The Netherlands has traditionally been a country that welcomes entrepreneurial spirits. After centuries of enterprise and ingenuity, the combination of innovation, trade and entrepreneurship remains a driving force within the nation’s economy and is a key source of economic renewal and job creation. As such, it is recognised that entrepreneurs stimulate economic growth.
Since 2015, a new regulation enables ambitious entrepreneurs from non-EU countries to apply for a temporary residence permit for the Netherlands. This gives you one year to launch an innovative business. A precondition is that your startup must be guided by an experienced mentor (facilitator) based in the Netherlands.
Under this scheme, startups are offered the necessary support to develop into a mature enterprise. Read more about how the Dutch government is supporting ‘Ambitious Entrepreneurship’.
After the first year, the duration of the startup entrepreneur's residence permit may be extended, on the basis of the Dutch government’s self-employment scheme. In this regard, the startup entrepreneur must receive a statement of its startup facilitator or meet the standard requirements applicable to the self-employment scheme. For an overview of these requirements, please read more on the IND website.