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5 April 2017

New employment statuses 1 April 2017

As of 1 April, students, highly skilled migrants, scientific researchers, and EU Blue card holders are given more room to start their own business. For this work possibility, employment statuses will change as of this date. And due to a transitional arrangement, no new residence document or work permit will have to be applied for in order to qualify for these new rights to work as a self-employed person.

This measure allows highly skilled migrants and students to start their own business alongside their job or study.  And scientific researchers staying in the Netherlands under Directive 2005/71 will have free access to the labor market as of 1 April. This means that they, too, are allowed to start their own business or enter into employment alongside their work as a scientific researcher. In this way, the Netherlands hopes to attract and keep even more talent from outside the EU.

Students, highly skilled migrants, scientific researchers, and EU Blue card holders must, however, continue to meet the conditions of their residence permit; their main activity should not change. For example, a student's business activities should not negatively affect his or her study progress.

For more information, see this link.