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Obtaining residency in the Netherlands is possible, and several immigration programs are available, but based on the information that we typically receive on the leads/entrepreneur's situation, we believe it will be very hard to obtain residency as an entrepreneur.

In general it’s considered difficult to obtain an entrepreneurs via in the Netherlands unless you're planning to appoint at least 3 staff members in the first 18 months, and expect a healthy profit. The start-up visa process, and Entrepreneurs Visa process are very similar, aside from the 'innovative' aspect, it's sin both casesl about the potential to scale a business.

The first step to obtain the Self Employed Entrepreneurs Visa is to prepare a business plan.


The point system

To become eligible for the Self-employed Entrepreneurs Visa, the Dutch government makes use of a so-called point system, which consists of 3 separate parts. 1. Personal experience (education, entrepreneurship, work experience) 2. Business plan (market analysis, product/service, price, organization, financing). 3. Added value for the Netherlands (innovation, employment creation, investments).

These 3 parts consist of a total of 300 points. To qualify for the Entrepreneurs Visa, you will need at least a total of 90 points with a minimum of 30 points per section.

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1. Education

The first section requires you to confirm and provide evidence for Education:

• PhD 35 points

• Master (MSc, MBA, MA) 30 points

• Bachelor 20 points

• Intermediate Vocational Education 10 points

2. Entrepreneurial Experience

High scores for this aspect could compensate low scores for other criteria. Evidence has to be solid and beyond all doubt. Active involvement: not limited to shareholding or financing.

0-35 points

You might lose points when:

  • Your experience is not relevant for the enterprise

  • You have marginal involvement in the enterprise

  • You have less than 1 year experience

You can maximize points when:

  • You are the active founder/owner enterprise

  • You are member of the board of directors

  • You have more than 10 employees

  • You have more than 5 years of experience

3. Work experience max. 10 points


1 to 2 years 1 points
2 to 5 years 5 points
Over 5 years 10 points€

Senior level

1 to 2 years 1 points
2 to 5 years 5 points
Over 5 years 10 points


1 to 2 years 1 points
2 to 5 years 5 points
Over 5 years 10 points

4. Income  max. 10 points

Gross income 12 months prior to application:

up to 12.000 0 points
12.000 to 25.000 5 points
€ 25.000 to 45.000 7 points
Over 45.000 10 points

5. Experience with the Netherlands max. 10 points

Dutch trade partners or customers 0-4 points
Knowledge of Dutch language NT2 level 4 (or higher) 0-2 points
Education or PhD at Dutch University. Work experience as knowledge worker 0 -4 points



The first section requires you to confirm and provide evidence for:

1. Potential market max. 25 points

• Products/service (Features, applications, demand for, unique selling points )  0-10 points

• Market analysis( Market survey, potential customers, competition, market barriers, risks, marketing/promotion)  0-10 points

• Price ( Clear pricing based on integral cost calculation ) 0-5 points

2. Organization max. 25 points

• Analysis of relevance of proposed structure, competences, knowledge 0-10 points
• Possible extra points for cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary organisation 0-15 points

3. Financing max. 50 points

Solvency ratio (equity/balance total) :

• Balance total:  < 5.000

• Balance total:  € 5.000 -25.000

0- 5 points

• Balance total € 25.000 - 50.000

0 -13 Points

• Balance total € > 50.000

0-16 points


less than 35.000 0 points
35.000 to€100.000  5 points
100.000 to€250.000 10 points
250.000 to 500.000 15 points
over 500.000 20 points

Liquidity forecast (positive expectation in)

the first year  5 points
In the first 2 years  8 points
the first 3 years 10 points

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This first section requires you to confirm and provide evidence for:

1. Creation of labor max. 40 points

• Number of FTE 0-10 points
0,5 to 2 FTE  10 points
2 to 5 FTE  20 points
5 to 10 FTE  30 points
over 10 FTE  40 points

• High level FTE (>45.000 annual salary)
1 to 3 FTE  20 points
3 to 6 FTE  30 points
over 6 FTE  40 points

2. Investments max. 40 points

Fixed and intangible assets

€ 0 to 5.000 0 points
5.000 to 50.000 10 points
50.000 to 100.000 20 points
100.000 to 500.000 30 points
500.000 40 points

Please, note that the requirements in section 3 need to be fulfilled within the first 1.5 years after the incorporation of the company.

The application for the Entrepreneurs Visa can be started after the first year of company’s work, since some of the sections need to be confirmed by documents as well as by the business plan, annual report and balance sheet of the company.

Realistically speaking, during the second year, the application can be submitted to the Immigration Office in case the requirements have been fulfilled. The authority will ask you to confirm every section with the use of relevant documents. You should expect the application process to take another 6 months. After which the Immigration Office will inform you about the decision they’ve made or will follow you up with additional requirements.

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  • What is House of Companies?
    House of Companies is in first instance a new concept in offering flexible office solutions and registered office addresses, covering more than 4.000 locations. Aside from full service office facilities (from dealing with your mail, to answering the phone) , we offer a ‘branch out membership’ which provides you the tools to start a new business, or keep your business running, at the lowest costs possible. House of Companies is located at an amazing mansion, on a 50.000m2 estate in the Netherlands offering room for hundreds of companies. But we also offer +4.000 locations in cooperation with partners.
  • Can anybody use the services of House of Companies?
    Yes, basically anybody can use the services of the House of Companies. Even if you are not an entrepreneur yet! Our services are very low-key which allows companies of any sizes to expand overseas. We do have a strict onboarding process in place, and don’t deal with companies focused on tax avoidance, or who have operations in sanctioned countries, as well as certain sensitive industries.
  • Is using a registered office address legal?
    Yes, 100% legal! Our team has over 10 years experience in providing registered office services, and our locations meet the standards of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. Our locations provide a full time reception, and our locations are always able to provide you a working space when need be.
  • Do I pay taxes when I use a virtual office in the Netherlands?
    A ‘virtual office’ typically does not pay taxes (yet). This is not due to a special tax status, but simply because a virtual office has no actual operations (or substance) yet (or has not started to make a profit, doing sales, or employing staff). In fact, a ‘virtual office’ is typically considered a ‘representative office’ and is not required to be registered at the Chamber of Commerce. Such requirements might change, once you perform any actual services from the Netherlands, or goods are stored and processed here. In case of doubt, it might be necessary to discuss your situation with a lawyer or accountant, but much information on this topic is available in our Dashboard.
  • Does a Dutch company require a local address?
    In many cases a local company registration requires a local business address. Especially in (Western) European countries this is very common. There are some exceptions, especially in case of a branch registration (or a representative office). A registered office address is required to receive official government letters, and in come cases also to open a local corporate bank account.
  • Can my Dutch business open a bank account?
    Yes, a business dealing on the Dutch market can also open a corporate bank account. However, this is becoming more challenging. House of Companies can inform you about European banks that can open bank accounts for any kind of European entity, without a visit to the bank required.
  • When is a registered office address convenient for me?
    A registered office address is convenient for any kind of business, that is planning to expand to a new market, and is taking it step by step. A registered office address (or virtual office) allows you to explore a new market, while limiting your expenses. It’s not about being ‘virtual’, but it’s about avoiding as much bureaucracy and legal expenses as you can, while your business is not yet at its full capacity. Our tools allow you to get an understanding of the legal framework of a country, so you are able to make the decisions for yourself, rather than having to rely on an accountant or lawyer.
  • Can I really submit my corporate tax return myself, without any charges?"
    Yes, anybody can submit their corporate tax return themselves, without any help from an accountant. Our Dashboard provides you the detailed information, step by step, on how to login to your online Tax Portal, and to file your tax return. Obviously, the more complicated your company activities (and transactions) the more complex your tax return will look like. But if you have almost no operations, then you can save thousands of euros in accounting fees, without requiring any accounting skills! Once your company grows, we offer more detailed information, so you can learn along the way. Or you can decide to involve an accountant at that stage.

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