Netherlands Residency By Investment 2019

Looking to obtain Dutch residency by investment in 2019? Established in early 2017, the Netherlands Visa Residence By investment Programme, also referred to as the Dutch Golden Visa Programme, offers non-EU investors the ability to establish a foothold in Holland.

As is the case with most EU Investment Residency Programmes, the key criteria is that foreign investors must bring value and/or added value benefits to the economy of the Netherlands. The programme is clear in its targeting of High Net Worth and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, and the eligibility criteria are typically quite stringent

The Netherlands is a geographically small but influential EU member country, boasting some of the highest living, healthcare and education standards in Europe.

A Dutch Citizenship By Investment programme?

Alas not; there is no programme for obtaining direct Dutch citizenship by investment, and this doesn’t appear as if it will change any time soon. Dutch residency can, however, be obtained through naturalisation after permanent residency has been maintained for a period of at least 5 years. It is expected that the minimum investment into a Dutch business be maintained throughout.

During this period, the immigrant investor can live and work without in the Netherlands without any time limitations, and travel within the EU, visa-free, for a period of up to 90 days at a time,

While the Dutch Investment Residency Programme is neither the most affordable nor the most straightforward of its kind in Europe, it has nonetheless proven to be very popular among Russian, Arab and Chinese investor.

Among other benefits, the Dutch Investor Visa programme offers visa-free movement across 26 Schengen states, no minimum stay requirements, dual citizenship rights, the right to work in Holland as well as a clear road to citizenship after having maintained residency in the Netherlands for a period of 5 running years. You can also find out about the Netherlands’ investment incentives and tax breaks here and here.

Dutch Golden Visa Investment Requirements

As of June 2019, the investment requirement for obtaining Dutch residency by investment is €1,250,000. This capital investment is to be invested into a Dutch company or commercial enterprise.

The qualifying investment can be made either directly into a Dutch company, or by means of investing into a Dutch seed fund (a government approved contractual partnership or participation fund that invests in Dutch companies).

The investment must be proven to be valuable to the Dutch economy, and must directly lead to the creation of at least 10 full time employment positions over the course of a 5-year period. Your investment’s performance in this regard will be appraised by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) using a points system.

Added value will be appraised based on your investment meeting 2 out of 3 of the following criteria:

  • 10 jobs created over 5 years

  • Tangible improvement in the innovativeness of the Dutch company you’ve invested in by virtue of a new patent being registered during the investment period. The latter has to be directly relevant to a top, strategically relevant sector as identified by the Dutch government.

  • There is another category of non-financial added value that may be recognised towards qualifying the investor for Dutch residency. This could include specific expert knowledge, networks of strategic influence as well as active investment management involvement by an investor with specialised skills, however such merits are similarly appraised by the Dutch Enterprise Agency.

Due diligence checks are stringent, and the prospective residency investor will need to be able to prove that the funds have been sourced legitimately. To this end, extensive enhanced due diligence (EDD), Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorism Financing (CFT) checks are conducted.

In addition, applicants are expected to pass a rigorous medical examination, and are expected to buy medical insurance form a Dutch health insurance company.

And unlike with a host of other EU Golden Visa Programmes, property investments are not considered to be a qualifying investment. 

Why choose the Netherlands for EU investment residency?

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT: Dutch residency allows the bearer to travel to 26 EU member countries, visa free, at a moment’s notice, making this a key benefit for business professionals seeking EU residency rights.

EXCELLENT PLAN B: For immigrant investors from jurisdictions such as Russia, Lebanon, South Africa, Zimbabwe, the Middle East and the Ukraine, a second residency in the Netherlands constitutes the ultimate Plan B and hedge against risk in their home countries.

WORLD CLASS EDUCATION: Enrol your children in some of the world’s top higher and tertiary learning institutions – without having to pay a premium on fees as a foreigner

STRATEGIC LOCATION: In terms of Western European market access, the Netherlands’ location is unbeatable. The country is fast becoming a core base for technology companies, with most of the EU’s key business destinations being situated within 2 hours or less by air.

PASSPORT POWER: The Dutch passport is one of the world’s most valuable travel documents. It is  ranked as the forth most powerful passport in world ,offering visa-free travel to 173 countries including the USA and UK, and the right to settle in all 28 EU member states.

APPEALING TAXATION: For larger corporations, tax matters matter. The Dutch taxation system offers some compelling benefits, especially for businesses looking to scale their footprint in Europe. 

HEALTHCARE BENEFITS: Enjoy medical treatment, maternity benefits, unemployment benefits as well as health benefits free of charge; a Dutch permanent residency visa opens the door to a world of benefits.

A FAST, SIMPLE APPLICATION PROCESS: Depending on your situation, the Dutch second residency application can be completed in a matter of months.

Contact us now for a free consultation, and get your application process started today to avoid having to wait until 2020 or even later to secure your family’s foothold in Europe.