Applying for a long-stay visa (MVV) for residents of South Africa
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 South Africa, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Pretoria or at the Dutch consulate-general in Cape Town.
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
Application procedure for long-stay visa in South Africa
If you require a long-stay visa (MVV), for example au-pair, join your partner in the Netherlands, permanent work, study longer than 3 months or permanent residence please make an appointment at the embassy in Pretoria or the consulate-general in Cape Town.