The Dutch-American Friendship Treaty Visa

American citizens are eligible for a residence permit for self-employment in the Netherlands. At DAFT.Amsterdam you can find out more about the requirements, how to apply, and how to get help with your application.

Read about the history and background of the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty visa

Applying for the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty Visa

Dutch immigration law allows US citizens to enter the Netherlands as tourists without a visa and file an application for a long-term visa, called a “residence permit”, from the Netherlands. However, it can be worth your while to first lay the groundwork before you move here, starting with a consult (by phone or video call) with attorney Jeremy Bierbach. He will help you prepare the steps of:

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Writing a one-page business plan

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Finding out if you qualify for certain tax breaks when moving to the Netherlands

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Having your birth certificate legalized (apostilled) by your state of birth

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Registering your residential address at the city hall of the town where you live in the Netherlands

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Registering your business either as a sole proprietorship (d/b/a) or a small private corporation (BV)

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Opening a business bank account

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Meeting with a financial advisor who will draft the opening financial report for your business

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Filing your immigration application

Frequently asked questions

Can I use the €4500 investment on business expenses?

Can I apply for jobs with this residence permit?

Will it be a problem that I don’t have much entrepreneurial experience?

Get in touch

Schedule a consultation with Jeremy Bierbach at Franssen Advocaten for expert assitance in preparing and filing your Dutch-American Friendship Treaty (DAFT) visa application. He can help with every step of the process including responding to correspondence from the IND.

Email: bierbach@franssenadvocaten.nl
Phone: +31 (0) 20 66 319 66

About Jeremy Bierbach

Jeremy Bierbach, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, completed his law degrees in Amsterdam and has been working as an attorney focusing on immigration and European migration law at Franssen Advocaten since 2014.

Jeremy Bierbach best visa lawyer amsterdam

About Jeremy Bierbach

Jeremy Bierbach, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, completed his law degrees in Amsterdam and has been working as an attorney focusing on immigration and European migration law at Franssen Advocaten since 2014.

Read about the history and background of the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty visa

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