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investor visa

  • 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 Voer, Vera Kidjan or Lotte van Diepen.

  • Investor visa

    Foreign investors can apply for a Dutch residence permit in return for a substantial investment in the local economy.

    The residence permit is valid for 3 years and can be renewed. After 5 years the investor can apply for a permanent residence permit or Dutch citizenship.

  • Residence permit foreign investor issued

    Since the Netherlands introduced the Foreign investors entry scheme in 2013, only very few permits based on the scheme have been issued.