The term zoekjaar – or literally translated “search year” – does not mean that rescue squads are out with helicopters scanning the countryside for missing persons for a year. Actually, it is more the opposite; the government is seeking highly-educated graduates with an advanced education who would like to work in the Netherlands after graduation.
Think of a zoekjaar as an orientation year, or a search year, for graduates who want to work in the Netherlands after obtaining their degree. The government is aware of their skills and the great value of their knowledge and expertise to the Netherlands, so it provides them with a special one-year permit to experience working here.
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