Q&A's Long-stay visa (mvv)

Can I go to the embassy to pick up my MVV?

Due to COVID-19, it depends on the epidemiological situation in a country and the measures that apply there (a lockdown, for example) whether and to what extent the consular desk of an embassy or consulate general is operational. If an embassy or consulate general is open for consular services, you can make an MVV appointment. In some cases, capacity remains limited. Therefore, keep in mind that processing times may be longer than usual.

Consult the web page of the embassy or consulate general to see whether it is possible to make an MVV appointment. This page will be updated as soon as consular services and appointment options change.

The consular section of the embassy is closed. Can I collect my MVV?

If the consular section of the embassy is closed, you cannot collect an MVV. Sometimes, the consular desk is (temporarily) unable to reopen due to the local situation. In that case, it is either not possible at all to collect an MVV, or only in urgent situations, or if you belong to a category exempted from the EU entry ban.

Are you curious whether the embassy in your region can currently issue MVVs? Please consult the web page of the embassy or consulate general. This page will be updated as soon as the situation changes.

Are there no appointment options and do you think your case is urgent? Please contact the IND. If the IND is of the opinion that your case is urgent, the IND will contact the embassy to ask whether an exception can be made. Please check the IND website for the urgency criteria and procedure.

I want to collect my MVV but the embassy in the country where I am staying is currently closed. However, I see that I can make an appointment at the Dutch embassy in a neighboring country, is this allowed?

This is only allowed in special cases, because it is very busy at embassies and consulates that are open again. The IND must therefore give permission to pick up your MVV at another embassy. You should therefore first call your contact person at the IND. The telephone number can be found in the letter from the IND stating that your MVV has been approved. The IND contact person will then check whether your case is urgent. And whether there is room at the embassy in the neighbouring country. You can only make an appointment at the embassy to collect your MVV after approval from the IND.

Please note the IND uses the following criteria for urgency/change of pick-up location:

  • The period of 9 months in which you can collect your MVV is almost over;
  • You can travel to the neighbouring country; there are no blockades and the borders are open;
  • The embassy or consulate in the neighbouring country has time and space to take over and issue the MVV. This will be checked by the IND.

Are you planning to come to the Netherlands as a student? Then your Dutch educational institution must contact the IND about changing the embassy. Read more about this at the IND website.

Why can I not collect an MVV at the Dutch embassy in my region, while I can do so at the Dutch embassy in another country?

The issuing of MVV's depends on the local situation. This may differ per region or country. The consular department of an embassy or consulate general may, for example, (temporarily) be closed due to a lockdown or local restrictions related to health and safety reasons. Keep an eye on the web page of the embassy or consulate general for new developments.

Where can I see or enquire when the embassy in my region will reopen and I can schedule an MVV appointment?

The opening of consular departments depends on the local situation and COVID-19 measures. Keep an eye on the web page of the embassy or consulate general for new developments.

I have noticed that for another purpose of stay an earlier appointment is available than for my purpose of stay. How is this possible?

When we start issuing MVVs, we follow the guidelines of the European Commission on the gradual lifting of travel restrictions. As a result, some people may be assisted earlier, such as highly skilled migrants, persons with an essential professional function for the vital infrastructure, or because their studies are starting soon.

Please note that if you book an appointment for the wrong category, the Embassy cannot attend to you and will ask you to book a new appointment.

I am still at the beginning of my MVV application and would like to schedule an appointment to submit the application. The embassy is only closed. Is there another way to submit my MVV application?

If you have a sponsor in the Netherlands, for example a family member, employer or educational institution, the sponsor can submit the application to the IND. You do not have to go to the embassy until the IND has made a positive decision.

There is no sponsor for a number of purposes of stay (search year for highly educated persons, working holiday program and start-ups). You will then need to make an appointment at the embassy to submit and start your application. As long as the consular department of the Dutch embassy in your region is not yet open, it is not possible to schedule an appointment. For up to date information you can keep an eye on the webpage of the embassy in question.

My MVV approval says that I have to collect the MVV from the embassy within 90 days after approval. This period has already expired or will expire shortly. What should I do?

The IND has now decided that you can collect your MVV within 9 months of the original date of approval, if you can explain that you could not collect your MVV sooner  because of the corona crisis (such as travel restrictions, closure of embassy/consulate). If you could not pick up your mvv even within the 9 months period due to the coronavirus, you have to apply for a new mvv.

Please contact the IND for this.

You have an MVV approval on the basis of a journey to join an asylum seeker application, but you could not collect your MVV at the embassy within 9 months. What can you do?

If you were unable to collect your mvv in time (within 9 months) due to the coronavirus, you will have to apply for a new mvv. The IND has drawn up a special short application form specifically for joining an asylum seeker after their departure.

This form is shorter because the IND has already made a positive decision on your previous application and can therefore decide more quickly on your application. You can only use this short form once! Therefore, only use this form if you can actually travel to the Netherlands or go to the embassy on a short notice.

This form and more information can be found on the IND website (journey to join an asylum seeker).

I have already collected my MVV. Until now I could not travel to the Netherlands because of the coronavirus. And my MVV is no longer valid. What should I do?

If you are already in possession of an MVV sticker but it has expired, and there are travel possibilities for you again, you can make a new appointment with the consular department of the embassy or consulate general, if it is open.

Within 90 days after the expiry date of your MVV (sticker), the consular department is authorised to re-issue the MVV, provided you can explain that you could not travel in time because of the COVID-19 measures. You must bring or send a valid passport (including the expired MVV) to the embassy or consulate general. No other documents are needed and you do not need to pay a fee. We aim to process your new MVV within 2 workdays. After that, you must collect your MVV in person.

Has your MVV (sticker) expired more than 90 days? Then the embassy or consulate cannot issue a new MVV. You will then have to submit a new application to the IND.

I have a valid MVV to travel to the Netherlands. Does the EU travel ban apply to me?

The travel ban does not apply to holders of a valid residence permit or temporary residence permit / authorisation for temporary stay (MVV). Check the web page Q&A's Travel restrictions for the Netherlands (travel ban) for more information.

Important: Are you from a country that is subject to a flight ban? Then you cannot travel to the Netherlands from that country. Holders of an MVV are exempt from the entry ban, but not from the flight ban.

I have a valid MVV which means that the EU travel ban does not apply to me. Can I also transit in another country with the MVV?

In general a MVV does grant the right to transit to the Netherlands via any other Schengen country. However, due to COVID-19 measures transit might not be possible. This might differ per country. You are therefore advised to be well-informed before you start your journey, by consulting travel updates of the country you need to transit through.

Why is the Dutch embassy in my region not issuing MVV’s, while the Dutch embassy in another country does?

Whether or not you can collect or apply for an MVV depends on the local situation. This may differ per region or country. The consular department of an embassy or consulate general may be closed due to a lockdown or local restrictions related to health and safety reasons. Keep an eye on the webpage of the embassy or consulate general for new developments.

My regular provisional residence permit (mvv) has been approved. But I am currently in the Netherlands and as a result of the coronavirus I cannot travel to my country of origin to collect my MVV. What should I do?

Usually, you are required to travel to your country to collect your MVV. The IND understands that traveling is not always possible due to measures against the coronavirus. If you meet certain requirements, you are not required to collect the MVV in your country of origin or permanent residence. In that case, you can schedule an appointment at an IND desk to have your biometrics taken (passport photo, fingerprints and signature). The IND will then prepare a residence permit for you. Check the website of the IND for more information on this leniency measure, the conditions that apply and the procedure.

I am in the Netherlands and want to apply for a residence permit. I have a nationality that requires an MVV, but I cannot return to my country due to travel restrictions. What should I do?

Usually, you are required to travel to your country of origin or permanent residence to apply for an MVV. The IND understands that travel is not always possible due to measures against the coronavirus. That is why, in certain situations, you can apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands. You then do not have to travel abroad to collect your MVV. Check the website of the IND for more information on this leniency measure, the conditions that apply and the procedure.