1. The Netherlands
The Netherlands is famed for its relaxed work-life balance and this flexibility extends to its work visas.
The ‘Orientation visa’, a residence permit for non-EU citizens with next to no restrictions, allows you to stay in the Netherlands and work for one year after the end of your graduate degree. After the orientation year you must apply for your next visa.
The Orientation Visa doesn’t require any proof of sufficient funds, and also covers working in temporary positions such as internships (paid or unpaid), freelancing, and even starting your own company.
As the Netherlands is also a member of the European Union, the same possibility to apply for an EU Blue Card exists for graduates from business degrees, as long as you meet the requirements for salary in the Netherlands (€5.4k (US$6.4) per month) and professional/educational experience.
There's also the possibility of applying for the 'Highly Educated Migrant Visa', which is available for non-EU students who have completed a master's degree or above within the past three years. The scheme targets the highest quality talent, so only graduates from universities which rank in the global top 200 generally or for a specific subject field can apply.
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This article was originally published in March 2021 and updated in November 2021 with the latest visa policies.
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