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

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 North Macedonia, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Skopje.

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-general

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

For all visa types you will need to schedule an appointment via our online appointment system.

Check the status of your application.

Visa applicants coming from Albania and Kosovo

Please enter North Macedonia with your ID card, because the Netherlands embassy in Skopje needs to keep your passport in order to add the entry sticker visa. You can then return to Albania or Kosovo with your ID card.

It takes 2 weeks to process your application. Once the entry sticker visa is placed in your passport, it will be sent to either the Netherlands embassy in Pristina or Tirana. You can collect your passport there and do not have to travel twice to Skopje.

However, if you enter North Macedonia with your passport you will have to travel back to Skopje in about 2 weeks time to have the entry visa sticker added to your passport.