Step 1. Are you eligible to legally set up a business in the Netherlands?
The first step in the process is to determine if you can legally start a business in the Netherlands.
Are you an EU/EEA national or Swiss citizen?
EU/EEA and Swiss citizens are free to start a Dutch company and work and live here without any extra requirements. The only thing EU citizens have to do is registering themselves at the corresponding City Council.
However, it’s a good idea to consider registering with the IND (the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service. You’re not legally required to do so but it’s advisable because you may need certain legal documentation for organizations such as insurance companies.
Are you a non-EU/EEA national or Swiss citizen?
As an owner of a multinational company, it’s relatively easy to obtain a multi-entry Schengen Visa. This will allow you to travel and reside in the Netherlands for up to 90 days per trip. If you’re not an EU/EEA national or Swiss citizen there are immigration regulations that you need to consider if you’re planning to stay for a long-term in the Netherlands.
If you want to become a resident in the Netherlands you can consider the Entrepreneurs or the Startup Visa.