Dutch American Friendship Treaty (DAFT)

The Dutch American Friendship Treaty aims to promote the economies of both the United States of America and the Netherlands and to stimulate trade and business on a bi-lateral basis.  Via the DAFT, self-employed American citizens can make use of a rather favorable ruling to work and reside in the Netherlands. The DAFT applies to Americans seeking to open a qualifying business in the Netherlands and have primary residency in the Netherlands.

Requirements of DAFT include that the company must be registered with the Dutch chamber of commerce and there must be a minimal capital investment of 4,500 euros in a Dutch business bank account for the entire duration of the DAFT permit.  DAFT permits are issued on a two-year renewable basis.

There is no requirement to learn the Dutch language or pass a civic integration exam, although the language test will be required should you decide to apply for permanent residency after five years of uninterrupted stay in the Netherlands.   Your spouse and children are permitted to join you in the Netherlands.

We can assist American citizens seeking to establish a obtaining a DAFT residency permit; from registering a qualifying company in the Netherlands, opening a bank account, to ultimately preparing a successful DAFT application.

For more information please contact our USA Desk usadesk@devreede-law.nl.

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