THE HAGUE:— The Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten, the Honourable Mrs. H. Doran York in a press release, stated that the figures for students leaving Sint Maarten on their own to continue their studies in The Netherlands have been rising steadfastly over the past year.
For the past months and especially the last weeks, the Cabinet of Sint Maarten has been assisting students who have ventured out on their own to the Netherlands to pursue their education. These students are known as “free movers”.
Minister Doran-York stated, that this for her, has indeed been much to her pleasure, as it is a good thing to see our young people independently seeking to enhance their education. Many of these students have done extremely well in the past and she encourages many more youngsters on Sint Maarten, to pursue this route in the event, for whatever reason, they do not qualify for a local scholarship on Sint Maarten, but feel that they will be successful when applying directly to the DUO in the Netherlands.
The Minister mentioned, however, that it is very important to have a place to register arranged before the date of travel. Despite the message sent out from her Cabinet a few months ago, pertaining to this very same issue, absolutely none of the students that came to the Cabinet seeking assistance, had previously arranged an address to register upon their arrival.
This issue has caused many of the students, countless sleepless nights, and it is sometimes heartbreaking to experience. While some eventually, with some assistance are able to secure a place to temporarily register, others are still seeking to be registered and therefore cannot proceed and may eventually have to return to Sint Maarten.
Minister Doran-York once more points out, that in the event persons start contemplating pursuing their studies in The Netherlands on their own (as free movers), and are planning to attend a learning institution on the level of MBO, HBO or at the University, then there are certain criteria in place, that they must be aware of.
First in foremost, is that they must have a place to register temporarily until all is arranged. Without them being registered at an address, the process will be unable to start. When they register in a municipality, they receive a BSN (the registration code). Without this being properly arranged, the student will not be in a good position and nothing much can be done including applying to rent an apartment, opening a bank account etc, and all other efforts will prove futile.
The Cabinet of Sint Maarten has been very successful in assisting the free movers with registering for schools, seeking to house, making calls to schools or the civil registry on Sint Maarten among other things.
Minister Doran-York stated that her Cabinet has and will continue to do all in their power, to assist all students coming to The Netherlands, whether they already have study financing from Sint Maarten, or if they are applying directly to Holland for a scholarship.
She ended the press release by stating that it is not in the favor of the students to travel to The Netherlands without first having a place to register as is mostly very costly and stressful for them.
Source: St. Martin News Network
Free moving students to The Netherlands increased says Minister Plenipotentiary Henriëtta Doran-York. A place to register should be first arranged.