Temporary Residence Permit for Foreign Investors
The Netherlands is considered a highly sought after location for foreign investors to seek a permanent residency permit in due to its European membership status and high standard of living, stable economic infrastructure, excellent health care and educational systems and political stability.
The Netherlands investment visa program is aimed at individuals of high net worth status, business proprietors and foreign investors, provided each applicant adds value to the Netherland’s economy. In order to apply for a regular temporary residence permit as a foreign investor the applicant must have of at least € 1,250,000 for direct investment in either a Dutch Company or a Fund.
The Netherlands operates a point’s based system similar to that of Denmark. This system was introduced in 2008 and is administered by the Netherlands Immigration Service. In general, the points based visa scheme is where each applicant is awarded certain points based on their personal experience, business plan and the value they will add to the Netherlands. For example, where your business plan will lead to the creation of 2-5 new job opportunities, you will receive 10 points. If you have a Masters degree, you will automatically receive 30 points, and where your business plan involves a patent, you will gain an extra 20 points.
The residence permit for stay as a foreign investor will initially be issued for a maximum period of 3 years. It is possible to extend your stay.
An applicant may be eligible for a higher points score where they invest their money into a struggling Netherlands business or into an area which suffers from high unemployment levels. Certain aspects of this program must be considered prior to application:
If you are a USA or Japan national then you are applicable under a different set of conditions. You do not need to prove that your residency is solely in the Dutch interest, in which case the traditional points system does not apply.
Conditions for US investors are as follows: