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On 1 October 2019, the current regulation for Asian restaurants will come to an end. This regulation entails a yearly quota for the number of permits issued to qualified chefs in the Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Thai, Tibetan and Vietnamese kitchen.

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When an employer in the Asian catering industry wishes to hire a chef from outside the EU, he/she must apply for a combined work/residence permit (GVVA). In some situations, special conditions apply.

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In a number of EU Member States, you can obtain the status of long-term resident EC. This is a European type of permanent residence permit.

Did you receive the status of long-term resident EC in another EU country and do you want to apply for a residence permit for entrepreneurs in the Netherlands? Then more favourable conditions apply to you.

If you want to know how you can receive the status of long-term resident EC in the Netherlands, go to the page Permanent residency.

If you want to know how you can receive the status of long-term resident EC in another EU country, please consult the authorities in the concerned country. You can find a list of participating countries here.

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To scientific researchers who want to conduct research at a research institute in the Netherlands, other conditions apply than to regular highly skilled migrants. Scientific researchers can get a permit based on Directive 2005/71/EC.

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Individuals who come to the Netherlands to work for a diplomatic mission or an international organisation, such as the United Nations have special consideration and are extended privileged residence status.

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