Working for a NGO

Published: 
13 November 2014
Modified: 
10 December 2014

A non-governmental organization (NGO) is a not-for-profit group, principally independent from government, which is organized on a local, national or international level to address issues in support of the public good. NGOs are task-oriented and made up of people with a common interest. NGOs also perform a variety of services and humanitarian functions, bring public concerns to governments, monitor policies and programme implementation, and encourage participation of civil society stakeholders at the community level. Some are organized around specific issues, such as human rights.

If you are working for a NGO organization, and if you are planning to stay more than 4 months you can you can register at THIC. You will be registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) during your appointment. You will also receive a citizen service number (BSN) straight away along with a letter containing your registration details.

Non-EU citizens need to apply for a residence permit for a legal stay in the Netherlands. 

Are you coming from outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland to live in The Hague for longer than 4 months? Then you have apply for a residence permit from the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) and you need to register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP, formerly the GBA).

What to bring to the appointment?

  • Valid proof of dentity. Please note: A driving license will not be accepted as valid identification.
  • Proof of legal stay in the Netherlands (residence permit from the IND)
  • Proof of occupancy: Read more
  • A recently issued original birth certificate. A recent original marriage certificate (if applicable). This is only needed for the first registration or if you have never shown your certificates before. These documents will be reviewed during your appointment. Both documents can also be presented at a later date.
  • Legalization: Documents from certain countries must be legalized or have an apostille. Find more information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Translations: Some foreign documents must be translated into Dutch by a certified translator. The municipality will verify the authenticity of the identity documents. Read more on translating foreign documents.
  • What does it cost? This service is provided free of charge.
  • How long does it take? Registration takes place and is completed during the appointment.
  • Make appointment
Published: 
13 November 2014
Modified: 
10 December 2014