The Netherlands introduced a new work permit on June 2021 that is still unknown to many. The program name is Essential Start-up Personnel and it will be a pilot program. As an employer, if you have an innovative and scalable start-up, and you want to attract international talent you could do it easily now. On the other hand, for the foreign workers, from 1 June 2021, the residence scheme ‘Essential start-up personnel’ gives you the opportunity to more easily work in the Netherlands with specific high-quality expertise. The new work permit will cost up to €345. for a foreign worker.
This new residence scheme is based on employee participation of 1% in the start-up company. With this form of remuneration, the new scheme is in line with the remuneration structures that are common within the start-up ecosystem. The residence scheme is part of a pilot that will run for 4 years from 2021 to 2025. The scheme for the residence permit will continue for 1 year after the pilot.
The main conditions for the residence permit essential start-up personnel are: