Prior to arrival in the Netherlands

LIMES comments on COVID-19 immigration measures

Last updated: 19 October 2020

The IND has approved your application (and you do not need an entry visa (MVV)) and you want to travel to the Netherlands
If you live in one of the countries that are ranked as epidemiologically safe, you are allowed to enter the Netherlands.

In order to qualify you should have received a letter from the IND (kennisgeving) stating that you will receive an European blue card or a Dutch residence permit as highly skilled migrant, as ICT, researcher, student (college, university), family member of a highly skilled migrant, ICT, student and/or family member of a Dutch sponsor (partner, spouse, child).

Does this apply to you? You should book a flight directly to the Netherlands (no transit). You are obliged to bring certain documents with you when travelling to the Netherlands.

Feel free to contact us if our assistance is required or if you are curious to learn if you are allowed to travel to the Netherlands.

The IND has approved your TEV-application (including entry visa (MVV)) and you want to collect your entry visa (MVV)
Most Dutch Embassies or Consulates are open again. Therefore, we advise you to contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulate involved on a regular basis to check wether the appointment for collection of an entry visa (MVV) is possible again.**

Might the Dutch Embassy or Consulate not have reopened yet, you can only collect an entry visas (MVV) in urgent cases.

Feel free to contact us if our assistance is required with contacting the Dutch Embassy or Consulate or if you are curious to learn if your case can be considered as urgent.

You are not able to collect your entry visa (MVV) within 3 months
If you were not able to collect your entry visa (MVV) within 3 months, you will have 3 more months to collect it. As soon as the Dutch Embassy or Consulate reopens, you can make an appointment and at your appointment you are supposed to explain that you could not pick up your entry visa (MVV) sooner because of the measures to combat COVID-19.

Might the Dutch Embassy or Consulate reopens after 6 months, they will handle your case flexibly. Again, at your appointment you are supposed to explain that you could not pick up your entry visa (MVV) sooner because of the measures to combat COVID-19.

Please note, some Dutch Embassies or Consulates are reopening, some are still closed. Therefore, we advise you to contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulate on a regular basis to check wether the appointment for collection of an entry visa (MVV) is possible again. Feel free to contact us if our assistance is required with contacting the Dutch Embassy or Consulate.** Feel free to contact us if our assistance is required with contacting the Dutch Embassy or Consulate.

Your entry visa (MVV) has expired and your were not able to travel to the Netherlands before the expiration date of your entry visa (MVV)
If your entry visa (MVV) expired and you were not able to travel to the Netherlands, you can make a new appointment as soon as the Dutch Embassy or Consulate reopens, but within 3 months of the expiration date of your entry visa (MVV). At the appointment you are supposed to explain that you could not travel with your entry visa (MVV) because of the measures to combat COVID-19. The Embassy or Consulate should reissue your entry visa (MVV).

If it has been more than 3 months since your entry visa (MVV) has expired, the Dutch Embassy or Consulate can not re-issue a new entry visa (MVV). Therefore, you must submit a new application, after receipt of a positive decision your can make a new appointment for collection of a new entry visa (MVV).

Please note, some Dutch Embassies or Consulates are reopening, some are still closed Therefore, we advise you to contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulate on a regular basis to check wether the appointment for collection of a (new) entry visa (MVV) is possible again. Feel free to contact us if our assistance is required with contacting the Dutch Embassy or Consulate.**

You have a valid entry visa (MVV) for the Netherlands or another Schengen country and you want to travel to the Netherlands
With a valid entry visa (MVV) you should have access to the Netherlands or another Schengen country. Please note, traveling is not recommended.

Your employee is not able to come to the Netherlands
Under the obligation for sponsors to provide information, you must report this to the IND within 4 weeks. Might the employee join the company at a later date, this should also be reported within 4 weeks of the start date of the employment or start date of the Dutch residence permit.

**The Dutch Embassies and Consulates are reopening. Please note, we expect a shortage of available appointments and therefore issuing your entry visa (MVV) might take longer than usual. We advise you to contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulate on a regular basis.

Publication date: 8 April 2020

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