More foreign students choose NL

30th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 August 2007, THE HAGUE – 6,315 students from other countries enrolled in Dutch universities and colleges this summer, about 1,000 more than last year, the Volkskrant reports. The number of foreign students registering in the Netherlands was about 4,000 annually in the preceding years.

30 August 2007

THE HAGUE – 6,315 students from other countries enrolled in Dutch universities and colleges this summer, about 1,000 more than last year, the Volkskrant reports. The number of foreign students registering in the Netherlands was about 4,000 annually in the preceding years.

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) says the increase is the result of changes to policy. Several years ago, the IND says, the Netherlands had a strict immigration policy. Procedures were so complicated and time-consuming that many students, especially from China, India and the US, chose instead for educational institutions in other countries.

The Social Economic Council (SER) and other agencies sounded the alarm on this situation. The Netherlands was in danger of losing the battle for knowledge migrants.

Under then-minister Verdonk of immigration the procedures for student immigrants were simplified and shortened. The IND opened a special counter. This, combined with the fact that students no longer have to apply for the permit via the municipality but can apply directly to the IND, has speeded up the process considerably.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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