Spouse Visa for Netherlands

Updated on Wednesday 27th January 2021

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If your spouse or partner already lives in the Netherlands or is a Dutch national, you can join them under certain conditions. In order to obtain a spouse visa for Netherlands, you will need to apply for the right type of permit with the Immigration and Naturalization Department. 
An important distinction is made between EU and EEA nationals and other foreign citizens. The conditions that apply do depend on the applicant’s nationality but there are also certain criteria that apply in all cases.
Our Dutch immigration lawyer is ready to assist you if you are interested in coming to the country as a spouse or partner. Our team can help you check the needed documents and submit the application. We can also give you details on a joint application for Dutch citizenship.

Main conditions for obtaining the spouse visa for Netherlands 

Joining a partner or spouse who is already living in the country with a residence permit in Netherlands or who is a Dutch national is subject to a set of conditions that apply irrespective of the applicant’s nationality. The following conditions apply for the spouse visa for Netherlands:
  • Relationship: the applicant and the partner are married or entered into a registered partnership; alternatively, they are unmarried but have a long-term, exclusive relationship;
  • Minimum age and accommodation: the applicant and partner are both at least 21 years of age and they are going to live together;
  • The partner’s situation: the applicant’s partner is either a Dutch national or has a valid residence permit in Netherlands;
  • Civic integration: the applicant needs to pass the civic integration examination abroad (note that this is only required in some cases).
  • Income: the partner who the applicant will be joining in the Netherlands has independent and sufficient income or declares that he/she will be the sponsor.
Turkish nationals can be subject to different conditions when applying for the spouse visa for Netherlands

Spouse visa application steps

The main steps for applying for the spouse visa for Netherlands will depend on whether or not the applicant required a temporary residence permit (MVV) or not. Many foreign nationals are not required to obtain this additional document. For example, Canadian nationals will not require the MVV while Chinese applicant will also need to apply for it.
Below, our team of Netherlands immigration specialists highlights the application steps when the MVV is required:
  1. Prepare for the civic integration examination: this step takes place before the MVV application and it is an important condition to obtain the document;
  2. Apply for the MVV: two options are available: you can apply for the MVV yourself with a Dutch representation in your country of origin or your partner in the Netherlands can apply for it with the Immigration and Naturalization Department;
  3. Collect the MVV: if the decision is a favorable one, you will be able to collect the MVV within 3 months from receiving the letter;
  4. Travel to the Netherlands: you can now book your flight and travel to the Netherlands; the MVV will be valid for 90 days.
Once you have arrived, you can collect the residence permit, register with the municipality, and take our health insurance. 
The civic integration examination is required for those foreign nationals who arrive in the country based on a temporary residence permit.  Below, our team of immigration lawyers in Netherlands presents some of the most important details about this exam:
  • the examination takes place at the Dutch embassy or consulate in the applicant’s country of origin;
  • the questions test one’s knowledge about the Dutch language and society;
  • a self-study pack is available;
  • the results are issued within 8 weeks;
  • you can submit the application for the MVV once you have passed this exam.
Some of the costs associated with applying for the spouse visa for Netherlands are the following:
  • the spouse visa application costs 174 €;
  • lower fees are available for Turkish nationals (under the Association Treaty signed by the Republic of Turkey) of 68 € with an MVV and 58 € without this document;
  • the civic integration examination application costs 150 €.
Individuals who already have a residence permit can change the reason for their stay so that it will be for the purpose of living with their spouse or partner.
When applying for the spouse visa for Netherlands, the applicant needs to enclose a set of documents in the application as well as translate and legalize all official documents that are not in Dutch, English, French, or German. One of our lawyers can provide more information about the needed documents so that you can make sure that your application for the spouse visa for Netherlands is submitted accordingly.
Contact our immigration lawyer in Netherlands for more information on the condition for obtaining the visa that allows the applicant to live with his or her spouse or partner. We also assist couples who wish to apply for Dutch citizenship.