In 1956, the Netherlands and the United States of America signed the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation, which became known as the “Dutch-American Friendship Treaty”. Article II of the Treaty provides that: 1. Nationals of either Party shall be permitted to enter the territories of the other Party and to remain therein: a) for the purpose of carrying on trade between the territories of the two Parties and engaging in related commercial activities; b) for the purpose of developing and directing the operations of an enterprise in which they have invested, or in which they are active in the…

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[This news item is out of date: it reflects something that was in fact a victory of attorney Jeremy Bierbach at the time, i.e. getting the courts to order the IND to allow partners of entrepreneurs to work in self-employment, when previously their residence permit implied that they could not work at all. But since 1/1/2020, the IND has a new policy that partners of entrepreneurs are completely free to work, including in salaried employment.] The district court has handed down a decision ordering the IND to issue a new residence permit card to a client of Jeremy Bierbach at…

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You have received a letter from the IND informing you that your application has been rejected, and that you have 28 days (or less) to leave the Netherlands. Don’t panic! It might have been a simple mistake that can be cleared up if you file an administrative objection, or a matter of unjust treatment by the IND that the courts can resolve. Contact Jeremy Bierbach at Franssen Advocaten to start an appeals procedure as soon as possible and have the effect of the IND’s negative decision suspended so that you don’t have to worry about being deported. If you can, please…

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