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

As of 8 June 2020 you can apply for certain categories of MVV at the Dutch embassy in Colombo:

  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.

Send an email to col-ca@minbuza.nl 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

Make an appointment via our online appointment system.

Check the status of your application.

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