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The Dutch-(US)American Friendship Treaty
(DAFT)- Visa

The DAFT visa is a work and residence permit for US-American immigrants to the Netherlands, which is tied to a self-owned business in the Netherlands. It is a more accessible version of the regular Dutch Self Employed visa. The latter visa works with a more elaborate “point system” to evaluate whether the entrepreneur (and their new business) are of enough “added value” to the Dutch economy. The DAFT visa does not have this requirement, because of the special friendship relationship between the United States and the Netherlands.

For US-American immigrants to the Netherlands with an entrepreneurial spirit, the DAFT visa is a very attractive option to quickly and easily acquire a work and residence permit for the Netherlands. Entrepreneurs 18 years and older are accepted under this visa: self-employed freelancers are just as eligible as big business owners setting up a Dutch branch of their thriving US-American business. There are no requirements as to the type of business, the type of customers of your business, or their origin. In this article we will explain the process in a few steps, and add some useful tips in the process.

Detailed, step-by-step guidance in applying for any resident permit:

Once the application is ready for submission, we will double-check the documents before printing, compiling and posting the application via registered post.

We will also arrange all necessary appointments with the IND on your behalf and keep you updated on the status of your application. We also accompany you to the IND appointment. We will pick you up by car and you will drive to the IND appointment together with the Xpats-Service Relocation Agent.

DAFT-Visa Relocation Package

(incl. up to 2 Adults & 2 Kids) excl. Tax

Price: €7900 
(+bureaucracy costs which could be incurred)

We assist You with the following:

  • DAFT Visa application

  • USA Apostille

  • HomeSearch

  • Obtaining Your BSN (Burgerservicenummer)

  • Opening a Dutch Business Bank Account

  • Opening a Personal Bank Account

  • Setup your company (BV or Zzp)

  • Register your Business with the KVK (Dutch Chamber of Commerce)

  • Utilities Service

  • Home and Liability Insurance

  • Internet & TV

  • Dutch Mobile Phone Service

  • Expats 30% Tax Ruling (tax-free allowance of up to 30% if applies)

  • Healthcare Insurance

  • Relocating / Shipping / Transporting

  • Free Taxi Service from Schiphol Airport Amsterdam 

  • Car Rental / Leasing

  • Automatic Member for 1 Year of our Xpats-Service Association


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to know more about the DAFT-VISA

For immigration applications, the service is delivered and 100% payment is due when the immigration documents are submitted to the IND Netherlands. From then on, Xpats-Service Relocation Agency B.V. will no longer have any decision-making power. Because from there on all decisions will only be made by the IND Netherlands. For this reason, the service of Xpats-Service Relocation Agency B.V. is completed and the other half of the 50% invoice is to be paid

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