Foreign nationals, wishing to stay in the Netherlands for more than 3 months, must apply for a residence permit for a specific reason of stay.
Partners, spouses and children younger than 18 years old may apply for a residence permit under the family reunification procedure.
Nationals (and their immediate family members) of the member states of the European Union, Switzerland and Norway may reside in the Netherlands without a residence permit.
Self-employent and start ups
Foreign nationals, wishing to work independently in the Netherlands, will receive a residence permit provided that their business is of an added value and interest to the Dutch knowledge economy.
American and Japanese nationals may obtain a residence permit by establishing a company in the Netherlands without having to demonstrate that their business serves a Dutch interest and has an added value to the Dutch economy.
Graduated students may remain in the Netherlands for an orientation year for the purpose of finding a job as a highly skilled migrant.
Working holiday scheme
Students from specific countries, younger than 30 years of age, may apply for a one year residence permit allowing them to work in the Netherlands and to become familiar with the Dutch culture.
A foreign national may apply for a permanent residence permit after having resided in the Netherlands for five consecutive years.
Hélène Jonker writes a bi-weekly immigration law column in a local newspaper. These columns are also featured below.