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

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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 Türkiye, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Ankara or at the Netherlands consulate-general in Istanbul.

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 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 (MVV) for residents of Türkiye

Make an appointment

You can submit your application at the Netherlands embassy in Ankara or the consulate-general in Istanbul.

Important notice for MVV's for students and knowledge migrants

For MVV-Study and MVV-Knowledge Migrants, please send an email to the embassy in Ankara ( or to the consulate-general in Istanbul ( Mention your V-number, contact details and the start date of your study programme or start date of your employment. The embassy or consulate-general will inform you about the possibilities.

Make an appointment personally

It has come to our attention that some agencies or agents that assist applicants in the MVV application procedure charge applicants additionally for booking an appointment.

You can make an appointment yourself. The Netherlands embassy in Ankara and the consulate-general in Istanbul do not charge any fees for making an appointment.

When do you need an interpreter?

If you do not speak Dutch, English or Turkish you must provide an official interpreter yourself. An official interpreter has a special pass that proves that he / she is an official interpreter. The interpreter may not be a family member.

Processing time MVV applications

The average processing time for MVV applications is 3 to 5 working days. At the time of your application you will receive information about when to collect your passport.

Have your MVV delivered by courier

It is possible to have your passport with MVV sent via Ups. If you want to do this, you can indicate it at the time of your application. The additional costs are 60.39 TI, to be paid once you have received your documents at the address you filled in.

Within Türkiye you can send your passport to your home address (on the condition that Ups delivers to your home address).

Iraqi and Syrian travel documents

Please be informed that in case you apply for a visa with an Iraqi or Syrian travel document, your application may not always be processed by the Netherlands embassy or consulate-general. The application may be forwarded to the central authorities in the Netherlands for a decision. Please be aware, that in such a case the processing time may be a minimum of 10 working days and a maximum of 2 months.