Netherlands Worldwide

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

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 Suriname, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Paramaribo.

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 Suriname

After you have received the approval letter from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation department (IND), you will need to make an appointment. Send an email to make the appointment.

Fill out the MVV application form and bring the documents that are mentioned in the approval letter of the IND. The average processing time of an MVV application is 10 working days.

Collection of visa

At the moment of your visa application, you will get a pick-up notice mentioning the date on which your visa can be picked up. As of that date you can pick up your visa from Monday until Friday between 13:00 and 14:00 hours. You don't need to make an appointment, but before you come please check the days that the embassy is closed.