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The Dutch government, in the belief that their presence encourages the Dutch economy, aspires to offer foreign nationals who have considerable assets and are willing to invest in Dutch companies the possibility to reside in the Netherlands. If you have a capital of at least € 1,250,000 and you wish to invest this amount in the Dutch economy, you may apply for a regular temporary residence permit as a foreign investor. The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency can help you find your way.
The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) judges your residence permit application, for which there are several conditions:
- You hold a valid passport.
- You do not pose a danger to public order or national security.
- You are obliged to take out a health insurance policy.
- You must undergo a tuberculosis (TB) test in the Netherlands. You must have undergone this test within 3 months following the issue of the residence permit. If necessary, you must undergo treatment for TB. Some nationalities do not have to undergo a TB test.
In addition to the general conditions, the following specific conditions apply:
- You invest a minimum amount of €1,250,000 in a company that is based in the Netherlands. Investing in real estate for private occupation is excluded.
- You deposit the amount to be invested into a bank account of a Dutch bank or a bank of an EU Member State with a branch in the Netherlands. This branch is supervised by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). Banks subject to supervision make use of the single European licence.
- Your investment has an added value for the Dutch economy. This will be assessed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The Netherlands Enterprise Agency uses a points system. The added value is there if the investment meets 2 of the following 3 criteria:
- Within 5 years at least 10 jobs will be created.
- A contribution is made to increasing the innovativeness of the Dutch company; this may be proven through, among other things, the introduction of a patent, investing in both technological and non-technological innovation or investing in a company that belongs to a top sector.
- There is another, non-financial added value, such as specific knowledge, networks, clients and active involvement of the investor.
- The capital which is invested has not been gained through illegitimate means. The IND can ask information about this from the Netherlands Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU-Netherlands). You give permission to investigate the origin of your capital abroad.
- You have not given incorrect information or withheld relevant information in a previous application for a residence permit.
- You have not previously been in the Netherlands illegally.
As a foreign investor you must gather the means of evidence before submitting your application. You can find the means of evidence in the application form.