Since 1 October 2017 the regulations for an application for a search year permit have been changed.
Depending on where the student graduated different rules apply. For students graduated in the Netherlands the date of the exam is applicable to determine the calculation of the three year term in which a search year permit needs to be applied for. For foreign students the date stated on the diploma is applicable for the calculation of the three year term.
Another important change in regulation is that the university of the foreign student must be in the top-200 ranking in the year of graduation and not in the year in which the application is filed.