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

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 Lebanon, you can apply for this visa at the Dutch embassy in Beirut. Read further down this page how to make an appointment. Especially in the case of an MVV for family reunificaton (nareis asiel).

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

MVV – residence

Send an e-mail to the Dutch embassy in Beirut to make an appointment. The embassy will e-mail you the date of your appointment 1-2 weeks in advance.

Whether you live in Syria or Lebanon does not affect the date of your appointment.

MVV – family reunification (nareis)

Send an e-mail to the embassy to make an appointment. State the name of the applicant(s) and the week number of the IND’s approval in the subject line. The embassy will e-mail you the date of your appointment 1-2 weeks in advance.

We currently give appointments to IND approvals from week 36 (September) 2020. Whether you live in Syria or Lebanon does not affect the date of your appointment.

Please do not send multiple e-mails for the same person or family. This delays the services of the embassy.

Residents of Syria: Crossing the border into Lebanon

Show your confirmation e-mail from the embassy to cross the border into Lebanon. You will be allowed to enter only shortly before your appointment.

Are you a stateless Palestinian with a travel document issued by the Palestinian or Egyptian authorities? Then your confirmation e-mail is not enough to enter Lebanon. You need a visa from the Lebanese embassy in Damascus.

The Dutch embassy cannot contact the Lebanese border authorities to help you enter. If you can’t enter Lebanon in time for your appointment, e-mail the embassy to make a new appointment.

Read more about the conditions for entering Lebanon on the website of the Lebanese General Security.