Q&A's Long-stay visa (mvv)

Last updated: 14 August 2020

Can I go to the embassy to pick up my MVV?

COVID-19 forced us to close all consular desks of embassies and consulates-general to last March. In the meantime, we can gradually restart consular services and some embassies can partially open their consular desks. You can then make a MVV appointment, but during the start-up phase capacity might be limited. Please  take into account longer waiting times than you are used to from us. Consult the web page of the embassy or consulate general if it is possible to make an MVV appointment. This page will be updated, as soon as consular services and appointment options change.

The consular section of the embassy is closed. Can I collect my MVV?

If the consular section of the embassy is closed, you cannot collect an MVV. Some embassies have (partially) reopened their consular desk in which case you can make an appointment.

For other embassies, the local situation does not yet allow to open the consular desk. In that case, you will not be able to collect an MVV, or sometimes only in urgent situations, or if you belong to a category exempted from the EU entry ban. Are you curious whether the embassy in your region can issue MVVs again? Please consult the web page of the embassy or consulate general. This page will be updated as soon as possibilities change.

Are there no appointment options and do you think your case is urgent? Please contact the IND. If the IND is of the opinion that your case is urgent, the IND will contact the embassy to ask whether an exception can be made. Please check the IND website for the urgency criteria and procedure.

Why can I not yet collect an MVV at the Dutch embassy in my region, while I can already do so at the Dutch embassy in another country?

Whether or not you can collect or apply for an MVV depends on the local situation. This may differ per region or country. The consular department of an embassy or consulate general may be closed due to a lockdown or local restrictions related to health and safety reasons. Keep an eye on the web page of the embassy or consulate general for new developments.

Where can I see or enquire when the embassy in my region will reopen and I can schedule an MVV appointment?

The opening of consular departments depends on the local situation and COVID-19 measures. The development of these measures is uncertain, so it is impossible to say exactly when an embassy will reopen. Keep an eye on the web page of the embassy or consulate general for new developments.

I have noticed that for another purpose of stay an earlier appointment is available than for my purpose of stay. How is this possible?

When we start issuing MVVs, we follow the guidelines of the European Commission on the gradual lifting of travel restrictions. As a result, some people may be assisted earlier, such as highly skilled migrants, persons with an essential professional function for the vital infrastructure, or because their studies are starting soon.

Please note that if you book an appointment for the wrong category, the Embassy cannot attend to you and will ask you to book a new appointment.

I am still at the beginning of my MVV application and would like to schedule an appointment to submit the application. The embassy is only closed. Is there another way to submit my MVV application?

If you have a sponsor in the Netherlands, for example a family member, employer or educational institution, the sponsor can submit the application to the IND. You do not have to go to the embassy until the IND has made a positive decision.

There is no sponsor for a number of purposes of stay (search year for highly educated persons, working holiday program and start-ups). You will then need to make an appointment at the embassy to submit and start your application. As long as the consular department of the Dutch embassy in your region is not yet open, it is not possible to schedule an appointment. For up to date information you can keep an eye on the webpage of the embassy in question.

My MVV approval says that I have to collect the MVV from the embassy within 90 days after approval. This period has already expired or will expire shortly. What should I do?

The IND has now decided that you can collect your MVV within 9 months of the original date of approval, you can explain that you could not collect your MVV sooner  because of the corona crisis (such as travel restrictions, closure of embassy/consulate).

I have already collected my MVV. Until now I could not travel to the Netherlands because of the coronavirus. And my MVV is no longer valid. What should I do?

If you are already in possession of an MVV sticker but it has expired, and there are travel possibilities for you again, you can make a new appointment with the consular department of the embassy or consulate general, if it is open.

Within 90 days after the expiry date of your MVV (sticker), the consular department is authorised to re-issue the MVV, provided you can explain that you could not travel in time because of the COVID-19 measures. You must bring or send a valid passport (including the expired MVV) to the embassy or consulate general. No other documents are needed and you do not need to pay a fee. We aim to process your new MVV within 2 workdays. After that, you must collect your MVV in person.

Has your MVV (sticker) expired more than 90 days? Then the embassy or consulate cannot issue a new MVV. You will then have to submit a new application to the IND.

I have a valid MVV to travel to the Netherlands. Does the EU travel ban apply to me?

The travel ban does not apply to holders of a valid residence permit or temporary residence permit / authorisation for temporary stay (MVV).

Check the web page 'Q&A's Travel restrictions for the Netherlands (travel ban)' for more information.

I have a valid MVV which means that the EU travel ban does not apply to me. Can I also transit in another country with the MVV?

In general a MVV does grant the right to transit to the Netherlands via any other Schengen country. However, due to COVID-19 measures transit might not be possible. This might differ per country. You are therefore advised to be well-informed before you start your journey, by consulting travel updates of the country you need to transit through.

I want to collect my MVV but the embassy in the country where I am staying is still closed. However, I see that I can make an appointment at the Dutch embassy in a neighboring country, is this allowed?

This is only allowed in special cases, because it is very busy at embassies and consulates that are open again. The IND must therefore give permission to pick up your MVV at another embassy. You should therefore first call your contact person at the IND. The telephone number can be found in the letter from the IND stating that your MVV has been approved. The IND contact person will then check whether your case is urgent. And whether there is room at the embassy in the neighbouring country. You can only make an appointment at the embassy to collect your MVV after approval from the IND.

Please note the IND uses the following criteria for urgency/change of pick-up location:

  • The period of 9 months in which you can collect your MVV is almost over;
  • You can travel to the neighbouring country; there are no blockades and the borders are open;
  • The embassy or consulate in the neighbouring country has time and space to take over and issue the MVV. This will be checked by the IND.

Are you planning to come to the Netherlands as a student? Then your Dutch educational institution must contact the IND about changing the embassy. Read more about this at the IND website.

Why is the Dutch embassy in my region not issuing MVV’s, while the Dutch embassy in another country does?

Whether or not you can collect or apply for an MVV depends on the local situation. This may differ per region or country. The consular department of an embassy or consulate general may be closed due to a lockdown or local restrictions related to health and safety reasons. Keep an eye on the webpage of the embassy or consulate general for new developments.

My regular provisional residence permit (mvv) has been approved. But I am currently in the Netherlands and as a result of the coronavirus I cannot travel to my country of origin to collect my MVV. What should I do?

Normally you have to travel back to collect your mvv. But the IND understands that it is sometimes not possible to collect the MVV now, because you travel is not always possible due to the Corona crisis. Therefore, an exception is made if you meet all of the following 5 conditions:

  • You were in your country of origin or country of continuous residence when you or your sponsor applied for an MVV. (Continuous residence means that you can lawfully reside in that country for more than 3 months. You have a valid residence permit there or are waiting for a decision on your application for a residence permit.);
  • You traveled to the Netherlands with a short-stay visa. Or, if you did not need a visa, in the permit-exempt term;
  • You entered the Netherlands between 1 January 2020 and (before) 1 June 2020;
  • Your MVV application was approved when you were already in the Netherlands;
  • You could not return to your country of origin or continuous residence before June 15 due to travel restrictions.

Do all 5 conditions apply to you? Then you do not have to collect the MVV. Make an appointment at an IND desk to have your biometrics taken (passport photo, fingerprints and signature). The IND uses these biometrics to make your residence permit. Please bring along to the appointment at the IND desk:

  • the letter stating that you are getting a residence permit (kennisgeving)
  • the original documents mentioned in this letter
  • your passport

Do you not meet the 5 conditions? Then you must collect your mvv in the country of origin or continuous residence, when this is possible again. You cannot collect your MVV in the Netherlands.

I have the nationality of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, United States of America or South Korea. That is why I do not need an MVV. Can I enter the Netherlands?

From 1 July 2020, you may enter the Netherlands again if you live in one of the countries to which the entry ban does not apply. Do you live in a country to which the entry ban does apply? Then you may only travel to the Netherlands if there is an exception for you.

Traveling from a country to which the entry ban applies Are you exempt from the MVV requirement and do you live in a country to which the entry ban applies? For example the United States? Then you may only travel to the Netherlands if you have a vital function or need. This is the case if you have received a letter from the IND (kennisgeving) stating that you will receive a residence permit as:

  • Highly skilled migrant (including holder of a European blue card, ICT directive or researcher)
  • Student (college, university)
  • Family member of a highly skilled migrant or student (partner, spouse, child)
  • Family member of a Dutch sponsor (partner, spouse, child)

Does this apply to you? Then your flight to the Netherlands must be direct (no transit). You must bring the following documents with you when traveling to the Netherlands:

  • For highly skilled migrants (including holder of a European Blue Card, ICT Directive or researcher):
    • The letter stating that you will be issued a residence permit (kennisgeving).
    • And a written statement from your employer stating that you must be in the Netherlands for your work and why. It should also state why you cannot come to the Netherlands at a later time.
  • For students:
    • The letter stating that you will receive a residence permit (kennisgeving).
  • For a family member of a highly skilled migrant or student:
    • If you are not traveling together, your family member will need a copy of the letter stating that you will receive a residence permit (kennisgeving).
  • For a family member of a Dutch sponsor:
    • The letter stating that you are getting a residence permit (kennisgeving). And official documents that prove your family relationship.

Is the airline not allowing you on the flight because they don't find the letter (kennisgeving) enough evidence? Please contact the Royal Netherlands Marechausse. The phone number is 0800 1814. If you are calling from abroad +31 88 958 1814.