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New regulations for self-employed non-EU professionals

Work in Holland 9 August 2013, 10:11

The Ministry of Economic Affairs is easing regulations for non-EU entrepreneurs wishing to start a business in The Netherlands. As of August 1st, 2013, self-employed innovators will be able to establish themselves using different conditions than previously.

Amsterdam, The NetherlandsThe Ministry of Economic Affairs is easing regulations for non-EU entrepreneurs wishing to start a business in The Netherlands. As of August 1st, 2013, self-employed innovators will be able to establish themselves using different conditions than previously.

Criteria and new conditions

Non-EU persons wishing to live, study, or work in The Netherlands must apply through the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service. Entrepreneurs and knowledge workers must file an additional application in order to be allowed to work in Holland. This additional request is assessed based on certain criteria, including education, business experience, innovation, and financing. A points system is in place to calculate how much the business will contribute to the Dutch economy.

Innovation is also taken into account in the points system. Scores can be increased in the non-EU professional can demonstrate how they can contribute to innovation in The Netherlands. One of the changes in the regulations will allow these knowledge migrants to invest a minimum amount of €5000 into their business, as opposed to the previous €25000 previously required.

Opportunities for creative, medical, and ICT sectors

The creative, medical, and ICT sectors are attracting a growing number of self-employed professionals which the new regulations are only further encouraging. Businesses in these sectors are constantly looking for independent knowledge workers that have creative ideas and can produce innovative solutions.

New ideas often create new employment opportunities and an increase in knowledge migrants will continue to expand these possibilities.

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