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.
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.