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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.

Why? US nationals may invoke the Dutch American Friendship Treaty (DAFT). The purpose of the Dutch American Friendship Treaty is to promote the economies of both the United States of America and the Netherlands and to stimulate trade and business on a bi-lateral basis. 

The Dutch American Friendship Treaty gives American citizens preferential treatment to operate a business in the Netherlands. In contrast to most of the other non-EU nationals who would like to set up their own businesses, American entrepreneurs applying under the Dutch American Friendship Treaty do not need to satisfy a very difficult points-based test and do not have to show that their company has an innovative value.

The requirements for US entrepreneurs, setting up a sole proprietorship, are: the company must be registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce and a minimal capital investment of EUR 4,500 in a Dutch business bank account. A partnership or a limited corporation (Besloten Vennootschap, BV) would require at least 25% of the capital and a minimum of EUR 4,500. In the case of a public corporation (Naamloze Vennootschap, NV), there must be at least 25% of the placed capital, amounting to a minimum of EUR 11,250. Furthermore, the funds must be the person's own and may not be borrowed.

The residence permit would be issued for two years and upon finalizing two years, it would be renewed for another five years. Your spouse and children would also be permitted to reside in the Netherlands.

You and your spouse would be exempted from learning the Dutch language or passing a Dutch civic integration exam, although the language test will be required if you decide to apply for a permanent residence permit or a Dutch passport upon reaching five years of legal and uninterrupted stay in the Netherlands.

If you have received a job offer to work in the Netherlands, we would be very happy to provide you with information about the Dutch highly skilled migrants policy or obtaining a blue card.

Everaert Advocaten is member of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands and the Amsterdam American Business Club.

We started our America Desk to provide our US clients with excellent services. The desk is headed by Vera Kidjan, one of our partners with more then fifteen years of experience in this area. Please contact her personally at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You may also contact one of our other legal advisors of this desk: Julian van Dam or Barbara Wegelin.

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Addition to the Everaert team

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Liesbeth Boon joined the Everaert team as a new attorney-at-law as of Tuesday September 4 2018. Liesbeth has been an attorney-at-law for over 7 years, and until recently she practiced at Witlox Snijders Advocaten.

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Official partnership Everaert + IN Amsterdam

We have partnered with IN Amsterdam (previously Expatcenter Amsterdam), the first port of call for hundreds of newcomers to Amsterdam each month.

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Work permit requirement lifted for Croatian nationals per 1 July 2018

Starting 1 July 2018, Croatian nationals will be free on the Dutch labor market.

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10th Edition of artist lecture held

On the verge of the Easter weekend, on Thursday 29 March, Everaert Advocaten hosted the 10th edition of its annual free information event about the requirements for obtaining a residence pemit in the Netherlands as a self-employed artist.

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Vera Kidjan in NOS News

On 24 March 2018 Vera Kidjan featured in NOS News explaining the recent increase of Turkish Highly Skilled Migrants in the Netherlands.

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