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. 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).

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:

Visa for staying in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days: authorization for temporary stay (MVV)

If you want to visit the Netherlands for an uninterrupted period longer than 90 days, you must apply for an authorization for temporary stay (an MVV) at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Doha. First you will have to make an appointment:

Visa Fees

Visa Fees applicable for MVV (National Visa):

MVV visa fee is not applicable as it has to be paid by the applicant directly to the account of the Immigration Service in The Netherlands.

Documents Required

For document requirements / more information on MVV procedure - click here

Photo Specifications

Photograph Quality

Photograph quality

  • The photographs must be:
  • No more than 6-months old
  • 35-40mm in width
  • Close up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up 70 -80% of the photograph
  • In sharp focus and clear
  • Of high quality with no ink marks or creases

photograph quality 2

  • The photographs must:
  • Show you looking directly at the camera
  • Show your skin tones naturally
  • Have appropriate brightness and contrast
  • Be printed on high quality paper, and at high resolution Photographs taken with a digital camera must be high quality colour and printed on photo-quality paper.

Style and lighting

photograph style and lightening

  • The photographs must be:
  • Be colour neutral
  • Show your eyes open and clearly visible-no hair across your eyes
  • Show you facing square on to the camera, not looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or tilted, and showing both edges of your face clearly
  • Be taken with a plain light-coloured background
  • Be taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows or flash reflections on your face and no red eye

Glasses and head covers

phtograph glasses and head covers sample

  • If you wear glasses:
  • Be colour neutral
  • The photograph must show your eyes clearly with no flash reflection off the glasses, and no tinted lenses (if possible, avoid heavy frames - wear lighter framed glasses if you have them)
  • Make sure that the frames do not cover any part of your eyes.
  • Head coverings :
  • Are not permitted except for religious reasons, but your facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown.

Expression and frame

Expression and frame

  • Your photographs must:
  • Show you alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible), looking at the camera with a neutral expression and your mouth closed.

Processing Time

The processing time of a MVV visa is approximately 3 months. For more information please consult the website of the Netherlands Immigration Service: Click here

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