[OUT OF DATE] Partners of entrepreneurs are now also allowed to work

16 Aug, 2016 | Immigration Law, News

(12 July 2020: this post from 16 August 2016 is now only maintained as a historical archive post, because the Dutch government changed the law, as of 1 January 2020, to say that partners of entrepreneurs are now allowed to work wherever they like, including in salaried employment! So they are no longer even restricted to only working in self-employment.)

The district court has handed down a decision ordering the IND to issue a new residence permit card to a client of Franssen Advocaten that expressly says that she is allowed to work in self-employment. She currently holds a residence permit for the purpose of stay with her husband, who in turn possesses a residence permit for the purpose of being an entrepreneur in the Netherlands. Until now, the IND had issued the partners and spouses of such entrepreneurs (including entrepreneurs on the basis of the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty) residence permits that said “Work only permitted if an employment permit has been obtained”, which created the impression that in practice, they were not allowed to work at all, not even in a self-employed capacity.

Now the court has ruled that the IND’s existing policy constitutes a violation of EU legislation, specifically the Family Reunification Directive, which provides that family members of residence permit holders must be granted the same access to the labor market in the host country as the person they are staying with.

For more information, please contact attorney Jeremy Bierbach.