This page contains information on formalities applying to visitors coming to the Netherlands for a long stay. A long stay is defined as a visit lasting more than 90 days.
Depending on your nationality, you might need an entry visa for the Netherlands. For stays of longer than 90 days, this entry visa is called a provisional residence permit. The Dutch term is Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf, which is abbreviated as "MVV". Check our visa wizard to find out if you need a provisional residence permit. Read up on the different purposes of stay.
Formally, you are required to report to the local Aliens Police within 3 days of arrival. However, in many cities long stay visitors are no longer expected to report. Check the local procedure with your host institution or employer.
As a researcher, it is unlikely that your Dutch employer or host institution will need to apply for a work permit for you. However, in cases where a work permit is needed, it is the responsibility of the employer to apply for one. You do not need to take any action.
If you are interested in reading further information on this subject, you are welcome to visit our section on work permits.