30 May 2018 • HOP, Steffi Weber
Non-EU students may work two days a week
Students from outside Europe may now work more hours next to their studies. They will also have more opportunities for internships. These new regulations took effect this week.
Thanks to the new European directive, students from outside the EU may now work for 16 hours a week, announced Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education. This is six hours more than was previously permitted. “The EU directive requires a minimum of 15 hours per week,” says Nuffic policy officer, Floor van Donselaar, “and the Netherlands has made this 16 hours, which is the equivalent of two full working days.”
Through this directive, the EU is making it easier for internationals to study and have a job on the side in Europe. So-called ‘third-country nationals’ from outside the EU will need a working permit to work in the Netherlands. The employer needs to apply for one from the UWV (Employee Insurance Schemes Implementing Body), and this process too has been simplified, says Van Donselaar. “The application forms are clearer so that the employer does not face too much hassle.”
While applications for work permits are rarely rejected, she says, the permits are seldom applied for. Why this is the case is not clear. “Maybe employers are hesitant to apply because they don’t know the rules. Or maybe they worry about the amount of paperwork,” she speculates. It may also be the students themselves. “They come here to study so working as well as studying may simply not be a priority.”
Legislation around internships for non-EU students has also been widened. From now on, anyone who graduated within the last two years may do an internship of up to one year in the Netherlands. Previously, students from outside the EU were only able gain work experience on the Dutch labour market during their courses. To avoid non-EU alumni being underpaid for their work under the pretext of an internship, they too need a work permit for their internships.