So I went back to the city yesterday morning to pick up my passport from the Dutch consulate.
And finally, after not-quite 5 months, here is my MVV sticker! (Well, I photographed part of it.)
The entire MVV sticker is large enough to pretty much take up the entire passport page. It is a temporary visa which allows me to enter and leave the country as needed (though it’s not in the plans to come and go THAT early on). Within 8 days of arriving, one needs to apply for permanent residency. So oh joy, back to the IND again.
But at least we have a break for a few weeks!
Hi i enjoyed your blog and going through mvv process as well now. Do you know if we submit mvv at the embassy in DC is it worth it to just wait til they’re done so they dont have to send it anywhere?
I am not entirely sure what you are asking by stating “waiting until they are done”, but it depends on a few factors. Namely your nationality – if you’re American or from some other select countries, you don’t need to do an MVV at all. As an American I did an MVV because of the family migration measures which were passed on Oct 1 2012, because I wanted to move here before I got married, rather than marrying first. But it is likely that this law will be revoked soon. It looks like it already was actually: http://english.ind.nl/nieuws/2013/planned-reintroduction-of-partner-policy.aspx?cp=111&cs=385
If one of the persons is a Dutch citizen, you will have a lot less hassle if the Dutch citizen does it through the IND in the Netherlands rather than involving a consulate in America. But that brings along the complication of the Dutch citizen needing to request advice first (free) before actually applying for the MVV (not free). This adds a bit of extra time to the waiting, however, if the Dutch citizen receives positive advice from the IND (step 1), the consulate grants your MVV much more quickly (step 2) – usually.
I must stress that since I was an American requesting an MVV I received a lot of strange looks (since it is not required) and a lot of roadblocks along the way. One being that I was told I needed to take the insburgeringsexamen (which is untrue, I did not have to take it).
If you are a non-American living in the US, you can either contact the DC consulate or have your Dutch partner (if they are Dutch) do it through the IND in the Netherlands by starting with the advice process. The latter method (advice) is much more common.
I hope this helps a bit!
Hi Niki, im indonesian and my husband is american, im going to be researcher in leiden and spnsoring him for visa, so we figured easier to get mvv together. The IND through university told us we can go pick up the sticker in DC but when i called the embassy, they said they’ll hold our passport and will send it to us with the sticker in 5 business days. Im just nervous because im never separated from my passport and wondering whether the process could be faster than 5 days so i can just hang around DC to wait for it…