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

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 authorization for temporary stay (MVV).

Do I need an MVV and/or a residence permit?
Applying for a residence permit and an MVV
Long-stay visa for residents of this country or region
How to make an appointment for an MVV, at the Dutch embassy in Tehran?
What is the procedure upon arrival at the embassy?
Processing time and collection
you are a national of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) member state or Switzerland.
you are a national of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City
you are a national of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea or the United States
you are a family member of a national of an EU or EEA member state or Switzerland
you are a long-term resident of the EU and hold a permit for long-term residence in the EU. Your family members do not need an MVV either if they have lived with you in that EU country
You already have a valid residence permit for another Schengen country and a recognized sponsorsubmits the application for a residence permit. In this case, family members do not need an MVV either
You have held a valid EU Blue Card for at least 1.5 years in another EU/EEA member state. In this case, family members do not need an MVV either.
through a host in the Netherlands (such as an employer, family member or educational institution)
In person at a Dutch embassy or consulate.
study
work
a work placement
co-habiting with or marrying someone who lives in the Netherlands
family reunification
The MVV issue form
Your passport and a photocopy of the personal details page. Your passport must be valid for at least another 6 months
If you live in a country of which you are not a national: your residence permit and a photocopy of the permit
a photo that meets Dutch requirements
a copy of the letter stating that your application has been approved and what your alien registration number (V number) is
All other documents listed in the letter from the IND and a photocopy of each of these documents.
Working Holiday Programme (WHP) and Working Holiday Scheme (WHP)
Independent entrepreneur
Startup
Foreign investor
the MVV issue form
Your passport and a photocopy of the personal details page. Your passport must be valid for at least another 6 months from the date on which the MVV is placed in your passport
a photo that meets Dutch requirements
If you live in a country, of which you are not a national: your residence permit and a photocopy of the permit.
In Iran, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Tehran.

Do I need an MVV and/or a residence permit?

Whether or not you need an MVV and/or a residence permit depends on things like your nationality and the purpose of your stay.

No MVV or residence permit required

You do not need an MVV or residence permit if:

For more information on staying in the Netherlands for a long period without a residence permit, please consult the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

Residence permit required but no MVV

You can apply to the IND for a residence permit (without an MVV) if:

Go to the IND website to find out what you need in order to apply for a residence permit.

MVV and residence permit required

If none of the situations above applies to you, you will need an MVV and a residence permit.

Applying for a residence permit and an MVV

You can apply for a residence permit and an MVV in two ways:

If you have a host in the Netherlands, in most cases your host will have to submit the application to the 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:

In these cases, your host will be an educational institution, your employer, a family member or your spouse or partner.

How does your host apply in the Netherlands?

Your host can submit the application directly to the IND. How they need to do this depends on why you need a residence permit and/or an MVV, for example for work or study. The IND website has a list of the documents your host will need to provide. It also explains how your host can apply for your residence permit. If you have any questions about this, you can contact the IND.

What do I need to do once the application is approved?

The IND will send your host a letter confirming that the application has been approved. The letter also explains how you can apply for an MVV and what documents you need.

Within 3 months of your host receiving the letter, make an appointment with the embassy or consulate to apply for your MVV.

Take the following documents to your appointment:


Your MVV will be ready for you to collect from the embassy or consulate within 15 days.

You must travel to the Netherlands with the MVV in your passport.

The IND will let your host know when your residence permit is ready. You can then make an appointment at the IND office to collect your permit.

Applying yourself at an embassy or consulate

In the following cases, you should submit your application for an MVV and residence permit yourself:

You should apply to the Dutch embassy or consulate in person. You should make the appointment yourself.

Below you can read how to do this in your country.

Which documents should I take to my appointment?

Take the following documents with you:

During your appointment, the embassy or consulate will check your application and take your fingerprints. You do not pay for the application at this appointment.

What happens after the appointment?

The embassy or consulate will give you your alien registration number (V number) and an invoice. You will also be given forms that you need to fill in and send to the IND yourself by post. In many cases, you will also have to send additional documents to the IND. These will be listed in the notification you receive from the embassy or consulate.

The IND will process your application within 90 days. If the IND’s decision is positive, you must hand over your passport at the embassy or consulate where you submitted the application. Your MVV will be placed in your passport within 15 days.

You must travel to the Netherlands with the MVV in your passport. The IND will let you know when your residence permit is ready. You can then make an appointment at the IND office to collect your permit.

How to make an appointment for an MVV at the Dutch embassy in Tehran?

Please note that only applications for long stay visa (MVV's) can be submitted at the Dutch embassy in Tehran.

You will have to make an appointment via the online appointment system of the embassy.

What is the procedure upon arrival at the embassy?

Your name will be verified on the appointment list.
If you are more than 30 minutes late, you may be requested to make a new appointment.
Before entering the waiting area, you will have to leave your mobile phone in one of the lockers.
Upon entering the waiting area, you take an entrance number. This number is needed to submit your application at one of the visa counters.
If your application is not complete or if the photo appears to be retouched or not of a recent date, you might be requested to make a new appointment.
Your application will be registered at one of the counters.
During the registration process you will be asked a number of questions.
In case you will have to pay fees, you will receive a receipt of your payment.
Your visa application, supporting documents and passport will be kept at the embassy.
Processing time and collection

The processing time of an MVV application is normally 1 week. The date of collection will be mentioned on your receipt.

You can collect your passport on the following days and times:

Sunday to Wednesday from 14.30 - 15.00 hours
Thursday from 12.00 -12.30 hours
You do not need to make an appointment to collect your passport. Before you come however, please check the days that the embassy is closed.

Your passport does not necessarily have to be collected by yourself. It can also be collected by a person duly authorized by you (copy of his/her ID with your signature).

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