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

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 Zimbabwe, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Harare.

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

Make an appointment via the online appointment system of the Netherlands embassy in Harare to apply for your long-stay visa (MVV). Please note that appointments made through this link are not interchangeable. The embassy will only assist with a visa application if a visa appointment is made.

If you have already applied for a visa, you can check the status of your application.

Collecting your MVV

Following your appointment, you can collect your passport and MVV after 1 working day.

Are you a resident of Malawi or Zambia? You can also have your passport returned to you after the appointment. Once you traveled back to Malawi or Zambia, you can send your passport by mail to the embassy in Harare. The embassy will then send back your passport and MVV.