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To apply for a Residence permit for foreign startups, read about the application process and what happens after you have submitted your application. More details about the application are available from the Netherlands Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

Where to submit your application

The application for a residence permit for a startup entrepreneur must be submitted to the IND by the startup entrepreneur or an authorised representative. Startup entrepreneurs residing abroad must submit their application for a residence permit to the Dutch embassy or consulate in the country in which they are resident.

Exceptions to this are startup entrepreneurs of Australian, Canadian, Japanese, New Zealand, American (USA) or South Korean nationality. These entrepreneurs can submit an application directly to the IND using the application form on the IND website. Foreign nationals who already have a valid residence permit for the Netherlands but who wish to transfer this to a residence permit for startup entrepreneurs can also use the application form on the IND website.

Who assesses the application

For the assessment the IND consults with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, a part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The agency:

  • gives advice as to the facilitator;
  • innovativeness;
  • the step-by-step plan; and
  • the entry in the Trade Register.

A positive response is required on all counts in order to obtain a residence permit. The IND will assess the applicant’s financial means.

Collecting your permit

For successful applications, the residence permit can be collected from the IND service desks in the Netherlands or at one of the officially cooperating expat centres or expat desks in the Netherlands.

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