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Permits & Immigration
To be able to run a business here, you'll need permits to make sure that you can stay in the Netherlands. EU, EEA and Swiss nationals alle have permits to live and work in the Netherlands under EU law. If you don’t come from an EU or EEA country, or you’re not Swiss, then you will need to apply for a residence permit (MVV) and in some cases a work permit (TWV). To find out what applies to your specific case and to give you the best advice, we invite you to our office.
Permits for working in the Netherlands
Every non-EU citizen who want to works in the Netherlands has to obtain a valid work permit. Either the employee or their prospective employer may request the permit, although it is usually the employer who makes the request.
A work permit is valid only for the employer who makes the request and ceases if/when the employee leaves the job. There is no general permit for The Netherlands.
To check which permits you and your company needs it is easiest to make an appointment. This way we can give you the best advice, help with the forms and put you in contact with the right authorities.
We roll out the ‘orange carpet’
The Hague Business Agency (THBA) works closely together with the NFIA, our national counterpart. Together we can provide you with information about working permits and related issues. And there’s more, from arranging visa’s to Fact Finding Trips (FFT). In a FFT, you get the chance to visit business that already have come over, learn from their experiences and get in touch with possible business partners in and around The Hague. Plus, you’ll get to meet service providers like fiscal advisors or a notary.
Do you need more information on permits?
We offer special permits for start-ups.
We are very keen on innovation and entrepreneurs that strive to cross new borders. So, now is possible ambitious entrepreneurs to apply for a temporary residence permit for The Netherlands. If you consider your business as a start-up and you are from outside of the EU, we might offer you the opportunity to launch an innovative business within a year. Your start-up must be guided by an experienced mentor (facilitator) who is based in The Netherlands. If you are successful and meet the requirements, your stay may be extended.
For more information, read further about the residence permit for foreign start-ups.