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

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 Turkey, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Ankara or at the Netherlands consulate-general in Istanbul.

The information on this page is also available in: Türkçe

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

You can submit your application at the embassy in Ankara or the consulate general in Istanbul.

Make an appointment in Ankara

Make an appointment via our online appointment system. You are strongly advised to schedule an appointment for your visa application at least three weeks before your intended date of departure.

Make an appointment in Istanbul

Make an appointment via our online appointment system. Due to the increasing number of corona infections in Istanbul, the consular services of the consulate general in Istanbul will be very limited at this moment. It may take longer to make an appointment with us. Check the appointment system regularly to see if there are new time slots open.

You can also check the status of your application online.

When do you need an interpreter?

For applications at the embassy in Ankara

If you do not speak Dutch, English or Turkish you must provide an official interpreter yourself. An official interpreter has a special pass that proves that he / she is an official interpreter. The interpreter may not be a family member.

For applications at the consulate-general in Istanbul

If you do not speak Dutch, English or Turkish you must provide an official interpreter yourself. An official interpreter has a special pass that proves that he / she is an official interpreter. The interpreter may not be a family member.

Important notice for MVV's for study

In case there are no timely appointment slots available for MVV-Study, please send an e-mail to the embassy in Ankara (ank-ca@minbuza.nl) mentioning your contact details and the start of your study programme. The embassy will inform you about the possibilities.

Processing time MVV applications Ankara

The average processing time for MVV applications is 5 working days. At the time of your application you will receive information about when to collect your passport. Before you come check the days on which the embassy is closed.

Processing time MVV applications Istanbul

The average processing time for MVV applications is 5 working days. At the time of your application you will receive a collection slip with the days and times at which you can collect your passport with MVV: weekdays between 14.00 and 14.30 hrs. Before you come, check the days on which the consulate general is closed.

Have your MVV delivered by courier

It is possible to have your passport with mvv sent via Ups. If you want to do this, you can indicate it at the time of your application. The additional costs are 60.39 TI, to be paid once you have received your documents at the address you filled in.

Within Turkey you can send your passport to your home address (on the condition that Ups delivers to your home address).

Iraqi and Syrian travel documents

Please be informed that in case you apply for a visa with an Iraqi or Syrian travel document, your application may not always be processed by the Dutch embassy or consulate-general. The application may be forwarded to the central authorities in the Netherlands for a decision. Please be aware, that in such a case the processing time may be a minimum of 10 working days and a maximum of two months.