Procedure

 

If you wish to come to the Netherlands for more than 90 days, you have to apply for a Provisional Residence permit (mvv) and/or a residence permit at the Immigration- & Naturalisation Service (IND) in the Netherlands.

 

If you start the procedure you will receive a V-number. A V-number is a unique number, which is used for identification by the IND and cooperating organisations. The number is listed in the correspondence and is also printed on the backside of the residence document itself.

On this page you will find general information on how to apply for an mvv and/or a residence permit.

 

 

For EU/EEA or Swiss citizens and their family members other rules apply

 

Provisional residence permit
Entry and Residence (TEV) procedure
Application for a residence permit without an mvv
Notification before you submit an application
TEV procedure without a sponsor
Completing the form and gathering the documents
Submitting your application and paying the fees
Assessment of the application
Response to your application
Arrival in the Netherlands
Other information


Provisional residence permit (mvv)

To come to the Netherlands, you will require a Provisional Residence Permit (mvv). An mvv is a visa that allows you entry to the Netherlands. You or your sponsor apply for an mvv and a residence permit at the same time. This is called the Entry and Residence Procedure (TEV procedure).

Not everyone needs an mvv to apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands. Below you will find an overview of nationalities who are exempt from this requirement as well as specific circumstances for which an mvv is not required.

You will not require an mvv when:

  • You currently hold a (valid) residence permit for the Netherlands.
  • You have the nationality of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, United States of America or Vatican City.
  • You have the nationality of one of the following EU/EEA member states or Switzerland: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.
  • You are a family member of an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, but you yourself have another nationality.
  • You currently have a permanent residence permit as a 'long-term resident-EC CE' issued by another EU member state.
  • You have been a 'holder of a European Blue Card' for 18 months in another EU Member State and you now apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands as a 'holder of a European Blue Card'. The same applies to your family members.
  • Your child has been born in the Netherlands and is part of your household. This exemption only applies when your child is 12 years or younger and you, the parent(s), have lawful residence in the Netherlands.
  • There may be extraordinary circumstances that prevent you from applying for an mvv in your own country. In most cases, however, you can only apply for a residence permit if you first have been granted an mvv. For more information please contact the IND.
  • You qualify for a residence permit with the purpose of residence 'cross-border service provision'.
  • You do not have a residence permit and you have fallen victim to (or might fall victim to) honour-related violence or domestic violence.
  • You do not have a residence permit and you are a victim of or witness reporting human trafficking. You cannot or will not file a report or collaborate in another way with the criminal investigation and prosecution of the human trafficker because of important reasons.
  • You have a valid residence permit issued in a Schengen member state* and a recognised sponsor has applied for your residence permit.

* Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, czech republic, Iceland, Sweden, Switzerland.

 

This overview is not complete. More information is given in the application form. You can also contact the IND for more information.


When you are not required to have an mvv you can apply for a residence permit directly.

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Entry and Residence procedure (TEV procedure)

If you need an mvv the TEV procedure will be initiated. This means you apply for both an mvv and a residence permit at the same time. When you have a sponsor in the Netherlands, your sponsor can start the TEV procedure. The sponsor is the person or organisation with an interest in your coming to the Netherlands. Your sponsor fills in the application form and, including the requested documents, sends it to the IND.

If you prefer to submit the application yourself, you have to start the TEV procedure in person at the Dutch embassy or consulate.

Please note that there are certain purposes of stay for which only a (recognised) sponsor can submit an application.

 

Staying in the Netherlands during the TEV procedure?

In general, you must await the decision on the TEV procedure abroad. In this way, the IND can assess if you meet all the conditions before you come to the Netherlands.
If exceptional circumstances arise which make it necessary to be in the Netherlands during the TEV procedure, you have to report these circumstances to the IND before entry. After assessing all the facts and circumstances it can be determined if you are permitted to stay in the Netherlands with a short stay visa or 90 days free term during the TEV procedure. It is your own responsibility if you choose to stay in the Netherlands during the TEV procedure without first contacting the IND.

 

 

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Application for a residence permit without an mvv

When you are exempt from the mvv requirement, your sponsor may apply for a residence permit while you are still abroad. In the application form your sponsor can indicate your estimated arrival.

 

You or your sponsor may also submit the application by post when you have already arrived in the Netherlands.

If you prefer to submit your application in person, you can do so at a regional IND desk in the Netherlands. To submit the application in person, you have to make an appointment. To make an appointment you can contact the IND on working days from 9.00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. via 088-0430430  (local call charges plus any additional costs charged by your operator when calling with your mobile phone).
Again do bear in mind that there are certain purposes of stay for which only a (recognised) sponsor can submit an application.

Please note that if you do not have an mvv, but you are required to have one, your application will be refused. Such a decision affects your ability to remain in the Netherlands, unless there are special circumstances exempting you from having to apply for an mvv in your country of origin or country of continuous residence. If this is the case, it is strongly recommended to contact the IND first before submitting the application. You will also first need to send a notification to the IND before submitting the application.  

 

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Notification before you submit an application

There are certain purposes of stay for which you first need to notify the IND before you submit the application.

If you are in the Netherlands and you want to submit an application for: 

  • Being unable to depart through no fault of your own; 
  • Medical treatment;
  • Stay under Section 8 ECHR; or Other humanitarian grounds,

you first need to notify the IND, by using the appropriate form below: 
(only available in Dutch)

Kennisgeving aanvraag verblijfsvergunning regulier 8 EVRM/humanitair (7049) (Notification of an application for a regular residence permit under Article 8 ECHR/humanitarian grounds (7049))
Kennisgeving aanvraag verblijfsvergunning regulier humanitair tijdelijk 'medische behandeling' (7050)  (Notification of an application for a regular residence permit on humanitarian grounds 'temporary medical treatment' (7050))

If you are in the Netherlands and you want to submit an application for a residence permit, but you want to be exempt from the requirement of an mvv, due to: 

  • Health reasons, whereby you are unable to apply for a regular provisional residence permit in the country of origin;
  • Being a victim of or witness to human trafficking;
  • Being unable to depart from the Netherlands as this is contrary to Section 8 ECHR;  
  • Special and individual circumstances apply making it not possible to return to the country of origin to apply for an mvv,

 

Please use:
Kennisgevingaanvraag verblijfsvergunning reguliervoor bepaalde tijd (7051) (Notification of an application for a temporary regular residence permit (7051))

If you are in the Netherlands and you cannot leave due to your health, you may request to delay your departure. Please then use the following notification form:
Kennisgevingaanvraag uitstel van vertrek op grond van artikel 64 Vw (7053) )Notification of an application for suspension of departure under Section 64 of the Aliens Act (7053))
 

 

 

 

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Application TEV procedure without a sponsor

If you do not have a sponsor in the Netherlands you can initiate the TEV procedure at the Dutch embassy or consulate in your own country or the country where you live. 


You may also submit an application for a TEV procedure at the Dutch embassy or consulate when you are exempt from the mvv requirement as an alternative to first travelling to the Netherlands to submit the application there. This may save you the trouble and costs for travelling to the Netherlands without the certainty your application will be granted.

 

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Completing the form and gathering the documents

To apply for the TEV procedure or the residence permit without an mvv, you or your sponsor will need to fill out an application form. This form must be completed in full. You will also need to gather certain documents and submit them together with your application. The conditions and the documents depend on the reason why you want to apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands. The application form states which documents you should include with your application.

When you include official foreign documents, these documents may need to be legalised and/or translated

All documents must either be in Dutch, English, French or German. If this is not the case, please have the documents translated by a sworn translator and include both the translation as well the original document with the application. If you do not have the document translated in the Netherlands by a translator certified by a Dutch court, but abroad instead, the translation also has to be legalised.

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Submitting your application and paying the fees

Once you have fully completed the form and gathered all the required documents, you can submit your application.

Depending on the type of application you have different ways to submit your application:

 

Application TEV procedure:

  • Your sponsor submits the application by post. The application form states the address where your sponsor should send the application form.
  • You submit your application at the Dutch embassy or consulate in your own country (country of origin) or the country of continuous residence. A country of continuous residence is a country where you are allowed to lawfully stay for more than 90 days. For instance: you have the Moroccan nationality and you are currently staying in Egypt holding an Egyptian residence permit with a validity of 1 year. This means that Egypt is your country of continuous residence. You can then apply for an mvv at the Dutch Embassy or Consulate in Egypt.

 

Application for a residence permit without an mvv:

  • Your sponsor submits the application by post. The application form states the address where your sponsor should send the application form. You do not have to be in the Netherlands when your sponsor submits the application.
  • You initiate the TEV procedure at the Dutch embassy or consulate in your own country (country of origin) or the country of continuous residence.
  • You or your sponsor submit the application for a residence permit without an mvv by sending the application form by post to the IND after you have arrived in the Netherlands.
  • You submit your application in person at a regional IND desk in the Netherlands. To submit the application in person, you have to make an appointment. To make an appointment you can contact the IND on working days from 9.00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. via 088-0430430  (local call charges plus any additional costs charged by your operator when calling with your mobile phone). After having made an appointment, a confirmation of this will be sent to your address, together with the application form.

 

Fees

The application costs money. Once the IND has received your written application, you will be sent payment instructions. When applying at the Dutch embassy or consulate you will receive payment instructions there.

If you submit the application in person at the IND desk, you must pay these fees in full upon the appointment. The fees can be paid in cash or by debit card. Payment by credit card is not possible nor does the IND offer payments in instalments.

The fees will not be refunded if your application is refused.

After having submitted your application in person and having paid the requested fees, you will receive a sticker in your passport, called 'residence endorsement sticker' (verblijfsaantekening). This is your proof of lawful stay in the Netherlands awaiting the procedure. The sticker also states if you are allowed to work.

The sticker cannot be placed in a passport that is no longer valid. Also, validity of the sticker may not exceed the validity of your passport. You should therefore ensure the validity of your passport and renew your passport in good time.

If the application has been submitted by post, it is also possible to make an appointment for a residence endorsement sticker.


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Assessment of the application

The IND assesses your application. This means the IND will check whether you meet the conditions and that you have the correct documents to support your application. The conditions and documents depend on the reason why you want to apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands.

Assessment of your application may take some time. Sometimes the IND needs to verify your documents in your country of residence. The IND is allowed to take up to 90 days to make a decision.

If you want to check the status during the procedure you can contact the IND Public Information Centre via 088-0430430  (local call charges plus any additional costs charged by your operator when calling with your mobile phone). Keep your V-number or your case file number at hand. 

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Response to your application

You will receive either one of the following responses to your application:

 

1. Your application is approved

The mvv and/or residence document will be issued. You or your sponsor will receive written confirmation that your application has been approved.
You can collect your mvv from the Dutch embassy or consulate in your own country or the country of continuous residence. To collect your mvv at the Dutch embassy or consulate you will often need to make an appointment.

 

The residence permit can be collected in the Netherlands at the regional IND desk. In order to be able to make a residence document, the IND needs your fingerprints, passport photo and signature. Please check biometric details to see how and where you can provide these.

 

2. Your application is refused

In this case, you will receive a letter (decision). The decision sets out the reasons for not issuing an mvv and/or residence permit. The letter will state whether and where you can register an objection.

 

Passport validity

The mvv is a visa that is placed in your passport (as a sticker). The embassy or consulate will check your travel document (passport) and will then place the mvv in your passport. The passport must be valid for 3 months more than the validity of the mvv. With a valid passport containing an mvv sticker you have 90 days to travel to the Netherlands.


Even if you do not need an mvv, your passport must be valid for at least 3 to 6 months.

 

Validity of the mvv

If your mvv application is granted, the IND will also authorise the Dutch embassy or consulate to issue you with an mvv. The IND authorisation is valid for 3 months. This means that you have 3 months to collect your mvv. Your sponsor will receive a letter from the IND granting the application. From the date of the letter you have 3 months to collect the mvv. If you do not collect your mvv within this period, you will need to submit a new application.

 

Travelling with an mvv

The mvv is also referred to as a D-visa. The D-visa is valid for 90 days from the commencement date stated in the visa sticker that is placed in the passport.

You can use the D-visa to enter and leave the Netherlands (and other Schengen countries). You can stay in other Schengen countries for a maximum of 90 days within each period of 180 days.

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Arrival in the Netherlands

Collecting the residence document

In the TEV procedure the IND will, after granting the mvv, immediately issue your residence permit. Once you arrive in the Netherlands you can then collect your residence document within 2 weeks.

 

In order to be able to make a residence document, the IND needs your fingerprints, passport photo and signature. Please check biometric details to see how and where you can provide these.


You must collect the residence document in person from an IND desk. A letter on this subject will be sent to you or your sponsor, informing you where you can collect the document and which papers you need to take with you. You do not need an appointment to collect your document. Apart from the residence document you will also receive a leaflet explaining your rights and responsibilities.

If you are a highly skilled migrant, you can also collect your residence document at an expat centre. You will then, however, do need to make an appointment.

Children under the age of 18 can only collect their residence document when accompanied by their parent(s) or legal representative.

If the document is not yet available after your arrival in the Netherlands, you may receive an endorsement sticker (verblijfsaantekening) in your passport. This is your proof of lawful stay in the Netherlands. The sticker also states if and under which conditions you are allowed to work. You will need to make an appointment to receive this sticker.  

The sticker cannot be placed in a passport which is no longer valid. Also, the validity of the sticker may not exceed the validity of your passport. You should therefore ensure the validity of your passport and renew your passport in good time.

 

Term of validity of the residence permit

The validity of your residence permit depends on the purpose of your stay. Your residence permit can be issued for a maximum period of 5 years. The term of validity of your residence permit is stated on your residence document.

 

Registration Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP)

When you arrive in the Netherlands you will need to register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) in the municipality where you will be living.

Please note: To register with the municipal authority you will need a legalised and translated birth certificate from your country of origin. You can obtain more information about this from the municipal authority where you will be living.

 

Tuberculosis test (TB test)

You will receive a residence permit under the explicit condition that you will actually undergo a TB test within 3 months after the permit has been granted. In order to undergo the TB test, you must make an appointment with the Municipal Health Service (GGD).

 

Civic integration

If you are granted a residence permit, you may need to integrate. If you need to integrate you will get a letter from DUO. The letter will tell you that you have an obligation to integrate. The letter will also tell you what your integration period is. Please note that if you do not integrate in time, you may no longer be able to remain in the Netherlands. More information on the obligation to integrate can be found on www.inburgeren.nl.

 

Travelling with your residence permit

With a valid residence permit and a valid travel document you can travel to and stay in the Schengen area without the need for a visa.

If your residence permit is expired or will expire during your trip you may apply for a return visa while awaiting the procedure to have your residence permit extended or changed.

 

Illegal stay

Is your residence permit no longer valid and you have not applied for an extension or change of purpose of stay? You are then staying in the Netherlands illegally. You have to leave the Netherlands as soon as possible. 

 

Entry ban

If you are staying in the Netherlands illegally or you do not apply for an mvv in your country of residence before entering the Netherlands, you face the risk of being issued an entry ban for the Schengen area.


Personal Data Protection Act

You apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands. The Dutch authorities therefore need data from you. The IND will process your data carefully according to the Personal Data Protection Act (Wbp).


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Other information

Civic integration
Extension of residency
Change in purpose of stay
Permanent residence
Lost documents
Duration of procedures
Register an objection
(Recognised) sponsors
Legal obligations
Enforcement
Leaving the Netherlands