Netherlands Worldwide

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

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 India, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in New Delhi or at the consulates-general in Bangalore or Mumbai.

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

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

Application procedure for MVV's in India

Long-stay visa (MVV) applications from India and Nepal can be submitted at the Netherlands embassy in New Delhi or at the consulates-general in Bangalore or Mumbai.

Step 1: Prepare the required documents

Before making an appointment to submit your application, make sure you have all the above mentioned documents.

Step 2: Make an appointment online

After you have prepared the required documents, you can make an appointment via the online appointment system to submit your application.

Does your approval letter state you need to submit your application in Bangalore or Mumbai, but you would prefer going to the embassy in New Delhi? Or the other way around? This is possible. There is no need to ask for permission from either the IND or the embassy.

Step 3: How can I track my application?

When you apply for an MVV in New Delhi, Bangalore or Mumbai, you will receive a track & trace code. This allows you to track the status of your application online. You will be informed via an automatically generated email when your document is ready.

Step 4: Processing times and collection of your MVV

For your and our staff’s safety, the collection in person is no longer possible. You are strongly recommended to pre-book the courier of your passport with the MVV. You may use the services of DTDC as mentioned below. The processing time at the embassy in New Delhi and the consulates-general in Bangalore and Mumbai can take up to 10 working days.

Have your MVV delivered by courier

If you live in India or Nepal, you can have your passport with MVV sent to you by courier (DTDC). How can you arrange this?

  1. Call the DTDC courier service on +91 97 1100 1980 (Monday - Saturday between 10:00 - 17:00 hours);
  2. If the courier service is available at your address, then DTDC will ask you to make an online payment of INR 750 (separate charges for Nepal). Please note that 1 envelope / AWB will be used for 1 applicant only. For example, for a family of 3 please arrange for 3 AWB numbers. You pay INR 750 per AWB number;
  3. You will receive an airway bill number (AWB) via text message as soon as the payment has been made.
  4. Write this AWB number down; you will need it at the time of application;
  5. Print and fill the disclaimer form and add it to your visa file;
  6. Submit your application at the embassy in New Delhi or at the consulates-general in Bangalore or Mumbai and ask for a DTDC envelope. Write your address, contact number (preferably a mobile number), passport number and AWB number on it in BLOCK LETTERS;
  7. This envelope will be used to return your passport to the address mentioned on the envelope.

Authorise someone else to pick up your MVV (currently not possible)

You can authorise someone else to pick up your passport with the MVV sticker. The person who picks up the passport needs the following documents:

  • the original receipt handed to the applicant at the moment of application
  • authorisation letter stating the full name of the representative, duly signed by the applicant
  • valid photo identity proof of the representative (like passport or driving license)

You can check the contact page of the embassy in New Delhi, the consulate-general in Bangalore or the consulate-general in Mumbai for contact details and opening times.

Application procedure for expired MVV's in India

If your long-stay visa (MVV) was stamped on your passport but you could not travel due to the lockdown owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, then you may re-submit your application to the Netherlands embassy in New Delhi.

Step 1: Prepare the required documents

An appointment to submit your application is not required. Prepare the following documents:

  • Your passport and a photocopy of the personal details page. Your passport must be valid for at least another 6 months.
  • Fill in the disclaimer form.
  • For safety measures you will be requested to have your passport sent to you by our courier service. Read step 2 for collection.
  • Arrange the AWB number in advance (read Step 2) and mention the same on the disclaimer form.
  • Send the passport and the disclaimer form to the Netherlands embassy in New Delhi. Mark it to the attention of the Visa section / Consular Department.

Please note that at present the re-stamping option is possible at the embassy in New Delhi only.

Step 2: Collection of your MVV by courier

If you live in India, your passport with MVV can be sent to you by courier (DTDC). How can you arrange this?

  1. Call the DTDC courier service on +91 97 1100 1980 (Monday - Saturday between 10:00 - 17:00 hours).
  2. If the courier service is available at your address, then DTDC will ask you to make an online payment of INR 750.
  3. You will receive an airway bill number (AWB) via text message as soon as the payment has been made.
  4. Write this AWB number down; you will need it at the time of sending the passport.
  5. Print and fill the disclaimer form and write the AWB Number at the bottom of the page.
  6. The DTDC envelope will be used to return your passport to the address mentioned on the disclaimer form.
  7. You can use your AWB number to track your shipment.