The Orientation Year Visa offers many benefits. Not only does it allow you to apply for jobs or even start your own company without any restrictions for the period of 12 months, but it can also make the transition to the next work permit easier. One of the options for a next work permit could be the permit for the highly skilled migrant. The Orientation Year Visa also gives you the opportunity to learn the Dutch language while you’re working in the Netherlands. Acquiring some level of Dutch will make your life easier and will make you feel more at home, while gaining insight in the Dutch culture and customs. Are you set on being an entrepreneur and ready to build on your own innovative business? Be sure to first look into the Startup Visa which offers excellent opportunities for startups. More information about the Startup Visa can be found here.