VISA Residence Permit

Evaluation of qualifications

Qualifications obtained from educational institutions outside the Netherlands must be evaluated. This must be done with a view to entry into the labour market. The evaluation provides information to employers, educational institutions and the holder of the qualification, and is intended to determine whether the educational level required for the work to be performed has been met.

The evaluation of qualifications usually takes place upon admission to the University. The Admission Office by International Office performs the evaluation.

If you travel abroad for work or study, many countries will ask for the legalization of qualifications obtained from a Dutch educational institution as part of evaluation procedures.

Legalization means that a document is issued by an authorized person and that the signature placed on the document is in fact the signatory's. This allows foreign authorities to be certain that the document is legally valid.

For more information on this topic, go to The evaluation of qualifications for Dutch qualifications.