When do you qualify for a residence permit for foreign startups?

Published on:
16 February 2022
Last checked on:
29 June 2022

To qualify, you must meet the following conditions:

  1. work together with a trusted and experienced mentor (facilitator) based in the Netherlands;
  2. offer an innovative product or service;
  3. the startup entrepreneur has a step-by-step plan to develop their idea into a business;
  4. the startup entrepreneur and the facilitator are registered in the Trade Register of the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel);
  5. the startup entrepreneur must have adequate financial resources to reside and live in the Netherlands for one year.

For a detailed overview of the criteria, please consult the IND website.

Commissioned by:
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
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