In the Netherlands, there are separate visas for freelancers and employees of other companies. As I understand it one is only allowed to work for the company which has the employee permit for the employee with the permit.

Is it possible to freelance on such a visa? Is it possible to get, concurrently, a work permit sponsored by an employer and a freelance visa? Or is a work permit sufficient for freelancing?

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    I wasn't able to find a definitive answer but all this and other things I have read suggests that it is not possible to freelance on the side.
    – Gala
    Commented Mar 20, 2014 at 10:45
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    Note that most of the documentation available online seems to be about freelancing for Dutch clients. I have no idea how it works if your clients are abroad and you just want to spend some time in the Netherlands while working remotely.
    – Gala
    Commented Mar 20, 2014 at 10:55

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A similar question was asked before. Please see my answer here.

In principle, since March 2017 students, highly skilled migrants, and scientific researchers are given more room as entrepreneurs. Please see the linked answer for details.

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