Applying for a long-stay visa (MVV) for residents of Turkey
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 Turkey, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Ankara or at the consulate-general in Istanbul.
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
You can submit your application at the embassy in Ankara or the consulate general in Istanbul. You are strongly advised to schedule an appointment for your visa application at least three weeks before your intended date of departure. Make an appointment via our online appointment system.
Making appointments is free of charge! The embassy and consulate only work with the VFS Global. We strongly advice not to use intermediaries or other agencies pretending to work for the Netherlands embassy or consulate.
You can also check the status of your application online.
When do you need an interpreter?
For applications at the embassy in Ankara:
If you do not speak Dutch, English or Turkish, you must provide an official interpreter yourself. An official interpreter has a special pass that proves that he / she is an official interpreter. The interpreter may not be a family member.
For applications at the consulate-general in Istanbul:
If you do not speak Dutch, English, Turkish or Arabic, you must provide an official interpreter yourself. An official interpreter has a special pass that proves that he / she is an official interpreter. The interpreter may not be a family member.
Important notice for MVV's for study
In case there are no timely appointment slots available for MVV-Study, please send an e-mail to the embassy in Ankara (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the consulate-general in Istanbul (email@example.com) mentioning your contact details and the start of your study programme. The embassy or consulate-general will inform you about the possibilities.
Processing time MVV applications Ankara
The average processing time for MVV applications is 5 working days. In Ankara, the passports containing the MVV are normally sent by post. The extra costs for shipping are at the expense of the applicant. You will receive more information at the time of application.
Processing time MVV applications Istanbul
The average processing time for MVV applications is 3-4 working days. At the time of your application you will receive a collection slip with the days and times at which you can collect your passport with MVV: Monday to Friday: 14.00 and 14.30. Before you come, check the days on which the consulate general is closed.
Iraqi and Syrian travel documents
Please be informed that in case you apply for an MVV with an Iraqi or Syrian travel document, your application may not always be processed by the Dutch embassy or consulate-general. The application may be forwarded to the central authorities in the Netherlands for a decision. Please be aware, that in such a case the processing time may be a minimum of 10 working days and a maximum of two months.