Netherlands Worldwide

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

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 Italy, you can only apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Rome.

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

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

Make an appointment to apply for your MVV.

Check the status of your MVV application.

Check our contact details and opening times on our contact page.

Applications for MVV of people living in Malta

The applicant must make an appointment at the embassy in Rome. After submission of the application the passport will be returned to the applicant and the applicant travels back to Malta. The applicant will be informed by the embassy in Rome when the MVV can be collected.
In order to collect your MVV you can either:

  • send your passport to the embassy in Rome. The MVV-stickers is printed and the embassy returns your passport. This takes 2 to 3 business days, excluding shipping time;
  • make an appointment at the embassy at the earliest possible time and hand in your passport. In principle, the MVV sticker can be printed the same day and the passport can then be picked up again in the afternoon.