Long-term and short-term residence permits for The Netherlands
Immigration to the Netherlands for business purposes is strictly regulated, as well as for the case for private purpose of stay. There are long-term residence permits and short-term residence permits, either one of them has their own particular procedures.
In order to obtain either the long-term or short-term residence permit, one needs to start the application procedure whilst the applicant is still in his or her own country of origin.
Short-term business visa or Schengen visa
The short-term stay – e.g. for the purpose of business travel or knowledge exchange – the applicant can apply for a (Schengen-) visa at the Dutch embassy or consulate in his or her own country. A visa allows its holder to stay for a maximum period of 3 months. Furthermore, the Dutch government has created additional possibilities for frequent international business travels. A Dutch company or institute should be designated as a reference at all times.