Non-EU Students Allowed to form Start-Ups During Studies

Non-EU Students Allowed to form Start-Ups During StudiesNon-EU students and researchers in the Netherlands are now officially allowed to form their own start-ups while studying.

This is good news for all students doing a broad business degree at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences who wish to start their own companies – especially its Amsterdam students doing an IBA (Bachelor) in Entrepreneurship & Small Business

The decision, which is valid from 1 April 2017, was published in the Government Gazette on 4 April.

“The cabinet wants to give students from outside EU the opportunity to start their own companies alongside their studies in order to stimulate the formation of innovative start-ups. However, studying should still be their main priority and the basis for granting a study permit. Hence, activities relating to self-employment should not be in lieu of study progress. The IND will be monitoring this,” the gazetted notice warns.

Currently, non-EU students can only work for a maximum of ten hours a week or, instead, work full-time during the summer months of June, July and August. The latest changes allows them to form a start-up alongside the permitted working hours.

Residence permits issued after 1 April 2017 will reflect the change in regulations. Those students whose permit was issued before 1 April will have the right to transitional arrangements, which means they are also allowed to work as entrepreneurs.

WUP 6/5/2017

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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