There are certain conditions that apply to everyone. In addition to these conditions, the following conditions apply for you:
Do you want to carry out voluntary work within the context of the European Solidarity Corps? You must have have concluded an agreement with the recognised exchange organisation and the exchange program must have been approved by the Netherlands Youth Institute. The agreement must include the following:
It is also possible to apply for a residence permit for European Solidarity Corps if you already have had another residence permit for exchange in an earlier stage.
Your exchange organisation can submit this application online. Please use the Business Portal.Online application
This application costs € 290.
The exchange organisation has a list of documents that you need.
You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.
The IND aims to have your residence permit ready within 2 weeks following your arrival in the Netherlands. The IND will send your exchange organisation a letter to inform you when you can collect the residence permit. For this, you have to make an appointment online at the IND desk stated in the letter. Keep in mind that it is not always possible to visit an IND desk at short notice. Therefore, please schedule an appointment in time.
Check to see if the information on the residence permit is correct while you are still at the IND desk. If something is incorrect, inform the IND staff member at once.
Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you must register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) in the municipality you are going to live.
To register with the municipality you need a legalised and translated birth certificate. Take this therefore with you when you travel to the Netherlands.
Please contact your municipality in advance to check which (legalised and translated) documents/ certificates you need to take with you.
You have indicated your intent to undergo a tuberculosis test (TB test) when you applied. You have to make an appointment for this with the Area Health Authority (GGD). You do this within 3 months after having received your residence permit. Please take the 'TB test referral form' with you to the appointment.
In some cases you are exempt from taking a TB test.
Anyone living in the Netherlands must take out health insurance. You do this within 4 months following your arrival in the Netherlands.
The residence permit for a cultural exchange is valid for 1 year.
The residence permit for European Solidarity Corps is valid for the duration of the voluntary work, with a maximum of 1 year.
The back of your residence permit shows if you are allowed to work. With the residence permit for a cultural exchange, you are only allowed to do voluntary work. The exchange programme must state that you are allowed to do voluntary work. Your residence permit states 'TWV niet vereist voor specifieke arbeid, andere arbeid niet toegestaan'.
Is your residence permit damaged, lost or stolen? In that case, have the residence permit replaced.
You cannot extend your residence permit for a cultural exchange.
Has something changed in your situation that influences your residence permit? Please report this immediately to the IND. It may mean that, due to the changes in your situation, the residence permit has to be changed.
If you are awaiting a procedure, you do not have a valid residence document at present and you wish to travel outside the Netherlands, you may need a return visa to re-enter the Netherlands. This could be the case if your current residence permit is no longer valid or your current residence permit will expire during your stay outside of the Netherlands. To apply for a return visa you must meet certain conditions.
The provisional residence permit (mvv) is a visa you need if you wish to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days. For more information, check Regular provisional residence permit (mvv).
A TWV is a work permit. The employer applies for a TWV with UWV (Netherlands Employees Insurance Agency). UWV examines among other things if there is no employee with the Dutch, EU/EEA or Swiss nationality that is qualified for the job.