Coming to the Netherlands as an Entrepreneur
If you want to move to the Netherlands as an entrepreneur or self-employed person, there are several steps you should take. Depending on your nationality and how long you stay, you may need a visa or residence permit. Find out which steps apply to your situation.
Before you begin
Situation in Ukraine
Due to the current war situation in Ukraine, conditions for staying in the Netherlands might temporarily differ for Ukrainian citizens and Ukrainian residents with other nationalities. Please check this page of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) to get the latest information.
Please note that the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) will soon provide more information on the EU-wide protection scheme for Ukrainian refugees. The IND will currently not decide on asylum applications from Ukrainians.
Corona travel measures
Visit Government.nl for information on corona travel and quarantine measures in the Netherlands.
Visit Government.nl to take the checklist for arranging your non-business matters (such as education, money matters, etc.).
Please make a selection so we can match the information with your specific situation
Short Stay Visa
If you wish to stay in the Netherlands for a maximum of 180 days for business purposes, you may need a visa. This depends on your nationality.
If you have questions concerning your short-stay visa due to the corona crisis, check the IND Frequent Asked Question page.
Provisional residence permit (mvv)
A provisional residence permit (machtiging tot voorlopig verblijf, mvv) is a sticker that the Dutch representation places in your passport. Depending on your nationality, you need the mvv to travel to the Netherlands for a stay longer than 90 days. In order to get an mvv, you have to meet the requirements for a residence permit.
A residence permit is a document you need if you wish to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days, depending on your country of origin. To stay in the Netherlands and work in your own company you will need to prove that you serve an essential interest to the Dutch economy. There are general and specific conditions.
Work permit (twv)
Foreign employees normally require a work permit in the Netherlands (tewerkstellingsvergunning, TWV). If you will stay in the Netherlands as an entrepreneur, self-employed professional or for a start-up, the work permit is often part of your residence permit. This depends on your how long you stay.
Registration at the Chamber of Commerce (KVK)
The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KVK) is a public-service provider that helps business owners run their businesses successfully. The main task of the Chamber of Commerce is managing the Dutch Business Register (Handelsregister).
Citizen service number (BSN)
The citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN) is a unique personal number allocated to everyone registered in the Personal Records Database (basisregistratie personen, BRP). Everyone who registers with the BRP is automatically given a BSN.
The government uses your BSN to process your personal data. You can use your BSN for any government service in the Netherlands. Your BSN also allows you to identify yourself if you need care. Recognised care providers like general practice doctors and health insurance companies have to use the BSN.
When you move to the Netherlands, you will also need to arrange non-business matters, for instance medical care and education. To find out quickly what to do and how, Government.nl has devised a checklist.