Netherlands Startup visa

Cost of Living
Talent Migration


If you wish to work in the Netherlands as a start-up entrepreneur, you need a residence permit for this.

The startup visa is a residence permit which is valid for a maximum of one year. In this year, you'll be expected to produce or introduce an innovative new product or service under the guidance of an experienced facilitator.

Application process:

1. Submit application and payment

2. Get receipt and check application

3. Decision

4. Collect MVV (provisional residence permit)

5. Travel to the Netherlands

NOTE: If you are from San Marino or Israel, based on the Benelux Treaty you do not pay for the application.

Also, for the application form and information on how to apply, please contact the Dutch representation.



12 months



72 Month(s)





P. Residency

67 Month(s)


Processing time

12-13 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Netherlands Startup visa?

9 Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have a valid passport or another travel document. A child may be included in the passport of one of the parents.
  • You have not previously been in the Netherlands illegally.
  • You must be willing sign an antecedents certificate providing information on your clean criminal record.
  • After having arrived in the Netherlands, you must be willing to undergo a medical test for tuberculosis.
  • You must collaborate with a reliable and experienced facilitator.
  • The product or the service you planning to provide should be innovative.
  • You, as the start-up entrepreneur must have a step-by-step plan in order to move from idea to business.
  • The start-up entrepreneur and the facilitator should both be registered in the Trade register of the Chamber of Commerce.
  • You must have sufficient funds to be able to reside in the Netherlands.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Netherlands Startup visa?

7 Document Required

  • A copy of the passport with your identity details. Make copies of all the pages with travel stamps as well.
  • A declaration of clean criminal record.
  • A declaration of you have not been previously in Netherlands Illegally.
  • A business plan with innovative idea benefiting the economy of Netherlands.
  • The signed agreement between you and the facilitator.
  • You must have his fingerprints and facial image (passport photo) taken to determine his identity.
  • You or facilitator can apply online on business portal. Please refer the link.

Talent Migration data for Netherlands

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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