Volunteer work

A foreign national who performs volunteer work in the public entities may be granted a temporary regular residence permit subject to the restriction of ‘residence as a volunteer’, if the relevant conditions are met. 

The conditions of residence are:

  • A volunteer is a natural person who takes part in work which customarily is performed without payment, is non-profit-making and serves a general social purpose.
  • If a foreign national performs volunteer work for a maximum of 12 weeks within a period of 52 weeks, this does not require a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning, TWV). Nor does the foreign national need to apply for a temporary regular residence permit since they do not exceed the visa-free period either.
  • If a foreign national performs volunteer work for a period exceeding 12 weeks, then a TWV is required. In that case the foreign national should also apply for a temporary regular residence permit subject to the restriction of ‘residence as a volunteer’. This is a temporary right of residence which can be granted for a maximum of one year. After one year, the residence permit cannot be extended.