Free legal aid for disputes, objections & appeals
Every now and then, life throws you into a situation where you feel like there is nobody you can to turn to. Maybe DUO has rejected your application, or maybe your landlord is refusing to return your deposit. College Life - together with outspoken law firms - will assist you.
In the Netherlands, any person has the right to request legal aid from the 'Raad voor Rechtsbijstand.' Since students & graduates usually cannot afford paying a full fee for legal services, College Life can help you apply for the legal subsidy that covers a significant amount of the cost.
OBJECTIONS & APPEALS
If you disagree with a decision made by either a private or public entity (e.g. DUO), you must object and/or appeal it within a certain timeframe. Also, objections and/or appeals must be clearly articulated, preferably in Dutch. Together with top law firms, College Life has prepared two verified templates you can use for free.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Many frequently asked questions pertaining to DUO (The Dutch Ministry of Education & Culture) remain unanswered on their official website. Together with trusted law firms, we've answered five questions asked by international students & graduates about DUO and its processes.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This depends on whether your internship and/or traineeship was paid. If the internship and/or traineeship was paid, in most cases you will be eligible for student finance.
You should file an objection against the decision from DUO within 6 weeks after their decision has been made. An objection that is filed after this term will be put aside by DUO. In this objection you should ask DUO to reconsider their decision (use College Life's template). If you are certain that you meet the eligibility requirements, you should also consider filing a new application in addition to the objection.
You should prove your hours with quality administration (for example, invoices backed up by your bank details, an agenda and/or e-mails). Make sure to include your hours worked on your invoices to make it easier for DUO to calculate your total number of hours worked.
Your work as an entrepreneur and/or freelancer must have a certain economic value, and must be realistic and not of a subsidiary character. On average, you should earn 50% or more of the amount of social welfare (Dutch) you are entitled to.
You must file an objection if you believe that DUO’s decision is incorrect. DUO will make a decision based on this objection. If you still disagree with the second decision from DUO, you can appeal it again at a Court. This court appeal must be made within 6 weeks of the decision made by DUO. The Court will charge a fee for this appeal and you will likely require legal aid. If you file neither an objection or appeal, the decision from DUO will be final
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