Netherlands Worldwide

Applying for a long-stay visa (MVV) for residents of the United Arab Emirates

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 the United Arab Emirates, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands consulate-general in Dubai.

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

Make an appointment

MVV applications will be processed at the consulate-general in Dubai. As soon as an applicant has received a positive notification from the IND in the Netherlands, an appointment can be scheduled.

Make an appointment via the online appointment system.

You will receive an email from the consulate-general when you can collect your MVV.

Collect your MVV

After your MVV is placed in your passport, you can collect it from the consulate-general in Dubai on:

  • Monday: 8:30 - 9:00 and 15:00 - 16:00 hours
  • Tuesday: 15:00 - 16:00 hours
  • Wednesday: 15:00 - 16:00 hours
  • Thursday: 8:30 - 9:00 and 15:00 - 16:00 hours

You do not need to make an appointment. First check which days our offices are closed.