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New employment statuses allow for more room for entrepreneurship

​Students, highly skilled migrants and scientific researchers are given more room as entrepreneurs.

As from 1 April, students, highly skilled migrants and scientific researchers are given more room to start their own business. For the employment statuses will change as from this date. And due to a transitional arrangement, no new residence document will have to be applied for in order to qualify for these new rights. 

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 labour market as from 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. This way, the Netherlands wants to attract even more talent from outside the EU.

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

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