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

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 Pakistan, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Islamabad.

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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Long-stay visa for residents of this country or region

Long-stay visa for the Netherlands (MVV applications)

After you have received the approval letter from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), it takes about 10 working days until the embassy has received the approval.

Send an email to the embassy in Islamabad to make an appointment.

Long-stay (student) visa for Finland

The Netherlands embassy in Islamabad only represents Finland for short-stay visa.

If you wish to apply for a student visa (a student residence permit) for Finland for longer than 90 days, you can submit your application at the embassy of Finland in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), in New Delhi (India) or in Kathmandu, Nepal.

You can also visit the website of the Finnish Immigration Service for further advice on the application procedure.

Processing time of MVV applications at the embassy in Islamabad

Normally the processing time of MVV applications is 1 day. You submit your application today (after having sent an email to make an appointment) and the next day you can pick it up at 16.00 hours (only from Monday to Thursday).