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creative industries

  • Creative industries

    Do you intend to work in the creative industries in the Netherlands and do you have a non-EU nationality? For work in paid employment, a combined permit for work and stay (GVVA) is required. Creative freelancers can apply for a residence permit as entrepreneur. 

    To American, Japanese, and Turkish citizens and their family members other conditions may apply. Read more on our page Treaties.

  • Happy World Music Day! ♪♫♬

    Did you know that, besides marking the beginning of summer ánd world yoga day, the 21st of June is also the day on which music is celebrated in 120 countries worldwide? Amateur and professional musicians are invited to play music outside and there are many free music festivals to enjoy.

  • Introduction: Starting a business in the Netherlands

    Entrepreneurs who come to the Netherlands to start a business can apply for a residence permit for entrepreneurs. Start-up entrepreneurs who work together with a recognized facilitator can apply under the more lenient start-up program. Foreign investorscan apply for a Dutch residence permit if they invest in the Dutch economy.

    Entrepreneurs

    Regular entrepreneurs are assessed through a point-based system. Applicants can score points for their business plan, personal experience, and contribution to Dutch economy. The points are not easily obtained, which makes this one of the more rigid procedures. Read more on our page: Entrepreneurs.

    Start-up

    Under the start-up program, a permit is granted for 1 year to develop the business with the support of a facilitator. After this year, the starting entrepreneur must apply for the regular permit for entrepreneurs, via the point-based system. Read more on our page: Start-up

    Investors

    For investors, the investment amount is the main criterion. The investment must meet certain requirements as well, such as proof of benefit to the Dutch economy. Read more on our page: Investor visa

    Matrix comparing Point-based system, Startup program and Investor's permit:

       
    Point-based system 
    Startup program  
    Investors    

    Access to job market  

    Limited to work for own company. Work permit required for any other type of work.

    Limited to work for own company. Work permit required for any other type of work.

    Free access to job market. Work permit not required.

    Duration

    2 years, extension possible depending on business performance

    1 year, extension subject to point-based system

    3 years, extension is possible

    Civic integration requirement

    none

    none

    none

    Family

    Can apply simultaneously; work permit is required for any type of work.

    Can apply simultaneously; work permit is required for any type of work.

    Can apply simultaneously, work permit not required, free access to labor market

    Dutch citizenship

    Application possible after 5 years of uninterrupted legal stay

    Application possible after 5 years of uninterrupted legal stay

    Application possible after 5 years of uninterrupted legal stay

     

    Special categories

    For more information, please contact Hermie de VoerVera Kidjan or Lotte van Diepen.

  • Webinar for foreign art students 2022

    DATE: Tuesday, May 17, 2022
    TIME: 4.30 pm
    REGISTRATION: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Our annual free lecture for international art students who want to stay in the Netherlands after graduation, will take place as a webinar again this year. The webinar will address the following: