International Talent Event Amsterdam

Today (15 April), the International Talent Event Amsterdam (ITEA) will return for a third edition, providing companies with fantastic opportunities to meet young international professionals in the Amsterdam area. The event is particularly interesting for organisations looking to strengthen their international workforce – last year’s edition matched 860 young professionals to 41 participating international companies. All participating students and professionals are educated at master and bachelor levels, proficient in English as well as other languages and have an international background. They specialise in a wide variety of disciplines, including IT, business, finance and marketing.

Read more about ITEA 2016

New Orientation Year permit regulations have come into effect

In our previous newsletter, we mentioned a new policy regarding the Orientation Year permit, according to which international graduates are now able to apply for the permit within up to three years after their graduation, as opposed to just one year, and which also allows scientific researchers to apply. We are pleased to announce that the policy changes came into effect on 1 March 2016.

Job search tool

To make the labour market more accessible and transparent for those looking for work, the City of Amsterdam has been offering a job search tool since 2014. This tool daily collects non-Dutch speaking roles for highly educated candidates in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area in the ‘Work’ section of the I amsterdam portal.

Many companies are not aware of the fact that their vacancies are being collected by this tool. If your company’s vacancies are not showing in the tool, please feel free to let us know at [email protected], and we’ll see to it that they will be included.

Go to the job search tool

Healthcare for internationals

The Expatcenter Amsterdam is always working with local healthcare providers and health insurance companies to facilitate the development of services for the international community in Amsterdam, and therefore welcomes the establishment of Healthcare for internationals. H4i is a new network of organisations that aim to close the gap between Dutch healthcare and the needs and expectations of internationals.

The Expatcenter Amsterdam supports this new network, which will also include representatives of Amsterdam’s international community to make sure that services meet specific regional needs. Companies that care about the health and well-being of their employees are invited to participate in H4i.

For more information visit the H4i website

Dutch language skills for employees

'Taalakkoord' is a new initiative by the Dutch government that aims at helping companies in their efforts to improve their employee’s Dutch language skills. After a successful test run, the government will now develop a three-year plan, scheduled to come into effect in the second half of 2016, which allows employers to apply for subsidies for language lessons for their employees.

Almost 14 percent of all employees in the Netherlands have some problems with reading and writing. This accounts to approximately 1.1 million employees, a number that includes many highly educated international employees. But language skills are important – low language skills can lead to lower productivity, more sick days and safety risks, and it can keep employees from working at the level they should. Poor language skills limit growth and innovation. Therefore, working on language skills is an essential part of effective staff policies.

For more information, contact us at [email protected] or visit (site in Dutch).

Step-by-step DigiD guide for expats

There is now an easy step-by-step guide in English of the application process of the DigiD digital signature, which is required by many official organisations and businesses in the Netherlands in order to access their online services. To get DigiD, applicants must first acquire a username and a password through the official DigiD website. Although much of the information about DigiD is available in English, the online application form is in Dutch, but if expats are having trouble understanding the finer points of the form they can now download a step-by-step application guide in English via the link below.

More information and English application guide

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