Per October 1, 2019, there's an eased regulation concerning hiring Asian cooks. This regulation counts because employers in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe can't find well employed cooks. The hospitality sector and the employers of the Asian kitchen are still responsible to train and upskill people.

The new legislation explained

You'll find a point-by-point explanation of the new legislation below: 

  • The legislation doesn't maintain a quota.
  • The legislation for Asian hospitality businesses is applicable for speciality cooks at function level 4 up to 6 of the Asian kitchens of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam.
  • Permits are provided for the duration of two years.
  • The UWV (Executive Institute for Employee’s Insurances) checks if there's an available supply in the Netherlands/EU for the vacancy. However, there's an exception to the duty for employers to actively recruit themselves
  • There are prescriptions connected to the exemption of recruitment efforts. The sector and the employers remain responsible for educating the labor supply and/or providing further trainings to fill up vacancies. Moreover, the sector needs to contribute to improving the sector's image, amongst others by improving the labor conditions.
  • The employer is obliged to make a notification of a vacancy with the UWV before it can apply a request for a TWV (work permit) or a GVVA (single permit). The vacancy period will be shortened from five to three weeks, considering the current labor market. 

The legislation until October 1, 2019

For the period until October 1, 2019 there is a modification in a few TWVs/GVVAs. The amount of permits until October 1, 2019 will be expanded to 800. That means that a total of 2300 work permits can be granted from October 1, 2018 until October 1, 2019. From October 1, 2019 onwards, the new legislation without quota will go in effect.