Working for an NGO

If you are working for a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and if you are planning to stay more than 4 months, you can register at The Hague International Centre.

The Hague International Centre (THIC) is the Expat Desk for international staff and their families of international organisations, companies and institutions located in The Hague, Delft, Leidschendam-Voorburg and Rijswijk.

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 a residence permit 

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

What to bring to the appointment

  • Valid proof of identity. Please note: A driving licence will not be accepted as valid identification.
  • Proof of legal stay in the Netherlands (residence permit from the IND).
  • Proof of occupancy.
  • 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.
  • Legalisation: Documents from certain countries must be legalised or have an apostille. Find more information on the website of
  • Translations: Some foreign documents must be translated into Dutch by a certified translator. The municipality will verify the authenticity of the identity 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.

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What is an NGO?

A non-governmental organisation (NGO) is a not-for-profit group, principally independent from government, which is organised on a local, national or international level. Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of service and humanitarian functions. NGOs also bring citizen concerns to governments, monitor policies and programme implementation, and encourage political participation through provision of information. Some are organised around specific issues, such as human rights, environment or health.

Published: 13 November 2014Modified: 9 August 2018