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Settling as an independent entrepreneur in the Netherlands

A point system applies to foreigners wishing to establish themselves independently in the Netherlands. If enough points are scored a residence permit will be issued. American and Japanese nationals can make a claim for a residence permit within existing friendship treaties.

The point system for independent entrepreneurs consists of three categories:

  • Personal experience
  • Business plan
  • Added value for the Netherlands

At least 30 points have to be reached for each category (from a possible 100 points per category). Elements which can contribute to a higher score include a well founded financial base; capital investment; higher education and experience. Previous experience with the Netherlands also adds points. A residence permit can also be issued, if for each of the two categories 'personal experience' and 'business plan' at least 45 points are reached.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs assesses the application and gives its decision via the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service). The application procedure can take up to three months.

There is a more favourable situation for American and Japanese entrepreneurs. On the basis of the Dutch American Friendship Treaty and the Japanese Trade Treaty the residency requirements are as follows:

  • Registration with the Chamber of Commerce
  • Capital investment of €4,500 for the business
  • Opening balance and financial prognosis prepared by an accountant with at least a BECONnumber.
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I've worked with Kroes Advocaten regarding my new residence permit card application. From the first day of working together, the communication between two parties went well and I was informed for every phase of the process as soon as it has new...
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16 July 2024
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16 July 2024
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12 July 2024
As soon as my legal matters were in the hands of Pieter Krop I felt confident and assured that everything was going to work out for the best. Pieter is clearly a specialist his subject matter and consistently proved that throughout the process...
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James Langley
11 July 2024
We originally obtained the services of Mr. Sander Groen from Kroes Advocaten in 2020 to apply for my European Blue Card for me and my family. Mr. Sander Groen is very systematic in following the procedures and is very friendly. Our...
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10 July 2024
I worked with Inge te Pas and Dilara who were responsive and professional from the first consult to the end process of swearing-in and passport application. As a lawyer myself, I appreciate the follow up and thoughtful suggestions made by Inge...
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Brett
8 July 2024
I am so grateful that Dilara took over my case, as I had a tough situation with my residence permit. Dilara made a step-by-step plan and explained everything I needed to know regarding the application process. Her professionalism and attention...
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Viktoriia Belskaia
8 July 2024
I got in contact with mr drs Sheryl Goldberg regarding to my complex residence issue. She was the whole time very responsive, even during her holiday time. I am high grateful. During our meetings, she always heard me through carefully and gave...
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6 July 2024
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