Netherlands Worldwide

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

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 Ireland, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Dublin.

Attention: You can only travel to the Netherlands if you are exempt from the EU entry ban. Please read the entry rules on Government.nl.

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 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

How to apply for your long-stay visa (MVV) in Ireland?

You will need to send an e-mail to dub-ca@minbuza.nl to make an appointment to submit your long-stay visa application.

Walk-ins aren't accepted.

Processing time

The processing time is 15 calendar days (official holidays not included). Your passport will be sent to you by post. Please bring a self-addressed and sufficiently stamped (8 euro) envelope when you submit your application.

Any questions about the status of an application won't be answered if the 15 calendar days after the date of application haven't passed yet.

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 mentioning your contact details and the start of your study programme. The embassy will inform you about the possibilities.

Any questions?

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