Work permit no longer required for voluntary work

28 February 2018

International students and scientific researchers from outside the European Union wishing to do voluntary work in the Netherlands, no longer need a work permit (TWV) to do so. Instead, the so-called Volunteer Declaration (Vrijwilligersverklaring) is now sufficient.


The Volunteer Declaration is aimed at asylum seekers, but also applies to international students or scientific researchers who have a valid Dutch residence permit. Under the Dutch Foreign Employment Act (Wet Arbeid Vreemdelingen) voluntary work is also seen as ‘labour’.

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