In 1994, I was caught growing cannabis in Amsterdam while living there with my then Dutch wife. I served a short community service sentence with no fines. I have since been divorced from my Dutch ex and have lived in America for the last 9 years. Since this arrest, I have never been in trouble with law enforcement.
I need to know if my past criminal record will have any effect on any decision that is made in regards to a future application for a "eenmanszaak" under the auspices of the DAFT treaty. I would like to know if such a decision is made by a case-by-case basis and if there is a statue of limitations related to such an offense. I noticed this in the brochure "werkenalszelfstandig-eng.pdf" (dated 2002) that I recently read. It states the following:
You must in any event:
- Have a valid passport.
- Not have tuberculosis.
- Not have a criminal record. You will have to sign a
statement about your past to confirm this.
- Have health insurance that covers all risks in the
- Have an Authorization for temporary stay (if you
come from a country where you need to have such
- Have sufficient means of support. You must earn
enough money from your profession or business to
be able to pay for your own living expenses. Your
net income must be 81% of the gross income (the
This is the only place that I have seen such a restriction. Considering it was a non-violent offense that occurred 18 years ago and that I served my punishment, I would like to now if any considerations are considered on an ad hoc basis. I am a loving father of 2 Dutch children and I have proven to not be a detriment to any society I live in so I would like to hear from anyone who might be able to provide me with any relevent information concerning my particular situation.