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

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).

You can apply for this visa at the Netherlands consulate-general in Hong Kong.

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 2 ways:

  • through a host in the Netherlands (such as an employer, family member or educational institution)
  • in person at a Netherlands embassy or consulate-general

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.

What is your situation?

Applying through a host in the Netherlands

Depending on the purpose of your stay, your host may have to submit the application in the Netherlands. This applies if the purpose of your stay is:

  • study
  • work
  • a work placement
  • co-habiting with or marrying someone who lives in the Netherlands
  • family reunification

In these cases your host will be an educational institution, your employer, a family member or your spouse or partner.

Applying yourself at an embassy or consulate-general

For the following purposes of stay you should submit your application for an MVV and residence permit yourself:

Attention: You will find the application form and all information about the required documents and the application procedure on the IND website.

Long-stay visa for residents of this country or region

Make an appointment

Please make an appointment for your MVV application via the online appointment system of the Netherlands consulate-general in Hong Kong.

Important notice for MVV's for study

In case there are no (timely) appointment slots available for MVV-Study, please book the first available appointment.

Then send an email to the consulate-general mentioning the following details:

  • the reference number and the date and time of your booked appointment (to be found in your email confirmation);
  • your contact details (full name, mobile telephone number, etc.);
  • the start of your study programme.

The consulate-general will inform you about the possibilities.

Collect your MVV

After your MVV is placed in your passport, you can collect it from the consulate-general in Hong Kong on:

  • Monday: 9:00 - 12:00
  • Tuesday: 9:00 - 12:00
  • Wednesday: 9:00 - 12:00
  • Thursday: 9:00 - 12:00
  • Friday: 9:00 - 12:00

You do not need to make an appointment. First check which days our offices are closed.

Any questions?

If you have a question, you can send an email via the contact form.