Applying for an authorisation for temporary stay (mvv)

If you are a non-EU national and you want to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days, it is likely that you will need a residence permit. In some cases, you will first need to apply for an authorisation for temporary stay (mvv). This is a special entry visa. Using the combined Entry and Residence procedure (Toegang en Verblijf, TEV) you can apply for the mvv and subsequent residence permit.

Last updated on 18 May 2021

Your nationality and the mvv

Your nationality will determine whether you need to apply for an mvv, even if you do not live in your country of origin or have a residence permit in another country.

If you have the nationality of one of the following countries, you do not need an mvv to apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands.

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Vatican City
  • United States of America
  • South Korea

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, you do not need to apply for an mvv or a residence permit. If you are a family member of an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, you do not need to apply for an mvv and you can apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands without it.

Conditions

When you apply for the mvv and residence permit, you will need a purpose for your stay, such as studying, working or visiting a family member. Each purpose of stay is accompanied by a set of conditions that must be met. There also are general conditions that apply to everyone.

If you want to stay in the Netherlands with a family member or work as a religious leader, you must have successfully completed the civic integration exam abroad before you can apply for the mvv.

Applying for an authorisation for temporary stay (mvv)

Usually, it is the sponsor in the Netherlands who applies for the mvv. The sponsor is the person you are going to stay with in the Netherlands or the organisation that arranges your stay (e.g. a school or employer). The sponsor applies to the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) for the mvv.

If you do not have a sponsor, you can apply to the Dutch embassy in your country of origin or the country where you have a permanent residence permit for the mvv. Please consult the website of the Dutch embassy where you intend to submit your application for more information. See the overview of all cities where you can apply for the mvv and that offer the integration exam.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Law on foreign nationals 2000, Article 2p

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