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 Nigeria only MVV applications for children until 11 years old (only in case of adoption) can be submitted at the Netherlands consulate-general in Lagos.
On the day of your application in Accra or Cotonou you have the option to either wait during the process of application (this takes up to 15 days), or to request to take your passport so you can return to your country. Passports can then be sent to the embassy via DHL to continue the application process. After completion, you need to arrange for DHL to collect your passport at the embassy in Accra or Cotonou and return it to you.
MVV applications for adoption
For information on how to apply for a residence permit for your adopted child, please visit the website of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).
Applications for children until 11 years old can be submitted at the consulate-general in Lagos.
For questions and making an appointment you can send an e-mail.