Key Employee Permit

Beginning and innovative companies are important to the Dutch economy and the knowledge economy in particular. To be able to grow these start-ups often already need employees with specific high-valued expertise, experience and skills at an early stage. The residence permits for highly skilled migrant or start-up do not match with the way start-ups bind personnel to their company in this growth phase. With the pilot essential start-up personnel, the Netherlands wants to stimulate the knowledge economy by giving these beginning companies a better opportunity to hire and hold on to the required experts in these early stages of their development.

Please follow the instructions of the IND:…

This is a pilot and lasts 4 years. It starts on June 1, 2021 and ends on June 1, 2025. The scheme for the residence permit will continue for 1 year after the pilot. 

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