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

As of 29 June 2020 you can apply for certain categories of MVV at the Netherlands embassy in Nairobi:

1. Persons with an expired MVV sticker who were not able to travel due to COVID-19.

2. If your MVV appointment was cancelled due to COVID-19: you can only apply if your MVV fits into a certain category.

3. Highly skilled migrants

Send an email to to make an appointment and find out if you can apply.

Important notice!

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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Long-stay visa for residents of this country or region

Visa application procedure in Kenya

Select the checklist on this webpage to see which documents you need to apply for your visa, have a look at the photo requirements and select the correct visa application form.

Make sure you choose the correct category for your appointment.

Please note that only family members can share a timeslot for 2 persons. For example:

A family consisting of 3 persons will need to book 2 time slots. A family of 5 persons will need to book 3 time slots.

Make an appointment to apply for your visa.

Check the status of your visa application.

Visa collection / checking the status of the visa application

From Monday until Thursday between 14.00 - 15.00 hours visa you can go to the embassy to pick up or check the status of their visa application. At the moment of application you will get a collection sheet (copy of their passport with stamp of the embassy) which they need to bring with them.

Before your come, please check the days that the embassy is closed.

If you can't come yourself, you can authorise someone else to pick up or check the status of the visa. You can write an authorisation letter. The collection sheet is a requirement of picking up or checking the status so it needs to be given to the authorised person.