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MVV - Authorisation of Temporary Stay


MVV - Authorisation of Temporary Stay

Depending on your nationality, you or your sponsor may need to apply for a Provisional Residence Permit (MVV). An MVV is a visa that is issued for a stay longer than 3 months. You, or your sponsor, submit an application both for an MVV and a residence permit at the same time. This is called the Entry and Residence Procedure (TEV).

If you need an mvv the TEV procedure will be initiated. When you have a sponsor in the Netherlands, your sponsor starts the TEV procedure. The sponsor is the person or organisation with an interest in your entry to the Netherlands. Your sponsor fills in the application form and sends it with all the requested documents to the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) of the Ministry of Security and Justice in The Netherlands.

Assessment of the application

The IND assesses your application. This means the IND will check whether you and your sponsor meet the requirements and that you have the right documents to support your application. The requirements and documents depend on the purpose 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 0900-1234561 (€ 0.10 p.m. plus any additional costs charged by your operator when calling with your mobile telephone). Keep your V-number or your case file number at hand so you can be helped more quickly.

For more detailed information about the procedure, plus the entry conditions for all nationalities for stays both longer and shorter than 90 days, visit the website of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND).

Visa Fee

MVV fees are paid by referent or applicant directly in the Netherlands, once the approval has been received, it is issued free of charge.

For more detailed information about the procedure, plus the entry conditions for all nationalities for stays both longer and shorter than 90 days, visit the website of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND).

After approval of the IND you can apply for your MVV at the Netherlands Embassy in Pretoria. Please make an appointment on their website.

Documents Required

Documents to bring once your MVV is approved

  • Valid passport
  • Two recent, good quality, passport sized, color photographs on a clear light background (grey/white)
  • Completed MVV application form
  • The documents requested in the approval letter which your sponsor receives from the IND. These may be copies of documents that were already submitted to the IND in the Netherlands.

The IND authorization 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.

You can use the MVV-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.

To register at the municipality in The Netherlands, an apostilled birth certificate is required.

Photo Specifications

Note: The photographs submitted must meet with these specifications.

Please provide One recent photographs (not more than 3 months old) of yourself. The photographs should be in colour and:

  • Taken against a light background (white or off-white) so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background.
  • Clear share quality and with the face in focus.
  • Printed on normal photographic paper (camera print).
  • Full face, non-smiling [without sunglasses, a hat/cap or other head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of their religious belief or ethnic background].
  • Please stick (not stapled) one Photograph on the Visa Application Form and the second photograph to be handed over separately along with the documentation during submission at the visa application center.

Note: Please follow these instructions carefully. If photographs presented do not meet these requirements your application will be considered incomplete.

Processing Time

The minimum processing time for MVV (ref) applications submitted at the Dutch Embassy in Pretoria is two working days (48 hours).

Download Forms

MVV application form:


  • The Visa Application Form has 3 pages.
  • The form should be printed back-to-back.
  • You can obtain this form from VFS Global Visa Application Centre or from the website.

Download Instructions:

  • The forms are in PDF format.
  • You will need an Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and download these forms.
  • Please click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.