Applying for an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV)

If you are a non-EU citizen 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 a machtiging tot voorlopig verblijf – MVV (authorisation for temporary stay). This is a special entry visa. Using the combined Toegang en Verblijf   – TEV (Entry and Residence procedure) you can apply for an MVV and subsequent residence permit.

Last updated on 13 July 2022

Citizenship and the MVV

Where you hold citizenship 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 hold citizenship 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 an 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 an MVV.

Applying for an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV)

Usually, it is the sponsor in the Netherlands who makes the MVV application. The sponsor is the person you are going to stay with in the Netherlands or the organisation that arranges your stay (e.g. an education institution or employer). The sponsor submits the MVV application to the Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst (IND).

If you do not have a sponsor, you can apply for an MVV at the Dutch embassy in your country of origin or the country where you have a permanent residence permit. 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 an MVV and that offer the integration exam

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Law on foreign citizens 2000, Article 2p

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