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

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 Ghana, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Accra.

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 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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How to apply for an MVV in Ghana?

As of 1 October 2019 walk-ins aren't accepted any more. As of that date you will need an appointment booked via the online appointment system.

Procedure for Residents of Togo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria

COVID-19: Because of the Coronavirus, Ghana has closed its land and sea borders. This means that you can only enter Ghane by plane. If you illegally enter the country via land or sea, you won't be helped at the embassy in Accra. Please also keep in mind that you cannot apply for everything yet at the embassy. Or that there are fewer appointment slots available.

Residents of Togo, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Sierra Leone wishing to reside in the Netherlands can also apply for a long-stay visa (MVV) at the Dutch embassy in Accra.

Residents of Nigeria can submit their applications at the Netherlands Embassy in Cotonou, Benin or at the Netherlands Embassy in Accra, Ghana.

On the day of your application you have the option to either wait during the process of application (this takes up to 15 days), or to request to take your passport so you can return to your country. Passports can then be sent to the embassy  via DHL to continue the application process. After completion, you need to arrange for DHL to collect your passport at the embassy in Accra and return it to you.

Collection of passports

Collection times are from Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 9:00 - 10:30.

Before you come, check the days on which the embassy will be closed.

If the applicant is not able to collect his/her decision and passport, the visa applicant may authorize another person to collect it on his/her behalf. In that case the embassy requires a written, signed authorization letter from the visa applicant, including a copy of the visa applicant’s passport.