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

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 Senegal, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Dakar.

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

Application procedure for long-stay visa (MVV) at the Netherlands embassy in Senegal

Do you have the nationality of Senegal, Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau or Mauritania? Then you can submit your MVV application at the Netherlands embassy in Dakar. Make an appointment via our online appointment system to submit your application in person at the embassy.

Even if you have already received approval from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND), you must make an appointment to submit your MVV application in person at the embassy. Regardless of the age, each applicant should apply in person for the collection of fingerprints / identification.

Do you live in Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau or Mauritania? Then after your application you will receive a letter from the embassy with which you can travel back to your country of residence.

Processing time of MVV applications

Contrary to what is stated earlier on this page about the processing time, the following applies to Senegal: please take into account a processing time of 15 working days from the time of your application. If your passport is sent with DHL (at your own request) a few more days should be added.

Sending your passport with MVV by DHL

It is possible to have your passport containing your MVV sent to you via DHL. You can choose for this option at the moment of your application. The extra costs are CFA 13,000.--, to be paid cash at the time of your application.

Within Senegal, your passport can be sent to your home address (provided that DHL delivers to your home address).

Do you live in Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau or Mauritania? Your passport will then be sent to the honorary consul of the country where you live. As soon as your passport arrives there, the honorary consul will contact you to make an appointment when you can pick it up.

Questions?

In case you have any questions after reading the information on this page, you cansend an email via the contact form.