The Dutch American Friendship Treaty (DAFT) or the Dutch American Residency Treaty enables United States citizens, working on a self-employed basis, to receive a residence permit in the Netherlands and its territories. If you are a US Citizen, want to move to the Netherlands to set up residency here and are willing to work here as a self employed (a freelancer or independent contractor) entrepreneur, then you can do so with the DAFT visa – so long as you meet certain criteria.
DAFT makes it relatively easy for an American to relocate to the Netherlands and contribute to the Dutch economy. The application is clearly laid out by the IND, the Dutch Immigration & Naturalization Service, on their website. Navigating the system to complete the application is another story.
As many American expats can attest, the difficulty of the application process can vary greatly: requirements and fees change frequently, the various agencies don’t communicate with each other effectively, you receive conflicting information, etc. There are numerous contributing factors that make a fairly straightforward application confusing and frustrating.
In short, the DAFT visa application process is pretty daft.
And so this site was born. As a frustrated American going through the Dutch American Friendship Visa treaty application, I spent countless hours researching the process and going in circles completing the requirements. This site, DAFT Visa, is designed to be a one stop resource for the information needed to apply for and complete the residency permit application process. Here you will find:
- A Step by Step Guide to the Application Process
- A Directory of Resources (including links to forms, Dutch government agency contacts and professional services firms with experience in the process)
- Expat Feedback (a collection of advice and insight from fellow expats)
- What’s New (new changes, relevant announcements, updates to the site)
I hope this will take some of the frustration away and add some clarity. Keep in mind, this site is a directory of information, not professional advice.
The best resource, for me, has been my network of American expats who have provided insight into the process, invaluable advice, and calming words. If you are an expat who would like to be a resource or have advice you would like to share, please contact me. And of course, if you are thinking of applying for the visa or are going through the process, please feel free to send me a message.