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

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 Ukraine, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Kiev.

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

Long-stay visa (MVV) for nationals of this country or region

Long-stay visa (MVV) applications from Ukraine can be submitted at the Netherlands embassy in Kiev. Such applications may not be submitted at the honorary consulate or via an external service provider.

The processing time at the embassy in Kiev is between 3 and 5 working days.

As soon as you have received the approval letter from the IND, you can make an appointment via the online appointment system. Take all the documents mentioned in the letter from the IND.

Minors:  In case a legal guardian of the minor is staying behind, it is obligatory to bring an original permission of this guardian, this permission should not be older than three months.

If this is not the case,  bring proof that parent travelling has sole custody of the minor. All official documents should have an apostille and should be translated. Translations should have an apostille as well.

How to apply for a long-stay visa in the Ukraine?

For long-stay visa applications for the Netherlands and the Caribbean parts of the Netherlands can be submitted at the Netherlands embassy in Kiev.

Make an appointment via the online appointment system.

Check the status of your application.

For contact details and opening times check our contact page.

Visa applications of residents of the Crimea

Persons living in the Ukraine (including the Crimea) have to apply for their visa at the Netherlands embassy in Kiev or one of the Visa Application Centers in the Ukraine.

No visa can be issued in Russian passports issued in the Crimea during the occupation because the Netherlands does not acknowledge these documents. If it is a Russian passport issued in the Crimea before the occupation or issued in Russia, a visa can be issued.

Inhabitants of the Crimea can exit the Crimea (and enter at a later stage) with their Russian passport and, if they hold the Ukrainian nationality, can apply for a Ukrainian passport or extend their current Ukrainian passport through the Ukrainian authorities (for instance in the Kherson region).

On the website of VFS Global you can find more information about the types of visa and the requirements.