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ACCESS NL > Dual careers in the Netherlands > Starting a business in the Netherlands > Dutch startup visa
The Netherlands has a start-up program for non-EU entrepreneurs who intend to start an innovative business in The Netherlands.
The facilitator plays an important part, but the entrepreneur is the one who takes an active role in the development of the business. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) grants the status of facilitator based on certain criteria.
For more detailed information consult the following links:
Residence permit for start-ups
IND- start-up visa
Government- supporting start-ups
Government- residence permit for foreign start-ups
Yes, provided all other conditions are met. In principle, if the purpose of your stay changes you can apply for a different, that is new, residence permit. One condition in this regard is that they are supervised by a reliable business mentor (facilitator) in the Netherlands. Some facilitators work on commercial basis (not all), alternative is you go through the self employed person procedure: ind.nl/en/work/pages/self-employed-person.aspx
If you have a highly-skilled migrant (kennismigrant) residence permit and would like to start your own business under the start-up rule you can apply for the start-up residence permit if you fulfil the requirements for the start-up scheme.
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