Netherlands: Dutch Startup Visa
The Dutch Startup Visa allows startup founders to spend 1 year in the Netherlands developing their business, with support from a facilitator.
- Path to Permanent Residence
- Valid for 1 year
- Business mentorship
- High standard of living
- Strong business environment
Travelers flock to Amsterdam for world-class art museums, picturesque canals, and vibrant nightlife. Venture outside of the capitol for charming villages, tulip farms, and a windmill-dotted landscape that is flat and easily bikeable.
The Startup Visa prepares you to start your business, with help from a mentor. After 1 year, you can apply for a self-employed work permit, which offers a path to Permanent Residence.
As a resident of the Netherlands, you’ll also appreciate the inclusive, egalitarian society and well-developed social programs.
Fixed broadband: 156.69 Mbps download/78.97 Mbps upload
Mobile: 103.12 Mbps download/22.05 Mbps upload
Cost of living
No. 20 globally
- Work with a recognized facilitator
- Startup must be innovative
- Must have $16,945 bank balance
- Have a structured business plan
- Register founder and facilitator in Commercial Register of the Chamber of Commerce
Australian, Canadian, Japanese, New Zealand, American, and South Korean citizens can apply online directly here.
Other applicants apply with facilitator’s help.
In either case, applicant will need to appear in person at immigration office in the Netherlands (sometimes abroad) to give fingerprints and have a photo taken.
This visa takes 3 months to process.
- Application form
- A step-by-step business plan explaining applicant’s role in the start-up, activities to start the business in the first year, and why the business is innovative
- Signed contract with authorized facilitator
- Evidence of financial support
- Biometrics, photo, and signature of applicant
- Antecedents appendix certificate
- Evidence of TB test, if required
Other documents may be required. Documents should be certified and submitted in English, Dutch, French, or German.