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Residence scheme for foreign staff of start-ups

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 1 January 2021

What changes?

A residence arrangement will be introduced making it easier for young innovative companies (start-ups) to hire essential foreign personnel. The new regulation allows them to apply for a residence permit for highly skilled migrants more quickly.

Start-ups are often unable to pay the salary required for the residence permit procedure for highly skilled migrants. The residence scheme for startups will change that. As a start-up you must pay your foreign employee a salary combined with a share in the company. The salary criterion will be lowered for this group.

For whom?

  • start-ups


The Residence scheme for personnel of start-ups is expected to come into force on 1 January 2021.

Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the upper and lower houses of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in the Staatsblad or the StaatscourantExternal link (in Dutch).

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