Once established in the European Union (EU) as a foreign entrepreneur, does the EU single market, with its free movement of labor, work for you, too? Of course, EU citizens are free to live and work in any EU Member State. However, non-EU citizens often require a residence and work permit to be allowed to work in the EU legally. Most residence permits are valid in one EU Member State only. In this article, I will discuss the permits required by entrepreneurs and their employees to stay and work in the EU.
Under what conditions will non-European employees be admitted to an EU-Member State, such as the Netherlands? How long can they stay?
Do you need permits or licenses in order to conduct business activities legally or to start building?
Is it allowed to establish business premises at a certain location or is it just a residential area? What is the permissible height of a building and are there any more conditions regarding construction or use?
Can anyone just incorporate a company in the Netherlands? Or are there specific requirements?
Which migrant workers need a residence permit? Can your employees from abroad apply for a permanent residence permit?
Do employers of migrant workers need a work permit? Is there a difference between employing nationals of the European Union (EU) and non-EU nationals?
The IND has introduced a streamlined process to grant residence permits to highly skilled migrants. Whether or not a highly skilled migrant is granted a residence permit depends on income levels and agreements between the IND and the employers.
To be able to start your business in the Netherlands, in many cases you will need specific licenses and permits. Which permits and/or licenses do you need?