Step 1: make an appointment at the Dutch embassy or consulate
Make an appointment with the Dutch embassy or consulate on www.netherlandsworldwide.nl
Step 2: go the Dutch embassy or consulate
Please bring the application form
to the appointment and fill out all information under:
1. Your personal details
2. Details of your representative in the Netherlands (if applicable)
3. Declaration of intent to undergo a TB test
Step 3: gather all necessary documents
Copy of your passport (page with your identity details as well as the pages with travel stamps, do not send copies of empty pages);
The filled in application form, including all applicable appendices;
A step-by-step plan that contains information on:
- your role and tasks in the start-up company (the organisation); You must have an active role. This means that you are not just a shareholder or financier.
The product or service is innovative if it has at least 1 of the following 3 aspects:
- the activities (steps) that you will take in the first year in order to move from idea to business.
- the innovative nature of the product or service; why the product or service is innovative.
1. The product or service is new to the Netherlands.
2. It involves new technology for production, distribution or marketing.
3. It involves an innovative organisational set-up and working method.
Examples include (but are not limited to):
The signed agreement between you and your facilitator. The agreement has been signed by both of you. Your facilitator must be authorised to sign the agreement. The agreement in any case includes information on:
o activities stimulated within the context of the Top Sectors policy.
o self-developed new products or services.
o original approach to energy conservation.
o original approach to sustainability problems.
o clever and creative adjustments or combinations for the purpose of cross-sector applications.
o new product-market combinations.
o creative or innovative market approach.
o social innovation.
o introduction to corporate social responsibility
- the nature of the facilitation. The facilitation must be tailor-made. This means that the facilitator is able to facilitate you to get your idea to a business.
Evidence of means of support
- the conditions of the agreement. These may not adversely affect or prevent a healthy development of your business. It may not concern a ‘unconscionable contract’.
- the facilitator’s interest in the start-up company. The facilitator may not have a majority interest in the start-up company.
If you are (partially) financing the means of support yourself:
- a copy of a Dutch bank account that is in your name or your company’s name, showing the balance that is available; or
- a statement from the foreign bank where you have your account, detailing the amount (monthly) which is paid into the account in the Netherlands in your name or your company’s name;
If your facilitator is (partially) financing the means of support:
- a contract between you and your facilitator, detailing the financial resources that will be provided to you.
If the means of support are being (partially) financed by a third financier:
- an original statement from the bank that shows the amount that will be paid each month to your personal Dutch bank account, during your period in the Netherlands; or
Step 4: send the documents to the IND
- an original statement from the financier, which states the monthly amount that will be paid to your personal Dutch bank account during your period in the Netherlands; and
- a copy of your financier’s passport; and
- a recent bank statement or bank specification which shows your financier’s bank balance.
Sign and send the completed form, the appendices and the requested documents to the IND in the Netherlands by post. Never send any original documents. You must send clearly readable and full copies of the original documents. Do not use any staples or paperclips. Do not send any USB sticks, DC’s, DVD’s and suchlike. Put all the documents in a sufficiently stamped envelope.
All these documents need to be sent BY POST to the IND to the following address:
Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)
P.O. Box 5
TER APEL The Netherlands
Step 5: pay the fees
Please transfer the fee for the application to the bank account of the IND referred to below. Quote the V-number and case number as your payment reference. You will receive these numbers in a letter from the IND.
Please transfer the fee for the application to the bank account of the IND referred to below.
Step 6: pick up your MVV and travel to the Netherlands.
||Min van Justitie en Veiligheid 601/IND Leges Storting Bank
The IND will review your payment and documents. When your application is granted you can make an appointment to collect your MVV (entry visa) from the Dutch embassy / consulate. After that, you can travel to the Netherlands. The IND aims to have your residence permit ready within a few weeks following your arrival in the Netherlands. you can make an appointment at the IND office or expat center of your choice to collect your residence permit.