Applying for a long-stay visa (MVV) for residents of the United Arab Emirates

As of 15 June 2020 you can apply for certain categories of MVV at the at the Netherlands consulate-general in Dubai:

  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 categories.

Send an email to to make an appointment and find out if you can apply

Due to the corona virus, until further notice, you cannot apply for a long-stay visa (MVV) at most embassies and consulates-general. In the text above you can see whether it is possible to apply. You will also see as of which date it will be possible. Don't see a start date? In that case, it isn't possible yet to apply for a long-stay visa.

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

MVV applications (> 90 days) will be processed at the consulate-general in Dubai. As soon as an applicant has received a positive notification from the IND in the Netherlands an appointment can be scheduled.

Make an appointment via our online appointment system.

Check the status of your MVV application.

Check the contact page for the consulate-general in Dubai for contact details, opening times and closing days.