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Along with students and highly skilled migrants, holders of a residence permit for an intra company transfer (ICT permit) can now also take up work as a self-employed person. With this decree, the Minister intends to stimulate the Dutch knowledge economy and keep talent in the Netherlands.

Entrepreneurship must be a sideline activity. Students, knowledge migrants and ICT permit holders must continue to meet the conditions for their residence permit. If entrepreneurship becomes the purpose of their stay, they must apply for a change of residence permit to “work on a self-employed basis”.

In the same decree, the Minister determined that holders of a residence permit for exchange in a Working Holiday Program (WHP) or Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) are no longer free on the labor market: they may only work for 12 consecutive weeks for the same employer. They may work for the duration of their Working Holiday Visa, but not continuously for the same employer.

With this measure, the Minister is seeking to prevent use of the WHP permit as a disguised work permit (TWV). The WHP visa is meant for exchange only, so that young people can get to know Dutch society and culture.

These changes take effect on the 1st of October 2018.

For more information about these changes, please contact Thomas van Houwelingen.

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