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Highly Skilled workers also allowed to start as entrepreneur

31 March 2017 As of 1 April 2017 highly skilled migrant workers (holding a ‘kennismigrant’ permit), are also allowed to start working as an entrepreneur besides their work as employee. Required is that the foreign worker continues to fulfill the requirements for the highly skilled migrant worker permit.

This option is not allowed (yet) for EU Blue Card Holders.

The Netherlands government aims to attract even more foreign talent with the easening of this regulation. Students and scientific researchers are also allowed to start their own business under this new regulation. 

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