Applying for a long-stay visa (MVV) for residents of the Russian Federation

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 the Russian Federation, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Moscow. If your purpose of stay is study or work, then you can also apply for this visa at the Netherlands consulate-general in St. Petersburg.

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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Application procedure for long-stay visa at the Netherlands embassy in Moscow

To apply for your long-stay visa (MVV), make an appointment at the Netherlands embassy in Moscow.

Check the status of your application.

Processing time MVV applications

In general the processing time of MVV applications is 15 calendar days. However, if you have received approval for your MVV application from the IND and if you submit all the required documents at the moment of your application, we strive to process your application within a shorter period. At the moment of your application we will assess your file and inform you when you can collect your passport with MVV.

Collection days and times

Monday until Friday: 15.00 - 16.00 hours. You do not need to make an appointment.

Before you come, check the days on which the embassy is closed.

Application procedure for long-stay visa at the consulate-general in St. Petersburg

Russian citizens applying for a provisional residence permit (“MVV”) for work or for study purposes are also welcome to apply at the Netherlands consulate-general in St.Petersburg.

Make an appointment via the online apppointment system.

Check the status of your application.

Processing time MVV applications

The processing time for MVV applications at the consulate-general is 15 calendar days.

Collection days and times

Monday until Friday: 10.00 - 12.30 hours. You do not need to make an appointment.

Before you come, check the days on which the consulate-general is closed.