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

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 Pakistan, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Islamabad.

Due to the coronavirus, until at least 28 April 2020 you cannot apply for a long-stay visa (MVV) at an embassy or a consulate-general.

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

Long-stay visa for the Netherlands (MVV applications)

After you have received the approval letter from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), it takes about 10 working days until the embassy has received the approval.

Make an appointment via our online appointment system.

Long-stay (student) visa for Finland

The Netherlands embassy in Islamabad only represents Finland for short-stay visa.

If you wish to apply for a student visa (a student residence permit) for Finland for longer than 90 days, you can submit your application at the embassy of Finland in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), in New Delhi (India) or in Kathmandu, Nepal.

You can also visit the website of the Finnish Immigration Service for further advice on the application procedure.

Processing time of MVV applications at the embassy in Islamabad

Normally the processing time of MVV applications is 1 day. You submit your application today (after having made an appointment) and the next day you can pick it up at 16.00 hours (only from Monday to Thursday).