Netherlands Worldwide

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

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 Thailand, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Bangkok.

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

Applications for MVV of people living in Thailand

Long-stay visa (MVV application) must be lodged at the Netherlands embassy in Bangkok. Processing time of the MVV sticker is 4 to 5 working days. Applicants who live in Thailand and who wish to have the passport returned by post to their home address can make a payment at the counter for the envelop.

Make an appointment via the online appointment system.

Check the status of your MVV application.

Important notice for MVV's for study

In case there are no timely appointment slots available for MVV - Study, please send an e-mail to the embassy mentioning your contact details and the start of your study programme. The embassy will inform you about the possibilities.

Applications for MVV of people living in Myanmar

The applicant must make an appointment at the embassy in Bangkok. After submission of the application the passport will be returned to the applicant and the applicant travels back to Myanmar. The applicant will be informed by the embassy in Yangon when the MVV can be collected.

Applications for MVV of people living in Cambodia and Laos

The applicant must make an appointment at the embassy in Bangkok. Processing time of the MVV sticker is 3 to 5 working days.