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

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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 Japan, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Tokio.

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

MVV applications can only be submitted at the Netherlands embassy in Tokyo. The consulate-general in Osaka does not have a consular section.

Please bring a completed MVV form, zairyu card and passport photo with you. Please be sure to check all the photo requirements. Please do not bring any photo's with blue backgrounds. We can only accept white or light grey backgrounds. 

If you are submitting your passport with your application and you want it to be sent directly to you after being processed, please fill in this form and bring it with you when you apply in Tokyo.

Make an appointment via our online appointment system.

Check the status of your visa application.

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