Prerequsites for starting a business

As a foreigner, am I entitled to start a business in the Netherlands?

Can I renew a residence permit for entrepreneurs?

A residence permit for entrepreneurs is valid for two years. Renewal is straightforward, provided you meet the initial conditions, and:

  • your business is still active
  • you still earn sufficient income
  • your personal situation did not change
  • you did not apply for unemployment benefits
  • you were not charged with any violation of the law

With this residence permit you are exclusively allowed to work for your own enterprise. If you take up any other form of work/employment, you need to apply for a separate work permit (TWV tewerkstellingsvergunning)

Please check with the IND for more information.