Residence Permits and Naturalization
The Netherlands Embassy must obtain approval for the issuance of a temporary residence permit from the immigration authorities in the Netherlands. It is important that you apply for the temporary residence permit at least three months prior to your intended stay in the Netherlands. If you will not be working you will need to show that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while you are living in the Netherlands.
If one is working and holding a valid work permit and holds a temporary residence visa (MVV) for three years, then one may be able to gain permanent residency in the Netherlands.