Applying for a long-stay visa (MVV) for residents of the United States
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 the United States, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Washington or at the consulates-general in Miami, New York or San Franciso.
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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How to apply for an MVV in the USA?
MVV applications can be submitted at the Netherlands embassy in Washington or at the consulates-general in Miami, New York or San Franciso.
Applicants who did the civic integration exam in Washington, always have to submit their application at the Netherlands embassy in Washington.
As long as you didn’t do the civic integration exam in Washington for your mvv application, you can choose submit your application at either the embassy or at one of the consulates-general, regardless what your IND approval letter says.
As at the moment the embassy in Washington is fully booked for MVV applications until October 2018, we advise you to schedule your appointment at one of the consulates-general. In case you have done the civic integration exam, you can send an email to the embassy in Washington to request for an appointment.
Check the status of your application.
Have your document sent by post
Although you have to apply for your MVV application in person, it is possible to have your passport sent to you by UPS, FedEX or DHL. You will have to pay the postage charge yourself, and you will need to provide a pre-paid, electronically generated shipping label with your application.
For more details on acceptable types of labels, please read the mailing instructions.