Getting your diploma legalised
If you want to work outside the Netherlands you may need to get your diploma or certificate legalised. Or you may need to do this for another document relating to your education, for example a list of your grades. Legalisation makes documents suitable for use in another country. It shows that your document is genuine and recognised. Legalisation is not mandatory but some employers may ask for it. If you are not sure, ask the employer you want to work for what their requirements are.
How do I get my diploma legalised?
How you have the document legalised depends on where you want to use the qualification.
How long is my legalisation valid?
There is no fixed period of validity for the stamp or sticker that legalises your diploma. This is determined by the employer or educational institution abroad asking for the legalised diploma. Ask the institution abroad that wishes to receive your legalised diploma about the period of validity.
It may be difficult for an employer abroad to understand what the level of your Dutch diploma is. They may not know anything about Dutch education or qualifications. A diploma description shows the content of your Dutch qualification and training. This helps an employer abroad to understand how this compares to qualifications in their national education system. A diploma description is not mandatory but some employers abroad may ask for it. If you are not sure, ask the employer you want to work for what their requirements are.
Working in a regulated profession
Find out whether your profession is regulated in the country where you want to work. If it is, you cannot automatically start working there with a Dutch qualification. You first need to have your professional qualifications recognised before you can practise in another country.
Lost or damaged educational documents
If your diploma, certificate or list of grades is lost or damaged, you may be able to download or apply for a duplicate.
What you also need to arrange if you’re going to move abroad
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.