New employment statuses have been adopted, which allow highly skilled migrants and international students in possession of a valid residence permit to start their own business alongside their job or study. Furthermore, scientific researchers staying in the Netherlands under Directive 2005/71 will gain free access to the Dutch labour market as of 1 April. This means that they, too, are allowed to start their own business or enter into employment alongside their work as a scientific researcher.
If you received one of these residence permits before 1 Arpil 2017, the new employment status automatically applies to you as well, due to a transitional arrangement.
Students, highly skilled migrants and scientific researchers must, however, continue to meet the conditions of their residence permit as their main activity will not change. For example, a student's business activities should not negatively affect his or her study progress.
Source IND en nuffic
11 April 2017