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Start-up permit as of 01-01-2015

As of 01-01-2015 it will be possible to apply for a residence permit to start-up a business which permit will be issued initially for one year.

Conditions to qualify for a start-up permit:
-the entrepreneur to be must have a facilitator with a reliable and experienced record
-the entrepreneur to be should run an innovative business and must have sufficient financial means
-the business should be registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce

Whether or not the business is innovative will be determined by the RVO (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland), a subsidiary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

After this initial year conditions for renewal of the permit must be in line with criteria which are currently valid to qualify as an entrepreneur.

The former Dutch Euro Commissioner, Mrs Neelie Kroes, has been appointed to further strengthen the international position of the Netherlands as  “the ultimate country to start-up a business” to attract an increasing number of start-ups from other countries with the aim to rank innovative Dutch companies in an international top position.

It is not known as yet what other conditions will apply to further simplify immigration procedures but we will update you as soon as we know.

If in the meantime you have any questions then please get in contact with us.


Godelijn Boonman - Expat lawyer (employjment law)

Godelijn experienced an international upbringing and education as an expat child living in Africa and England. Back in The Netherlands, she studied law at the University of Utrecht (1990). She then embarked on her legal career as a lawyer by working 10 years for the well-known law firm of ‘Wladimiroff en Spong Advocaten’. In 2000 she joined GMW lawyers as a partner and is the head of the Labour law and Pension section.

Godelijn specialises in international employment law and has extensive experience in dealing with both non-contentious and contentious international employment matters including (collective) redundancy packages and dismissal. She works for both companies and individual employees, enabling her to keep an open mind to both sides of a case. Naturally she helps her clients when a problem has arisen, but prefers to act before an escalation has taken place. Advice on a fair Human Resource policy is an essential part of her work.

Godelijn Boonman is considered to be the undoubted employment specialist for the expat community because she is bilingual, has a large international clientele and a wealth of experience in international employment law matters. She is therefore frequently asked to be the key note speaker at international seminars.

Godelijn has a keen interest in the international community and has been a member of the advisory board of ACCESS and the Women’s Business Initiative International since its beginning.