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

As of 6 July 2020 you can apply for certain categories of MVV at  the Dutch embassy in Tehran:

  1. Persons with a sponsor (in Dutch: referent) who is a Dutch passport holder for the purpose of family reunion
  2. Persons who are admitted for humanitarian reasons.

As of 27 July 2020 the following people can also apply:

  • Students and Scientific Researchers : provided that you are in the possession of a residence notification letter from the IND.
  • Highly skilled migrants: provided that you are in the possession of a notification letter issued by the IND. Also your employer needs to provide a statement mentioning your necessary date of start of your employment in the Netherlands.

Please send an email to teh-ca@minbuza.nl to make an appointment and find out if you can apply.

If the EU travel ban has been lifted for the residents of your country, you can apply for all visa categories. If the EU travel ban has not been lifted for the residents of your country, you can only apply for a visa if you fall under the exemption categories. Check the page " Q&A's Travel restrictions for the Netherlands" to see for which countries the EU travel ban has been lifted and what the exemption categories are. You cannot apply if the embassy/consulate general or the external service provider is not open for service. Please check if you can make an appointment via the appointment system. Are there no dates available? Then it is not yet possible to submit an application.

Do I need an MVV and/or a residence permit?

You should check whether you need an MVV and/or a residence permit. This depends on things like your nationality and the purpose of your stay.

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 Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

First check whether you need to take the civic integration examination.

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How to make an appointment for an MVV at the Dutch embassy in Tehran?

Please note that only applications for long stay visa (MVV's) can be submitted at the Dutch embassy in Tehran.

You will have to make an appointment via the online appointment system of the embassy.

Important: appointment slots at the embassy are not interchangeable. Did you, for example, make an appointment  for a consular statement, a passport or an MVV application, while in fact you want to apply for a short-stay visa? Then you won’t be able to submit your application at the embassy on that date. In that case, you will have to schedule a new appointment with VFS Global via the online appointment system of VFS Global in Tehran. You'll have to submit your short stay visa application there.

What is the procedure upon arrival at the embassy?

  1. Your name will be verified on the appointment list.
  2. If you are more than 30 minutes late you may be requested to make a new appointment.
  3. Before entering the waiting area you will have to leave your mobile phone in one of the lockers.
  4. Upon entering the waiting area you take an entrance number. This number is needed to submit your application at one of the visa counters.
  5. If your application is not complete or if the photo appears to be retouched or not of a recent date, you might be requested to make a new appointment.
  6. Your application will be registered at one of the counters.
  7. During the registration process you will be asked a number of questions.
  8. In case you will have to pay fees, you will receive a receipt of your payment.
  9. Your visa application, supporting documents and passport will be kept at the embassy.

Processing time and collection

In Iran the processing time of an MVV application is 15 days. The date of collection will be mentioned on your receipt.

You can collect your passport on the following days and times:

  • Sunday to Wednesday from 14.30 - 15.00 hours
  • Thursday from 12.00 -12.30 hours

You do not need to make an appointment to collect your passport. Before you come however, please check the days that the embassy is closed.

Your passport does not necessarily have to be collected by yourself. It can also be collected by a person duly authorised by you (copy of his/her ID with your signature).

Important notice for MVV's study

In case there are no timely appointment slots available for MVV - Study, please send an e-mail to the embassy mentioning your contact details and the start of your study programme. The embassy will inform you about the possibilities.