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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

Specific rules might still be available to Japanese chefs. For more information, please see the conditions for the Asian catering industry here.

Starting a business in the Netherlands
To start a company in the Netherlands, a residence permit is required. Japanese nationals, who plan to start, develop or manage a business in the Netherlands, must invest a minimum amount of €4.500 in the undertaking to qualify for a residence permit for entrepreneurs.

Japanese entrepreneurs are not subject to the regular – and stricter – point-based system for entrepreneurs. They do not need to prove that the intended business activities are innovative or otherwise beneficial to the Dutch economy.

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