Applying for a long-stay visa (MVV) for residents of Ukraine
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 Ukraine, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Kiev.
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 (MVV) applications from Ukraine can be submitted at the Netherlands embassy in Kiev. Such applications may not be submitted at the honorary consulate or via an external service provider.
The processing time at the embassy in Kiev is up to 7 working days.
In cases an applicant comes from abroad, the embassy tries to issue to MVV on the same day so people do not need to stay in Ukraine for a long time.
It is not possible to have a passport delivered by post. Applicants need to come in person or authorize another person to pick up the passport.
As soon as you have received the approval letter from the IND, you can make an appointment via the online appointment system. Take all the documents mentioned in the letter from the IND.
Minors: In case a legal guardian of the minor is staying behind, it is obligatory to bring an original permission of this guardian, this permission should not be older than three months.
If this is not the case, bring proof that parent travelling has sole custody of the minor. All official documents should have an apostille and should be translated. Translations should have an apostille as well.
How to apply for a long-stay visa in the Ukraine?
For long-stay visa applications for the Netherlands and the Caribbean parts of the Netherlands can be submitted at the Netherlands embassy in Kiev.
Make an appointment via the online appointment system.
Check the status of your application.
For contact details and opening times check our contact page.
Visa applications of residents of the Crimea
Persons living in the Ukraine (including the Crimea) have to apply for their visa at the Netherlands embassy in Kiev or one of the Visa Application Centers in the Ukraine.
No visa can be issued in Russian passports issued in the Crimea during the occupation because the Netherlands does not acknowledge these documents. If it is a Russian passport issued in the Crimea before the occupation or issued in Russia, a visa can be issued.
Inhabitants of the Crimea can exit the Crimea (and enter at a later stage) with their Russian passport and, if they hold the Ukrainian nationality, can apply for a Ukrainian passport or extend their current Ukrainian passport through the Ukrainian authorities (for instance in the Kherson region).
On the website of VFS Global you can find more information about the types of visa and the requirements.