In March 2013, I came here with a business plan, financial documents, and not much else in hopes that I would be able to invoke the Dutch American Friendship Treaty and start a sole-proprietorship in the Netherlands. My visa was granted a couple of weeks ago (until May 2015!) – and while I am still waiting on paperwork to finalize it, I wanted to describe the process for anyone else looking to do the same, or anyone else who knows me and is wondering what the heck I’m up to lately.
Biggest mistake: I paid twice for my financial statements to be reviewed – they just need to be reviewed by a Dutch accounting firm.
I’m glad: I hired a lawyer. I’m sure that there are other people who have successfully navigated this process on their own but I think it would have been very hard for me to do this on my own. That said, if anything I say here helps you do this on your own, right on. Also, I’m glad that I went through this process with someone who was a native Dutch speaker – my understanding of Dutch is LIMITED, so it was incredibly helpful to be able to rely on Manon for help.
I found that this was a very linear process, and each step had a certain amount of logic to it. Here’s the process I went through, step by step:Continue reading “DAFT Update”