The Netherlands is part of the EU so people with citizenship of countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) can move, live and work freely in the Netherlands.
Here are some of the ways to live in the Netherlands if you are a citizen of a non-EEA country:
Work or business related visas
- If you have a recognized university degree or professional experience as well as a work contract or binding job offer, you may be eligible for an "EU Blue Card". The Blue Card is a four-year temporary work and residence permit. This also gives you free movement within the Schengen area and enables your family to join you. If you do not have a work contract or job offer, you can register on the EU Blue Card Network, where European employers can view your details and connect with you around job opportunities. This is also where you apply for the EU Blue Card.
- If you want to work in paid employment, your employer must apply for a ‘single permit’, which combines the residence and work permit (GVVA). This permit clearly states for which employer you are allowed to work and in what specific position.
Netherlands Independent Entrepreneur Visa
To qualify you’ll need a comprehensive business plan that proves your business will add value to the Dutch economy or, if you are a freelancer, that you have Dutch clients. You’ll also need to show a net profit of € 1,192.96 per month that needs to be independent and long-term. You also need to score adequately on a points system. The points system is based on your experience, education, entrepreneurship, income amongst other things.
US, Japanese and Turkish citizens can take advantage of treaties between their countries and the Netherlands and in some cases, do not need to meet the points threshold. You’ll still need to meet the general requirements.
If you invest €1,250,000 in a Dutch company, you can apply for a investor residence permit in Netherlands. Your investment must add value to the Dutch economy. This is assessed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).
The founder/s of a startup can be eligible for a Startup visa if they meet the following conditions:
- Collaboration with a reliable and experienced facilitator.
- The product or the service is innovative.
- The start-up entrepreneur has a (step-by-step) plan in order to move from idea to business.
- The start-up entrepreneur and the facilitator are both registered in the Trade Register of the Chamber of Commerce.
- There are sufficient financial means (resources) to be able to reside and live in the Netherlands.
Through your Family
- If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of the Netherlands, you are probably eligible for residency. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
- See the citizenship section below for more information on residency or citizenship based on descent.
Working Holiday visa
- If you are a citizen of Canada, Australia, Argentina, South Korea or New Zealand between the ages of 18-30, you may be eligible for a 1 year working holiday visa.