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.



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. 

Internet Speed

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 



Application Process

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.

Documents Required

Other documents may be required. Documents should be certified and submitted in English, Dutch, French, or German.

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