Self-employment scheme to be more accessible for start-ups

State Secretary Dijkhoff (Security and Justice) is about to amend the self-employment scheme to give potentially successful foreign start-ups more time to grow. In the near future it will be possible for foreign entrepreneurs, starting up in the Netherlands and using the start-up facility, to obtain a residence permit for self-employed persons as soon as they have satisfactorily completed the start-up programme.

Start-ups are starting entrepreneurs with a good idea and plenty of potential with regard to creating new jobs. According to Dijkhoff the object of the amendment is “to give the green light to ambitious, innovative entrepreneurs.”

Foreign start-ups have been able to use the start-up facility ever since 1 January 2015. Participants have one year in which to make the transition from a good idea to an actual business. At the end of that year they are expected to move on to the self-employment scheme. In practise however it often takes longer than a year for starting entrepreneurs to fulfil the conditions of the self-employment scheme, because it often takes them two years to reach the growth phase. The self-employment scheme has been amended to avoid a situation whereby promising start-ups, in which a substantial investment has already been made, would still be forced to leave the Netherlands.

The amendment will come into effect on 1 January 2016.