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Conditions for foreign investors

This information is provided by Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service

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. There are some conditions:

General conditions

Specific conditions

  • You invest an amount of at least € 1,250,000 in a company located in the Netherlands.
  • You deposit the amount above into a bank account with a Dutch bank or a bank of an EU Member State with a branch in the Netherlands that is under the supervision of De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). Banks under supervision of DNB make use of a European PassportExternal link.
  • Your investment adds value to the Dutch economy. Netherlands Enterprise Agency, a division of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, assesses this added value. Netherlands Enterprise Agency makes use of a points based system. For example, it is possible to receive points for investing in Dutch growth industriesExternal link, amongst other things.
  • You submit a statement from a Dutch accounting firm (registered with NBAExternal link, the Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants), with a branch in the foreign national's country of origin or country of continuous residence) about the identity of the foreign national, the origin and size of his capital and the possibility of investing it (the investment may not be a loan or guarantee or consist of buying shares, unless the shares are issued by the company itself in exchange for the risk-bearing financial contribution), which statement shows that the capital to be invested does not appear to be of a fraudulent origin, or shows the origin of the capital to be non-fraudulent.
  • The amount to be invested has not been gained through illegitimate means. The IND will seek information about this from the Dutch Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU-NetherlandsExternal link). You authorise the IND to investigate the origin of your capital.
  • You have not previously stayed in the Netherlands illegally.
  • You have not given false information or withheld important information to support any previous applications.


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 formExternal link.

More information

Investing in the NetherlandsExternal link

Any further questions?

Please contact the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service

+31 (0)88 043 0430

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