The Expatcenter announces partnership with ACCESS
On 6 June 2016, the Expatcenter launched an official partnership with ACCESS, a long-running organisation in the Netherlands that serves the international community.
Alongside already established partnerships, such as those with the IND and Dutch Tax Office, the cooperation with ACCESS extends our ability to help internationals settle into life in the Amsterdam Area quickly and easily. Thanks to the partnership, we are launching a dedicated ACCESS Helpdesk within the Expatcenter's office.
Amsterdam launches initiative to improve access to international schools
The Amsterdam region recently launched the Deltaplan Internationaal Onderwijs MRA, an initiative to investigate the issue of waiting lists for placements at international schools in the Amsterdam Area. Its long-term goal is to ensure there are sufficient places at international schools for the growing number of international families choosing to live and work in the region – by expanding the capacity of existing schools and by opening new international schools. One immediate solution, however, is to publish the current availability of places at all international schools in the region, once a month.
The 2016 OECD education report confirmed that the Netherlands has a very strong school system. Additional efforts to make it easier for internationals to settle into the Dutch education system include a push to keep international families informed about education in Amsterdam and the surrounding region by publishing all relevant information in English. Newcomers' classes are also being promoted for 6 to 12 year olds. The classes will enable children to learn Dutch and then move on to Dutch or bilingual education after a year. For children over 12 years old there are bridging classes.
Job Fair for Internationals attracts enthusiastic students
The Expatcenter attended Expatica’s sixth Job Fair for Internationals on 28 May. The fair helps internationals to find their ideal job in the Netherlands.
It was also an opportunity for us to speak to lots of international students, many of whom were interested in pursuing an internship in the Netherlands, or in taking advantage of the Orientation Year permit. This allows recent graduates and researchers from in and outside the EU to spend up to 12 months in the Netherlands to look for work. Prospective employers don’t need to apply for a work permit for them.
There are many benefits to hiring an international student with an Orientation Year permit. For detailed information, include rules and regulations regarding immigration, please see Orientation Year residence permit. The Holland Alumni Network’s career portal also provides a toolkit for employers, with information on hiring international students, interns or highly skilled international employees.
If you have questions about the transfer of the orientation permit to a highly skilled migrant permit, please ask your Expatcenter account manager or email us at [email protected].
The Expatcenter’s online appointment tool is ready for use!
We have recently been running a pilot of our new online appointment tool. The results are positive, and we are ready to implement the tool for corporate clients and intermediaries scheduling appointments at the Expatcenter.
The appointment tool enables you to book directly online, instead of filling in forms and then making a phone call. It can also be accessed outside of our opening hours. Clients receive a personal username and password, so they no longer have to provide general information more than once. The tool also provides an overview of your reservations exactly as you entered them, plus the current status of your bookings, including how far they have been processed by Expatcenter team.
To obtain a personal username and password, please send an email to [email protected]