Applying for a long-stay visa (MVV) for residents of India

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 India, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in New Delhi or at the consulate-general in Mumbai.

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:

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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Applying through a host in the Netherlands

Applying yourself at an embassy or consulate

Long-stay visa for residents of this country or region

Application procedure for MVV's in India

Long-stay visa (MVV) applications from India and Nepal can be submitted at the Netherlands embassy in New Delhi or at the consulate-general in Mumbai.

Step 1 Prepare the required documents

Before making an appointment to submit your application, make sure you have all the above mentioned documents.

Step 2 Make an appointment

After you have prepared the required documents, you can make an appointment via the online appointment system to submit your application.

Does your approval letter state you need to submit your application in Mumbai, but you would prefer going to the embassy in New Delhi? Or the other way around? This is possible. There is no need to ask for permission from either the IND or the embassy. Only in case you completed your civic integration exam at the embassy in New Delhi, you will have to apply for you MVV at the embassy in New Delhi as well.

Step 3 Processing times and collection of your MVV

The processing time at the embassy in New Delhi is 1 working day (submit today, pick-up the next working day). At the consulate-general in Mumbai the processing time may take up to 7 working days.

You can pick up your MVV at the embassy in New Delhi or the consulate-general in Mumbai on the following days and times:

  • Monday until Thursday between 15.00 and 16.00 hours.
  • Friday between 13.00 and 14.00 hours.

You do not need to make an appointment. However, before you come please check our closing days.

Have your MVV delivered by courier (possible as of 1 December 2018, only within India)

If you live in India, you can have your passport with MVV sent to you by courier (DTDC) or by registered post. How can you arrange this?

  1. Call the DTDC courier service on +91 97 1100 1980 (Monday - Saturday between 10.00 - 17.00 hrs.);
  2. If the courier service is available at your address, then DTDC will ask you to make an online payment of INR 700;
  3. You will receive an airway bill number (AWB) via text message as soon as the payment has been made.
  4. Write this AWB number down; you will need it at the time of application;
  5. Print and fill the disclaimer form and add it to your visa file;
  6. Submit your application at the embassy in New Delhi or at the consulate-general in Mumbai and ask for a DTDC envelope. Write your address, passport number and AWB number on it in BLOCK LETTERS;
  7. This envelope will be used to return your passport to the address mentioned on the envelope.

Authorise someone else to pick up your MVV

You can authorise someone else to pick up your passport with the MVV sticker. The person who picks up the passport needs the following documents:

  • the original receipt handed to the applicant at the moment of application
  • authorisation letter stating the full name of the representative, duly signed by the applicant
  • valid photo identity proof of the representative (like passport or driving license)

You can check the contact page of the embassy in New Delhi or the consulate-general in Mumbai for contact details and opening times.