A non-EU/EEA relative (spouse, registered partner or child) who will stay with you in the Netherlands for more than 90 days will need a Dutch residence permit.
In most cases they will also need a provisional residence permit (mvv), which needs to be collected at a Dutch embassy before they travel to the Netherlands.
Relatives who require an mvv:
- Relatives who need an mvv must wait to collect their mvv sticker at their Dutch embassy outside of the Netherlands - before entering the country to join you;
- There are two ways to submit the mvv application for your family member:
- When you arrive in the Netherlands you can submit the application directly to the Dutch Immigration Services (IND). This is called an MVV-REF application. This is generally faster than starting the procedure at a Dutch embassy abroad.
- Once approval for your relative’s mvv is issued they can collect the mvv sticker at their local Dutch embassy and may then travel to the Netherlands.
- You submit the application to the Dutch embassy (outside the Netherlands). This is called an MVV-DIP application. Your relative needs to wait for an approval outside of the Netherlands, and collects the mvv sticker at the Dutch embassy upon approval.
Relatives who do not require an mvv:
While it’s possible to start the residence permit application process upon their arrival in the Netherlands, the IND advises they submit the application and wait for the outcome while still abroad. This will prevent disappointment if your relatives are unable to enter the country due to an unapproved application.