Netherlands Worldwide

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

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 Sweden, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Stockholm.

Attention: As of 17 September 2022, there are no longer any COVID-19 entry rules for travellers to the Netherlands. You can enter the Netherlands without proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative test result.

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

Apply for an MVV in Sweden

Applications for authorisations for temporary stay can be submitted at the Netherlands embassy in Stockholm.

Make an appointment via the online appointment system.

Check the status of your application.

At the embassy the applicant has to submit the required documents along with his or her passport. The application will be sent to the Netherlands where the decision on the MVV application will be made. The passport can be given back to the applicant or can stay at the embassy until the decision on the MVV application has been made. The Embassy will print the visa sticker when a positive decision on the MVV application has been received.

The embassy informs the applicant once the visa sticker has been printed, the applicant is then welcome to visit the embassy with his or her passport to collect the visa sticker. The passport can also be sent to the applicant with registered mail. This procedure will take approximately 2 weeks.

Attention: To be able to obtain an MVV from the Netherlands embassy in Stockholm, the applicant has to have a valid Swedish, Norwegian or Icelandic residence permit.

For applicants living in Norway

If you are travelling back and forth to Stockholm, you will most likely need your passport to travel back. In that case you may bring your passport with you for the flight back to Norway. As soon as you are back in Norway, you have to send your passport with registered mail to the Netherlands embassy in Stockholm.

When the MVV is issued, the passport will be sent back to the applicant with registered mail. It is even possible to collect the visa sticker at the embassy, the applicant is then welcome to visit the embassy again with his or her passport once the visa sticker has been printed.