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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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 Franssen Advocaten that expressly says that she is allowed to work in self-employment. She currently holds a residence permit for the purpose of stay with her husband, who in turn possesses a residence permit for the purpose of being an entrepreneur in the Netherlands. Until now, the IND had issued the partners and spouses of such entrepreneurs (including entrepreneurs on the basis of the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty) residence permits that said “Work only permitted if…

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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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