The search period has been specially created for highly skilled migrants who are looking for a new job as a highly skilled migrant. They do have 3 months time to find a new job, regardless whether or not the unemployment is culpable.
This search period starts from the day on which the employment contract is terminated. If the expat has not found a new job during this period, the residence permit will be withdrawn.
Please note: the duration of the search period is only valid if the residence permit is still valid.
Is the residence permit valid for less than 3 months? Then the search period ends on the day the residence permit expires.