Applying for a long-stay visa (MVV) for residents of Senegal
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 Senegal, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Dakar.
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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Application procedure for long-stay visa (MVV) at the Netherlands embassy in Senegal
Do you have the nationality of Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde or Mauritania? Then you can submit your MVV application at the Dutch embassy in Dakar. Make an appointment via our online appointment system to submit your application in person at the embassy.
Even if you have already received approval from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND), you must make an appointment to submit your MVV application in person at the embassy. Regardless of the age, each applicant should apply in person for the collection of fingerprints / identification.
Do you live in Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde or Mauritania? Then after your application you will receive a letter from the embassy with which you can travel back to your country of residence.
Processing time of MVV applications
Contrary to what is stated earlier on this page about the processing time, the following applies to Senegal: please take into account a processing time of 15 working days from the time of your application. If your passport is sent with DHL (at your own request) a few more days should be added.
Sending your passport with MVV by DHL
It is possible to have your passport containing your MVV sent to you via DHL. You can choose for this option at the moment of your applicaton. The extra costs are CFA 13,000.--, to be paid cash at the time of your application.
Within Senegal, your passport can be sent to your home address (provided that DHL delivers to your home address).
Do you live in Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde or Mauritania? Your passport will then be sent to the honorary consulate of the country where you live. As soon as your passport arrives there, someone from the honorary consulate will contact you to make an appointment when you can pick it up.
In case you have any questions after reading the information on this page, you can send an email via the contact form.