I am an EU citizen (not Dutch), with an EU child, married to a non-EU spouse (South African). I am moving to the Netherlands and am trying to understand the process.
My problem is I am getting conflicting information from the IND in the Netherlands as opposed to the embassy in South Africa.
The IND states we need to have my wife apply for a Schengen 90-day visa in South Africa, then apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands once we arrive.
The Dutch embassy in South Africa told me that we cannot apply for a Schengen, but should rather apply for a MVV.
My questions are:
- Do we apply for a Schengen or MVV visa in South Africa to allow my wife to enter the Netherlands?
- Can we travel together to the Netherlands and may my wife remain in the Netherlands while the residence card is being processed?
- If a Schengen visa, is it not a problem if the 90 days run out prior to the residence card being issued?
- On the IND website link I provided, the EU family member has to prove that: 'Has lawful residence in the Netherlands (a proof or registration or a valid residence document)' - what does this requirement mean?
I have a small child and want to avoid a situation where he would be separated from his mother.