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Hi Guys,

I have been lurking around in this forum for a while. I am only in the planning phase of my application. I have a major source of confusion described below.

I would like to claim points for my PhD as work experience. Here is a short summary of why i think i should do it:

- I did my PhD from Netherlands, where PhDs are considered as full- time employment, my contract was 36 Hours/ week

- I was paid a full salary (no scholarship or stipend)

- I paid taxes, pension contribution etc

- I have salary slips, yearly income statements, tax returns

- I have a letter from my boss stating salary, working hours, the work I did etc

1) My question is can I claim my 4 years of PhD as work experience and can I, then, also claim points for my PhD degree? Should the work experience be after graduation? Or could it be while pursuing the highest degree (PhD in my case) ?

2) Since all these documents are in Dutch and some in German I will need translation, how much of these docs (salary slips, tax returns, annual income overview etc) I should get translated. All of them would cost me a fortune.

Apologies for the long post. Thanks in advance.
 
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