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friendship treaty

  • Bolivian entrepreneurs to apply for permit under DAFT

    Bolivian nationals should be treated just as favorable as American nationals, when it comes to applying for a residence permit for self-employment.

  • Civic integration for Turkish to be reintroduced

    Dutch minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Koolmees, announced in a letter to the Parliament that a civic integration obligation for Turkish newcomers will be reintroduced. A recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union supports his proposal.

  • Great news!

    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 us. We will gladly assist you with changing this status. 

    Vera Kidjan, Elles BesselsenBarbara Wegelin

  • 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 has to 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 Investors 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.

  • What Saint Nicholas and DAFT have in common

    This 5th of December is a very special day. We are not only celebrating Saint Nicholas in the Netherlands (that is an old man with a white beard on a white horse, throwing presents through chimneys assisted by his helpers). We are also celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Dutch American Friendship Treaty (DAFT)!