Self-employed knowledge migrants in Amsterdam

The Dutch government announced the new changes in a press statement on 1 August. The key revision is that upon applying to the Immigration and Naturalisation Service, the knowledge workers have to file an additional request to be allowed to establish a business in the Netherlands. A points system is used to determine whether they will make a significant economic contribution. This assessment is based on criteria including education, business experience, financing and innovation.

Strengthening the creative, medical and ICT sectors

The new self-employment regulation is more in line with the needs of the creative, medical and ICT sectors, which attract a growing number of innovative self-employed migrants. Businesses are looking for independent knowledge workers with creative, original ideas and new solutions. This way, attracting more international knowledge workers will also contribute to an increase in employment within these sectors.

Another policy change is that the minimum business investment required by knowledge migrants will be lowered from €25,000 to €5,000. They can also increase their assessment score if they can demonstrate how they are going to contribute to innovation while working in the Netherlands.