Unrestricted access to the Dutch labor market family members of entrepreneurs
The Dutch government has announced that somewhere early 2020 it will grant family members of foreign entrepreneurs, who are residing here on a business (self-employed) permit, unrestricted access to the Dutch labor market.
Why is this interesting?
According to the current regulation, family members of a foreign entrepreneur need a work permit (TWV) or a combined residence and employment permit (GVVA) if they wish to work in employment. In practice getting this work permit is extremely difficult if not impossible. The government fears that for this reason, many foreign entrepreneurs decide not to continue their business in the Netherlands.
In order to make it more attractive for foreign entrepreneurs to live here in the Netherlands, the Dutch government has decided to waive the abovementioned requirement. From 2020, family members of foreign self-employed entrepreneurs will therefore have unrestricted access to the labor market. They no longer need to be in possession of a work permit (TWV) or GVVA in order to be able to work here in the Netherlands.
This exemption applies to the core family members of the entrepreneur, the wife and dependent children younger than 24 years old. These are the family members that my join the entrepreneur on a residence permit.