used to connect with other people for a serious relation but also for normal friendships. Usually you can first subscribe for free but if you want to chat or contact people, you first need ... Read More

Starting your own business

Starting your own business

Becoming an entrepreneur in the Netherlands can be a great alternative to being an employee for an employer. How to set up a business in the Netherlands There are several administrative issues you need to take care of when setting up a ... Read More

Save money on your phone and provider

Save money on your phone and provider

When you get to the Netherlands and there are many things you need to organize. One of those things is getting a mobile phone and mobile phone provider as this is part of our “basic needs”. In The Netherlands there are many mobile providers you ... Read More

Collaboration with Net in Nederland

Collaboration with Net in Nederland

Dutch public broadcasters have launched a website where refugees and newcomers to the Netherlands can access on-demand Dutch television programmes and videos. The service, called Net in Nederland (New to the Netherlands), features a selection of Read More

Municipal and national benefits

Municipal and national benefits

Municipal and national benefits Here is a list of the municipal and national benefits that are available to you: Municipal benefits Collective insurance Laptop for schoolchildren Free public transport for people aged over 65 Schoolchildren’s ... Read More

Legal matters- Housing (tenancy agreements)

Legal matters- Housing (tenancy agreements)

Rented housing Both social and private (non-subsidised) housing can be rented in the Netherlands. Rules apply to both the tenant and the housing association or landlord. They cover security of tenure, rent, rent increases, maintenance, service ... Read More

Healthcare insurance

Healthcare insurance

Finding and selecting the best health insurance Finding and selecting the best deal for a health insurance can be difficult. ZorgKiezer.nl is a reliable and independent comparison website for all Dutch health insurances. Each year on January 1 ... Read More

The Dutch school system

The Dutch school system

Dutch public education is of a very high standard, and only a very small proportion of pupils attend private schools. There are three types of education: public, private and special education. The difference is that public schools receive ... Read More

It starts with a business plan

It starts with a business plan

Do you like to start your own business while you receive or will receive an ‘uitkering’? It all starts with writing a business plan! This template business plan is provided by the Gemeente Amsterdam. Unfortunately, Gemeente Amsterdam Read More

Are asylum seekers and status holders allowed to intern or gain work experience?

Are asylum seekers and status holders allowed to intern or gain work experience?

Are asylum seekers and status holders allowed to intern or perform a work experience placement? Asylum seekers are allowed to intern if their procedure has been running for at least six months. When your procedure has not started yet and during ... Read More

Studies and education – Frequently asked questions

Studies and education – Frequently asked questions

Not all refugees will be able to work right away. Most of them will have to study first. For adolescent and adult refugees vocational or higher education is the most logical choice. In that way they can obtain a diploma that will help them with ... Read More

How to find a study?

How to find a study?

Study in Holland is an initiative of Nuffic to promote and inform students worldwide about Dutch higher education. Study in Holland is the official starting point for all international students who are considering Holland as a study destination. Read More

Syrian versus Dutch Diploma’s

Syrian versus Dutch Diploma’s

View the Dutch comparison of diplomas from Syria. Basic Secondary Education Certificate (شهادة الدراسة التعليم الأساسي) Dutch comparison: 2 years of HAVO (NLQF* 2 / EQF* 2) Duration of studies: 9 years Type of education: basic and lower ... Read More

Diploma evaluation

Diploma evaluation

What is a credential evaluation? A credential evaluation is a written statement, which indicates the value of a foreign diploma or study programme in the Netherlands. It contains a comparison of a foreign diploma or study programme with the ... Read More

Dutch higher education system

Dutch higher education system

The Netherlands has a binary higher education system. Binary in this context means there are two types of higher education: research-oriented and profession-oriented: Research-oriented education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO) is traditionally ... Read More

Health care benefit (zorgtoeslag)

Health care benefit (zorgtoeslag)

Health care benefits In many cases you can qualify for a contribution towards healthcare costs in the form of so-called “care allowance”. This care allowance can pay a part of the compulsory health insurance costs. Whether you are actually ... Read More

Social security in The Netherlands (uitkering)

Social security in The Netherlands (uitkering)

Social security in the Netherlands The Netherlands have a social security system that is being used to help individuals and families, who find themselves in a challenging financial position. This includes people who receive insufficient income ... Read More

Health care for asylum seekers (non-statusholders)

Health care for asylum seekers (non-statusholders)

Health care The medical care provided to asylum seekers is as similar as possible to regular Dutch healthcare. Asylum seekers, like Dutch residents, can visit a general practitioner, midwife or hospital. One of the COA staff’s important duties ... Read More

Minimum wage

Minimum wage

Minimum wage All employees aged between 23 and state pension age are entitled to the statutory minimum wage. This is the minimum you must receive if you work. Younger employees (15 to 22) are entitled to the minimum youth wage. The minimum wage ... Read More

Asylum procedure

Asylum procedure

Asylum seekers may be given asylum in the Netherlands if they need protection from persecution in their own country on religious or ethnic grounds, for instance. The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) assesses whether an asylum seeker ... Read More

Opleiding, studie en diploma’s – ondersteuning en organisaties

Opleiding, studie en diploma’s – ondersteuning en organisaties

Vluchtelingen hebben bij het volgen van een opleiding soms extra hulp nodig. Bijvoorbeeld omdat hun buitenlandse diploma in Nederland niet erkend wordt. Bekijk hier bij welke instanties u terecht kunt als u vluchtelingen wilt helpen bij het ... Read More

Studybooks (new and second hand)

Studybooks (new and second hand)

Studystore is the foremost students’ bookstore for Higher Professional Education (“HBO”) and universities (new and second hand books). Each year they supply textbooks and course materials to over 200,000 students of Higher Education throughout ... Read More

Comparing Dutch internet and television providers

Comparing Dutch internet and television providers

When you get a house in the Netherlands and there are many things you need to organize. One of those things is getting an internet and television connection as they are part of our “basic needs”. In The Netherlands there are many internet and ... Read More