Entrepreneurs from abroad (start-ups)

On 1 January 2015 a new scheme was introduced for ambitious entrepreneurs (start-ups) from outside the European Union (EU). As an entrepreneur, you can apply for a one-year residence permit to start an innovative business in the Netherlands. One condition is that you receive support from an experienced, reliable mentor (facilitator) in the Netherlands.

One year

You have one year in which to develop an innovative product or service. The facilitator provides guidance on turning the concept into a business. After one year you can extend your residence permit in accordance with the scheme for self-employed foreign nationals.

More information

For more information on the scheme, the terms and conditions and the application procedure, please consult the IND website. The scheme for foreign start-ups is implemented by the IND.