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Dutch American Friendship Treaty Visa (DAFT)


What is the Dutch American Friendship Treaty Visa?

The Dutch American Friendship Treaty (DAFT) is an agreement between the United States and the Netherlands that allows US Entrepreneurs and Freelancers to live and work in the Netherlands. Many people using the DAFT visa have started their own business in the Netherlands, or work remotely as a freelancer. Under the Dutch American Friendship Treaty Visa, you can work remotely for clients all over the world (including the US).  Some examples of freelancers that have moved from the United States to the Netherlands on this visa include photographers, journalists, social media marketers, business consultants, IT experts, artists, musicians, and many more. This Visa offers a lot of flexibility and is relatively easy to obtain. Check out this guide on getting a DAFT Visa.

Who is eligible for this visa?

To be eligible for the Dutch American Friendship Treaty Visa, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You will operate your business between the US and the Netherlands.

  • Invest and maintain €4500 in a business bank account.

  • You have a valid travel document (for example a passport).

  • You have sufficient and long-term means of support.

  • You must be able to make enough money after obtaining the Visa to stay off of Dutch welfare programs.


Check for updates and the official conditions on the IND website.

How can I apply for this visa?

If you are eligible to move to the Netherlands using the Dutch American Friendship Treaty Visa, you might still have questions about how to actually do it. You can start applying here on the official IND website..


At Overseasy, we offer one-on-one support from start to finish. We will help you prepare for the application process, and remain there to answer all of your questions from finding housing, scheduling appointments, and booking your flight.

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DAFT Visa Coaching

The Dutch American Friendship Treaty allows US Entrepreneurs and Freelancers to acquire residency in The Netherlands. Upon acceptance, this visa You are allows you to stay in the Netherlands for two years with the option to renew for more 5 years. Through our DAFT coaching program you can expect guidance from start to finish in your application and expat journey.

Did you know that master’s degree graduates from the top 200 internationally ranked institutions have the option to start their career in the Netherlands? The Dutch Orientation year (zoekjaar) visa is the best way for individuals to begin the journey of life abroad—and we can help. Through expert coaches, comprehensive programs and workshops, we guide and help individuals so that their immersion into Dutch society is a seamless as possible. 

The first month abroad will set the tone for the months and years to come, so it’s crucial that your experience begins on a positive, stress-free note. We have carefully curated programs designed to support creating connections within the local community by providing a network, career workshops and interviewing skills. 

First Month

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Orientation Year
Visa Coaching

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