Dutch Japanese Friendship treaty

Japanese entrepreneurs

On the basis of Dutch Japanese Friendship treaty there are lenient admission requirements for Japanese nationals who aim to settle in the Netherlands as self employed entrepreneurs. The conditions for granting a residence permit as an entrepreneur for a Japanese national are consistent with the conditions for admission of American entrepreneurs.

For immigration purposes the Dutch Japanese Friendship treaty enables Japanese nationals to obtain a residence permit fairly simple. As a result of the Dutch Japanese Friendship treaty, it is significantly easier for Japanese nationals to get a residence permit as an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs from other countries than Japan need to show by means of a point system that their presence serves a real Dutch Economic interest. In practice this proves for many to be very difficult and brings along a lot of documentation (and therefore extra expenses) for these applicants. Furthermore these application procedures generally tend to take up much time. Unlike entrepreneurs from other countries for Japanese nationals there are just a few conditions for obtaining a residence permit.

The main conditions are:

  • Entry in the commercial register of the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Investment of a substantial capital amounting to € 4,500 in their own company.
  • Opening balance and if it is not present, any statement or forecast, prepared by an approved auditor or an authorized financial adviser.

Even though the Dutch Japanese Friendship treaty has relatively few admission requirements for an approval under the bilateral trade treaty between the Netherlands and Japan experience has shown that for many applicants it is very difficult to meet conditions for a quick and efficient approval, such registration in the municipal registry. Therefore professional legal help during the application is not a superflous luxury.

Over the years our firm has built up extensive experience in obtaining  residence permits under the Dutch Japanese Friendship treaty our Japanese clients. We can honestly say that we have a 100% success ratio in this area. Not only will we handle the entire application procedure for you, we will navigate you through the Dutch (bureaucracy) system to help you fulfill all of the requirements as smoothly and as swiftly as possible. We give our clients access to our firm’s network of reliable tax advisors, accountants, notary’s and other respective professionals.

If you have any questions about what your possibilities for residence under the Dutch Japanese Friendship treaty, please contact us. We are happy to assist you in submitting your application. Call (020 616 14 87) or email us (info@altadvocaten.nl) for more information.

日本語による日蘭通商航海条約の詳細は、YourLegals ジャパンデスクまでお問い合わせください


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