Applying for a long-stay visa (MVV) for residents of Canada
If you want to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days, you may need a residence permit. In many cases you will also have to apply for a long-stay visa before you travel to the Netherlands. This visa is also called an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV).
In Canada, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Ottawa or at the consulates-general in Toronto or Vancouver.
Do I need an MVV and/or a residence permit?
Whether or not you need an MVV and/or a residence permit depends on things like your nationality and the purpose of your stay.
No MVV or residence permit required
You do not need an MVV or residence permit if:
- you are a national of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) member state or Switzerland.
For more information on staying in the Netherlands for a long period without a residence permit, please consult the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).
Residence permit required but no MVV
You can apply to the IND for a residence permit (without an MVV) if:
- you are a national of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City
- you are a national of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea or the United States
- you are a family member of a national of an EU or EEA member state or Switzerland
- you are a long-term resident of the EU and hold a permit for long-term residence in the EU. Your family members do not need an MVV either if they have lived with you in that EU country
- you already have a valid residence permit for another Schengen country and a recognised sponsor submits the application for a residence permit. In this case, family members do not need an MVV either
- you have held a valid EU Blue Card for at least 1.5 years in another EU/EEA member state. In this case, family members do not need an MVV either.
Go to the IND website to find out what you need in order to apply for a residence permit.
MVV and residence permit required
If none of the situations above applies to you, you will need an MVV and a residence permit.
Applying for a residence permit and an MVV
You can apply for a residence permit and an MVV in two ways:
- through a host in the Netherlands (such as an employer, family member or educational institution)
- in person at a Dutch embassy or consulate.
If you have a host in the Netherlands, in most cases your host will have to submit the application to the IND.
First check whether you need to take the civic integration examination.
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Long-stay visa for residents of this country or region
Please make an appointment with the Dutch embassy in Ottawa, the consulate-general in Toronto or the consulate-general in Vancouver.
Check the status of your visa application.
Check these mailing instructions if you prefer us to return your document by courier or 'Xpresspost'.