for Temporary Stay (MVV)
If an applicant wishes to
stay in the Netherlands for longer than three months a regular
Schengen visa cannot be issued; the applicant will have to apply for
an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV) instead. MVVs are national
visas, which are issued to aliens from outside the Netherlands who
meet the conditions for a residence permit (VTV). An MVV is valid
for the Netherlands only, for a maximum period of six months. After
arriving in the Netherlands, the holder should report to the head of
the local police within three days to apply for a VTV, which will be
granted unless circumstances have changed in such a way that the
applicant no longer meets the relevant conditions.
As of 15 March 2006,
certain foreign nationals wishing to settle in the Netherlands for a
prolonged period who require an authorisation for temporary
residence will have to take the
examination abroad. This applies to
foreign nationals who wish to form a family with someone in the
Netherlands or to be reunited with family members already living in
the Netherlands. Religious leaders coming to the Netherlands for
employment, such as imams or preachers, will also have to take the
civic integration examination abroad.
Taking the civic
integration examination abroad is one of the steps that need to be
completed before an authorisation for temporary stay (mvv) can be
issued. Only those in possession of an mvv are able to apply for a
application procedure and advisory procedure
An MVV application
procedure is the procedure by which the applicant takes the
initiative to seek an authorisation for temporary stay by lodging an
MVV application with the embassy. The advisory procedure is the
procedure by which a referee in the Netherlands takes the
initiative to seek an authorisation for temporary stay by
lodging an advisory application with the IND. If this advisory
application is approved, the alien concerned (the applicant) then
lodges an application at the relevant mission. The procedure for
dealing with this application is largely identical to that employed
when there has been no prior advisory application.
After having succesfully
taken the civic integration exam an appointment can be made at the
Consular Section of the Netherlands Embassy and the application can
be submitted. An application procedure begins when an applicant
submits a duly filled out application form, two recently taken
passport size photographs, a passport valid for at least 6 more
months, and relevant documents, in person, at least 12 weeks
before the intended trip to the Netherlands.
The additional documents
that are required depend on the purpose of stay as indicated by the
The MVV-application will be
forwarded by the Netherlands Embassy to the Immigration and
Naturalisation Service (IND) of the Ministry of Justice in The
Hague, the Netherlands.
The processing of the MVV-application
will take approximately three months. After an advice has been
received from the IND, the applicant will be informed accordingly by
An advisory procedure
begins when the referee in the Netherlands submits a request for
advice (accompanied by the necessary documentation) to the IND. The
mission is not involved until a later stage. The application is made
in writing to the IND. The IND checks whether the application is
correct and complete and, if necessary, gives the referee two weeks
to rectify any omissions. Once this has been done, the IND checks
whether the referee fulfils the conditions relevant to the case. In
the case of a positive outcome, the referee receives a letter
stating that the person wishing to be granted authorisation for
temporary stay must lodge an application at the mission in his
country of origin or country of long-term residence.
The mission receives
electronic notification that the authorisation for temporary stay
can be issued to the applicant, provided that he fulfils the
relevant conditions. The application procedure can then start.
MVV applications lodged
applications will be registered by the embassy. The embassy will
send the applicant a written request, copied to the person who
lodged the application in writing (if different from the applicant),
asking him to present himself in person at the mission within a
reasonable period of time (as a rule, two weeks will be a
reasonable period of time, but a longer period may be allowed if the
distance to be travelled or the poor state of postal services makes
this necessary) to pay the visa fee and fulfil the other conditions
specified in the information sheets.
If the applicant has not
presented himself in person within the time allowed for him to do so
or if other essential conditions of validity have not been met, the
IND will declare the application invalid. If the IND feels that the
application is sufficiently complete, it will take a decision on it.
The embassy is not mandated to take independent decisions on the
validity of MVV applications.
Legalisation: always in
If the applicant is
required to produce documents which have been legalised there is no
point in lodging the application until the relevant documents have
Would you like to know more
about the admission of foreign nationals or the authorisation for
temporary stay? Contact the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).
Questions can be put to the IND by telephone, letter, or email.
The IND can be contacted on
0900 1234561 ( 0.10 p.m., weekdays between 09.00 and 17.00). When
calling from abroad you can use +31 20 889 30 45 (this number cannot
be used if you are telephoning from within the Netherlands).
Letter or email
2280 GE Rijswijk