Netherlands Worldwide

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

You may need a residence permit if you want to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days. Depending on your nationality and the purpose of your stay you may also need to apply for a long-stay visa before you travel to the Netherlands. This visa is also called an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV).

It is important that you apply for an MVV at least 3 months prior to your intended stay in the Netherlands. In most cases, your host in the Netherlands will apply for an MVV on your behalf. The application is lodged with the Dutch Immigration Service (IND). Once the IND has approved the application you can make an appointment with the Netherlands embassy in London to complete the process. 

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

How to pick up your MVV at the Netherlands embassy in London?

Once you have received the approval from the IND you will need to book an appointment with the embassy via our online appointment system to hand in your passport. Please note that the MVV cannot be issued on the same day as the file has to be sent to the Netherlands.

With your passport you will need to submit a completed MVV issue form, passport photographs that meet the Dutch requirements and any other documents stipulated by the IND in the approval letter.

When can I lodge an MVV application at the Netherlands embassy in London?

If your host in the Netherlands has not applied for an MVV on your behalf, you may also start the procedure yourself by submitting an MVV application at the consular section of embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London.

To apply for an MVV as a highly educated migrant seeking employment, please make an appointment via the online appointment system. More information on an MVV for an orientation year as a highly educated migrant seeking employment can be found in this information sheet. The information sheet explains the conditions for eligibility, the application process and the payment of the application fee. 

It is important that you apply for an MVV at least three months prior to your intended stay in the Netherlands and that your UK residence permit does not expire whilst the application is being processed. The IND has to make a decision within 90 days. 

Civic integration exam

Certain foreign nationals who require a MVV and who wish to settle in the Netherlands for a prolonged period will have to take a test, the civic integration examination ('basisexamen inburgering'), in their country of residence before they can submit their application for a temporary residence permit.

On the website of Naar Nederland you can find more information on how to prepare for the civic integration exam.

Note: If you wish to apply for the Dutch nationality you will have to pass a different exam, a citizenship test ('inburgeringsexamen voor naturalisatie').