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Treaties with America, Japan, Turkey

As of 1 January 2020 family members of entrepreneurs who have residence permits based on the DAFT or the Japanese-Dutch Trade agreement, or family members of Turkish entrepreneurs, are free on the Dutch labour market: they can take up any job they want. If you still have a residence permit with a restricted labour market notification, please contact Vera Kidjan or Elles Besselsen

We will gladly assist you with changing this status. 


Dutch American Friendship Treaty (DAFT)

If you are a US national and you would like to set up a business in the Netherlands, you can make use of very favorable regulations to work and reside in the Netherlands. No work permit is required.

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Association Treaty

To Turkish nationals and their family members more favorable rules apply than to other non-EU migrants, thanks to an Association Treaty between the EU and Turkey.

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Japanese-Dutch Trade agreement

For Japanese nationals it is less complicated to obtain a residence permit to start a business in the Netherlands than for other non-EU nationals. This is due to the Japanese-Dutch Trade agreement. For any other type of work, Japanese must obtain work authorization

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