Do You Need Visa to Visit Netherlands?

Do You Need Visa to Visit Netherlands? Check It Out!

Visa Types

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Netherlands

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Netherlands

There are three different types of visas to the Netherlands:

1. Schengen Visa - Short Stay Visa
2. Airport Transit Visa
3. National Visa – Long Stay Visa

As the Netherlands belongs to the list of Schengen countries, you should apply for the Netherlands Schengen visa to make your short trip. Reasons to apply for this type of visa can be tourism, visiting family or friends, business trips, medical examination or treatment, short-term education, exchange programs, and many other non-permanent nuances.

If you want to study in the Netherlands for more than 90 days (such as bachelor's, master's, doctoral, etc.) or work permanently in an institution located here, you can also apply for a Netherlands national visa, if you have official invitations or letters of acceptance from those educational and business institutions.


 

Netherlands Schengen Visa

The Schengen visa entitles the holder to visits of up to 90 days in every 6 months in the entire Schengen area.

 

Which Countries are in the Schengen Area?

The Schengen area is an area comprised of 26 European states that have abolished passport control at their shared borders and have adopted a common visa policy.

 

List of Schengen Countries:

Austria

Liechtenstein

Belgium

Lithuania

Czech Republic

Luxembourg

Denmark

Malta

Estonia

The Netherlands

Finland

Norway

France

Poland

Germany

Portugal

Greece

Slovakia

Hungary

Slovenia

Iceland

Spain

Italy

Sweden

Latvia

Switzerland

If your citizenship country does not have a visa exemption agreement with the Netherlands and you want to come to the Netherlands for a short stay, for a business trip, holiday, family or friends visit, you will be required to apply for a Schengen visa beforehand. This short-stay visa is valid only for up to 90 days to stay within a 180-day period in the Netherlands and all other Schengen area member states. The start date of the 180-day period is the day you enter the Netherlands or another Schengen country.

The main purposes of the visit for a Schengen visa are:

  • Tourism
  • Business
  • Family visit
  • Participating in cultural (scientific, sporting) events
  • Study (up to 90 days)
  • Work (up to 90 days)

 


 

Netherlands Tourist Visa

If you intend to visit the Netherlands with the purpose of tourism for a period shorter than 90 days, depending on your nationality, you might be required to obtain a Netherlands  Tourist visa first.

The Netherlands Tourist visa permits you to stay in the Netherlands and realize your tourist activities for a maximum period of 90 days at most per 180 days.

 
Required Documents for Netherlands Tourist Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Dutch and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

11. For Minors:

  • Copy and Dutch or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 
Processing Time for Netherlands Tourist Visa

The average processing time for a Netherlands Tourist visa is 5-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Netherlands Tourist Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application Center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Netherlands citizens
  • Parents of minor Netherlands citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals
 
Where to Apply for Netherlands Tourist Visa?

You will apply for the Netherlands Tourist Visa in Netherlands visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Netherlands Business/Congress/Trade Fair Visit Visa

A Netherlands Business visa gives you the authorization to enter the Netherlands and stay here for a maximum period of up to 90 days within six months, as permitted. It permits its holder to engage in business-related activities such as attending meetings or conferences, conducting or attending the training, conducting internal audits, installing equipment, or performing other temporary services for a client, local affiliate, or branch office.

Under the Business visa category, other following cases would be applicable:

  • Business matters/meetings/ negotiation/trainings
  • Conference/Congress/Exhibition
  • Scientific/Research events
  • Journalists
  • Official delegations
 
Required Documents for Netherlands Business Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Dutch and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

11. For Minors:

  • Copy and Dutch or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

12. Documents Reflecting the Nature of the Business Trip and the Existence of Business Relations

  • Invitation letter from company/authority in Netherlands with full address, stating the purpose and duration of the business trip and/or
    • Information on event/congress/trade fair being visited in Netherlands with details of organizer/host, with full address in Netherlands, duration of the event, and reason to take part (e.g. visitor ticket for trade fair).
    •  If applicable including information about who covers the expenses of the business trip in the Netherlands
  • Only applicable if fair exhibitor: Information on trade fair by submitting exhibitor ticket/exhibitor invoice/confirmation letter reflecting status as trade fair exhibitor.
  • Information reflecting the existence of trade relations or relations for work purposes stating details of Parties.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 
Processing Time for Netherlands Business Visa

The average processing time for a Netherlands Business visa is 5-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Netherlands Business Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application Center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Netherlands citizens
  • Parents of minor Netherlands citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals
 
Where to Apply for Netherlands Business Visa?

You will apply for a Netherlands Business visa in Netherlands visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Netherlands Cultural, Scientific, Sports Events Visa

The Netherlands  Cultural/Scientific/Sports Visa enables you to enter the Netherlands for cultural, scientific or, sports purposes, such as attending cultural events.

 
Required Documents for the Netherlands Cultural Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Dutch and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

11. Documents Reflecting the Nature /Purpose of the Journey and stay of Artist/Member of Cultural / Sports Association in the Netherlands: Artist/Athlete Member of Cultural/Sports Association in your country travels to a Cultural/Sports Event organized in Cooperation with a Netherlands Cultural/Sports Association

  • Letter of Local Cultural Association / Sports Association stating timeframe and schedule of cultural event/sports camp with details of organizer/host with full address in Netherlands, as well as the purpose of cultural camp/event and information who covers costs (accommodation, travel expenses).
  • If the applicant is under the age of 18, signed “letter of no objection” of school/university confirming participation in cultural / sports event.
  • Letter of Local Netherlands Cultural / Sports Association with full address, stating partner of cooperation, timeframe, and schedule of camp/event

12. For Minors:

  • Copy and Dutch or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 
Processing Time for Netherlands Cultural Visa

The average processing time for a Netherlands Cultural visa is 5-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Netherlands Cultural Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application Center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Netherlands citizens
  • Parents of minor Netherlands citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals
 
Where to Apply for Netherlands Cultural  Visa?

You will apply for the Netherlands Cultural visa in Netherlands visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Netherlands Visiting Family and Friends Visa

A short stay family/friend visit visa allows you to travel to the Netherlands to visit family or friends for up to a maximum of 90 days within 180 days.

 
Required Documents for Netherlands Family Visit Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Dutch and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

11. Proof of Visit / Accommodation:

         If visiting: close relatives - spouse, children, parents (including guardians), grandparents:

  • Letter of invitation
    • Must be official. A scanned version is accepted at the time of application, but it is advisable to send the original by mail as the original will be required at the border.
  • Documents proving kinship
  • A document confirming the status of the inviting person in the Schengen area
  • If the invitee stays at the inviting person’s home, documents about the house (contract, payment for utilities, etc.)

         If visiting other relatives or friends:

  • Invitation letter
    • Must be official. A scanned version is accepted at the time of application, but it is advisable to send the original by mail as the original will be required at the border.
  • Documents proving kinship (if any)
  • If the invitee stays at the inviting person’s home, documents about the house (contract, payment for utilities, etc.)

12. For Minors:

  • Copy and Dutch or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 
Processing Time for Netherlands Family Visit  Visa

The average processing time for a Netherlands Family Visit visa is 5-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Netherlands Family Visit Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application Center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Netherlands citizens
  • Parents of minor Netherlands citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals
 
Where to Apply for Netherlands Family Visit Visa?

You will apply for the Netherlands Family Visit visa in Netherlands visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Netherlands Study (up to 90 days) Visa

 A Netherlands Study visa is granted to you to undertake trips to the Netherlands for study or educational training, which requires staying in the Netherlands up to 90 days per half a year. 

 
Required Documents for a Netherlands Schengen (Study up to 90 days) Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Dutch and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Accommodation (if not indicated in the invitation) - Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, apartment) reservation mentioning applicant’s name, dates, and accommodation address details.

8. Proof of Visit

  • Personalized invitation letter from the inviting institution in the Netherlands.

9. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation), if any

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

10. Proof of Financial Means

        In case of scholarship:

  • Confirmation of receipt of a grant or scholarship from the relevant fund of the Netherlands or the EU

        In case of self-funding:

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

        In case of sponsorship:

  • Latest 6 months current account bank statement of a sponsor (showing sponsor’s name, an end balance, and date of issue).
  • Sponsorship letter, copy of the first page of the sponsor’s passport with the data.

11. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 
Processing Time for the Netherlands Schengen (Study up to 90 days) Visa

The average processing time for a Netherlands Schengen (Study up to 90 days) visa is 5-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Netherlands Schengen (Study up to 90 days) Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application Center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Netherlands citizens
  • Parents of minor Netherlands citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals
 
Where to Apply for Netherlands Schengen (Study up to 90 days) Visa?

You will apply for the Netherlands Schengen (Study up to 90 days) visa in Netherlands visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Netherlands Work (up to 90 days) Visa

A Netherlands Work visa is granted to you to undertake trips to the Netherlands for short-term work activities, which requires staying in the Netherlands up to 90 days per half a year.

 
Required Documents for a Netherlands Schengen (Work up to 90 days) Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Dutch and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Accommodation (if not indicated in the invitation) - Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, apartment) reservation mentioning applicant’s name, dates, and accommodation address details.

8. Proof of Visit

  • Invitation from your business partner in the Netherlands

9. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation), if any

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

10. Proof of Financial Means

         In case of self-funding:

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

         In case of sponsorship:

  • Latest 6 months current account bank statement of a sponsor (showing sponsor’s name, an end balance, and date of issue).
  • Sponsorship letter, copy of the first page of the sponsor’s passport with the data.

11. Depending on the Type of Works the Applicant Should Provide the Following Documents:

To construct and assemble machines, systems, and software which have been ordered from the employer and to provide instruction in their operation, service, or repair:

  • Supply contract and import/export certificate for the machines, systems, and software delivered to the Netherlands
  • Confirmation of notification of the Federal Employment Agency about the employment

To accept machines, systems, or other objects acquired for the local employer and/or receive instructions in their operation:

  • Supply contract and import/export certificate for the machines, systems, or other objects acquired in the Netherlands

To dismantle acquired, used systems for the purpose of reconstructing them in your country:

  • Sales contract and proof of financing of the acquired, used systems
  • Confirmation of notification of the Federal Employment Agency about the employment

To construct, dismantle, and manage the company's own trade fair stands or the trade fair stands of a foreign company which is resident in your country (do not need an invitation):

  • Proof of trade fair taking place, lease contract for trade fair stand

To participate in training as part of export delivery and licensing agreements:

  • Detailed training plan;
  • Proof of existing export delivery and/or license agreement.

For holiday jobs:

  • Placement letter of the ZAV (original and photocopy)
  • In the case of the internship must be provided an appropriate contract.

12. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 
Processing Time for Netherlands Schengen (Work up to 90 days) Visa

The average processing time for a Netherlands Schengen (Work up to 90 days) visa is 5-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Netherlands Schengen (Work up to 90 days) Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application Center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Netherlands citizens
  • Parents of minor Netherlands citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals
 
Where to Apply for Netherlands Schengen (Work up to 90 days) Visa?

You will apply for a Netherlands Schengen (Work up to 90 days) visa in Netherlands visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Netherlands Airport Transit Visa

Netherlands Airport Transit Visa

What is an Airport Transit Visa?

An airport transit visa allows you to change planes at a Dutch airport for onward travel to a destination outside the Schengen Area. The visa (also referred to as an 'A' visa) does not allow you to enter the Netherlands or another Schengen country. This means you cannot leave the airport, nor the international zone of the airport.

 
Changing Planes for Onward Travel within the Schengen Area: Short-Stay Visa

If you are traveling to another Schengen country via the Netherlands, you will need a short-stay Schengen visa. Airport transit visas are not valid for this purpose.

 
Changing Planes Two Times within the Schengen Area for Onward Travel Outside Schengen: Short-Stay Visa

If you are transiting through two different Schengen airports for onward travel to a country outside Schengen and the first transit airport is in the Netherlands, you need to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa. Airport transit visas are not valid for this purpose.

 
Do I Need an Airport Transit Visa?

Whether you need an airport transit visa depends on a number of things, including your nationality. The Netherlands Official Visa Adviser helps you determine whether you need an airport transit visa.

Regardless of whether or not you need an airport transit visa, it is the airline that decides to allow you onto the flight or not. Even if you have the necessary documents for your journey.

 
Exemptions

Under certain circumstances, you do not require an airport transit visa. For example, if you:

  • Have a visa or residence permit for a country in the Schengen Area, the EU or the EEA
  • Have a visa for Canada, Japan, or the United States
  • Have a residence permit guaranteeing an unlimited return for Andorra, San Marino, Canada, Japan, and the United States
  • Are a family member of a citizen of the EU, EEA, or Switzerland (you need to be able to prove this)
  • Hold a diplomatic passport
  • Hold a service or official passport. Please note: this only applies to nationals of certain countries
  • Are on-duty aircrew and a national of a country that is a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

As of February 2, 2020, you do not need an airport transit visa if you have a valid visa or a residence permit for Aruba, Curaçao, Sint-Maarten, Bonaire, Sint-Eustatius, or Saba.

 
Required Documents for Netherlands Airport Transit Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Dutch and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservations for the entire trip

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

11. For Minors:

  • Copy and Dutch or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 
Processing Time for Netherlands Airport Transit Visa

The average processing time for a Netherlands Airport Transit visa is 5-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Netherlands Airport Transit Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Netherlands citizens
  • Parents of minor Netherlands citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals
 
Where to Apply for Netherlands Airport Transit Visa?

You will apply for a Netherlands Airport Transit visa in Netherlands visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Netherlands National Visa

Even if your country is exempt from visa requirements if you intend to stay longer than 90 days you will need to apply for a long-stay visa from your home country before coming to the Netherlands.

The national visa grants entry to the Netherlands on the basis that you will be applying for a residence permit. It enables you to enter the Netherlands as a potential resident and stay while you apply for residency. You will need to convert your visa into a residence permit within three months of arriving in the Netherlands.

 


 

Netherlands Employment (National) Visa & EU Blue Card

This visa is designed for applicants wishing to take up employment in the Netherlands, as well as for high skilled persons, who are candidates for a Blue Card of the European Union.

The EU Blue Card allows third-country nationals with a university degree to take up employment in the Netherlands commensurate with their qualifications. Please note that potential Blue-Card holders need to earn a gross salary of 52.000 € or MINT profession (Mathematics / Informatics / Natural Sciences / Technology) require at least 40.560€ and shall have found a position in their field of study.

 
Required Documents for a Netherlands Employment (National) Visa & Blue Card

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Dutch and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ Netherlands resident permit

7. Proof of Employment in the Netherlands

      a) Employment contract or Contract/binding job offer

  • Containing the terms and conditions of employment with details of gross annual salary

      b) Deputation Order:

  • Confirming the deputation, including the basic information and reason for deputation

8. Proof of Qualification

      a) General employment:

  • All University degrees required and vocational Training certificate

      b) EU Blue-Card Candidate:

  • Dutch university degree or
  • Recognized foreign university and foreign degree comparable to a Dutch degree.

9. Curriculum Vitae (CV) of Professional Career, Specifying the Certificates, Diplomas, and Qualifications You Have Obtained

10. Proof of Accommodation

  • Accommodation (if not indicated in the invitation or contract) - Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, apartment) reservation mentioning applicant’s name, dates, and accommodation address details.

11. Police Record

  • A document no older than six months, that shows that you have committed no criminal activity in the last 5 years.

12. Medical Certificate

  • A document issued by a legally known physician which states that you are not suffering from any disease or that you may have a serious public health impact.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 
Processing Time for Netherlands Employment (National) Visa

The average processing time for a Netherlands Employment (National) visa is 10-60 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Netherlands Employment (National) Visa Fee

The Netherlands Employment (National) Visa fee is 285 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 
Where to Apply for Netherlands Employment (National) Visa?

You will apply for the Netherlands Employment (National) visa in Netherlands visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Netherlands Study (National) Visa

This visa is intended to permit foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in the Netherlands for a longer period. This visa applies to those who are admitted to the state college or state university in the Netherlands.

 
Required Documents for Netherlands Study (National) Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or Dutch and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ Netherlands resident permit

7. Details from your University in the Netherlands:

       a) Confirmed University Admission

  • Admission letter issued by an educational institution (school/college/university) accredited in the Netherlands
  • Must state language of instruction
  • Must contain the start and end dates of the course

       b) Confirmed Language Course with Conditional University Admission

  • Receipt/confirmation of language course payment in advance
  • Proof of conditional university admission or letter of “uni-assist” or confirmation of admission as an applicant or detailed communication with the University for a concrete subject of study

8. Knowledge Of Language, For Cases of Confirmed University Admission and Confirmed Admission to a Preparation Course for University

  • Proof of language proficiency in English (TOEFL/IELTS), if the course is taught in English
  • Proof of language proficiency in Dutch, by a recognized institute, if the course is taught (partially) in Dutch.

9. Proof of Accommodation in the Netherlands

  • This could be a rent or dorm agreement, or a letter issued by the academic institution indicating details of the accommodation. In the case of accommodation in a private residence, you must present a letter from the owners in the one that expresses its agreement.

10. Proof of Economic Solvency

       You will have to submit one or more of the following:

  • Bank statements for the last three months.
  • Scholarship award.
  • Documents that prove the studies have been paid by you or are covered by the body with which the activity will be carried out.
  • In case your parents will pay the expenses, a notarized document must be presented, signed by them, stating their commitment to cover the expenses. You should also submit a copy of parents’ banking history of the last two months, a photocopy of their passports, and your birth certificate.

11. Medical Insurance

  • You must purchase health insurance arranged with an insurance company authorized to operate in the Netherlands with a validity of one year. Travel insurance is not accepted.

12. A Certificate of Criminal Record

  • Issued in the country where you have resided in the last five years. This document too, must not be older than 90 days, must be duly apostilled, with translation into Dutch.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 
Processing Time for Netherlands Study (National) Visa

The average processing time for a Netherlands Study (National) visa is 10-60 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Netherlands Study (National) Visa Fee

When you submit your application for a Netherlands Student (National) Visa, you will also need to pay a certain fee. The fee is required in order to cover the expenses for the processing of your application. The Dutch National (long-term) Visa fee is 171 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 
Where to Apply for Netherlands Study (National) Visa?

In most cases, your university in Netherlands issue a visa for you in Netherlands itself.

In case of you are required to apply for the Netherlands Study (National) visa yourself, you will apply for it in the Netherlands visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Netherlands Family Reunion Visa

This visa is intended to permit foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in the Netherlands for a longer period. This visa applies to family members of Netherlands nationals and wishing to obtain a permit for long-term residence in the Netherlands.

 
Required Documents for Netherlands Family Reunion Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or Dutch and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ Netherlands resident permit

7. Details of Spouse

  • Passport copy
  • For spouses of foreign nationals have to submit a copy of their partners' residence permit for the Netherlands.
  • Certificate of residence of the spouse living in the Netherlands, not older than 6 months

8. Marriage Certificate

       a) Netherlands Marriage Certificate:

  • Netherlands certificate of marriage or extract from the Family Register, along with certified copies.

       b) Foreign Marriage Certificate:

  • Foreign documents or certificates are often only recognized by the authorities of a state if their authenticity and evidentiary value has been determined by a special procedure.

9. Divorce Decree of Previous Marriages or Death Certificate of Former Spouse (if the applicant has been previously married)

  • Foreign documents or certificates are often only recognized by the authorities of a state if their authenticity and evidentiary value has been determined by a special procedure

10. Proof of Accommodation in the Netherlands

  • Copy of lease certificate of the apartment in the Netherlands or title deed of owned property, if the partner is already residing in the Netherlands.

11. Proof of Sufficient Means of Substance

  • Copy of employment certificate of the foreign spouse who intends to live in the Netherlands
  • Salary slips from the past three months if living in the Netherlands.

12. Health Insurance Will Only Be Requested Where Applicable

       Requirements:

  • Proof of health insurance for the stay in the Netherlands.
  • Offer letter from a Dutch Health Insurance company, stating the expected month fees.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 
Processing Time for Netherlands Family Reunion Visa

The average processing time for a Netherlands Family Reunion (National) visa is 10-60 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Netherlands Family Reunion Visa Fee

When you submit your application for a Netherlands Family Reunion National Visa, you will also need to pay a certain fee. The fee is required in order to cover the expenses for the processing of your application. The Dutch Family Reunion Visa fee is 171 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 
Where to Apply for Netherlands Family Reunion Visa?

You will apply for the Netherlands Family Reunion National visa in Netherlands visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Netherlands Self-Employment Visa

Netherlands Self-Employment (Entrepreneurial) visa can be granted to third-country nationals investing in the national economy of Netherlands, whose who are or intend to become stockholders or shareholders, with management or administration powers in companies that are Netherlands legal entities.

 
Required Documents for a Netherlands Self-Employment Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or Dutch and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different) 
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ Netherlands resident permit

7. Company Profile

      a) Head Office

  • Name, Address, Phone, Fax, E-mail, Website
  • Subsidiaries abroad in the following countries/ cities
  • Shareholders
  • Executive Board/ Board of Directors
  • Equity capital – Registered and Paid Up
  • Annual turnover worldwide Last Year, This Year, Within EU)
  • Number of Staff (Worldwide and in Head Office)
  • Bank Connections (House Bank, Banks in other Countries)
  • Summary of the company history (year of foundation, activities, products, main markets…)

      b) New Office

  • Name, Address, Phone, Fax, E-mail, Website
  • Registered shareholders
  • Managing Director
  • Planned start of business
  • Business activities
  • Capital
  • Annual turnover in the Netherlands planned for the first and second year
  • Business references in Netherlands or Europe (Customers, Suppliers, along with their contact details)
  • Contacts in Netherlands (e.g. business partner, lawyer, tax advisor, bank…)
  • Number of planned staff (without the managing director) for first-year and after three years

8. Business Plan

  • Description of the project
  • Liquidity Planning

9. Concept

  • Business concept, products/services
  • Legal form, partners, founder members (including CVs), management, staff
  • Location, office space
  • Industry, market, competence
  • Client target group
  • Marketing-/sales strategy, co-operation partner
  • Forecast, trends, risks

10. Capital Requirements

  • Investments
    • Land and buildings
    • Renovation costs/additional costs
    • Office furniture and equipment
    • Vehicles
    • Basic equipment with goods
    • Purchase price/Takeover price
  • Non-recurring Additional Start-up Costs
    • Deposit
    • License fees, royalties, franchise fees
    • Advisory services
    • Notary/commercial register
    • Launch
    • Other
  • Operating Funds
    • Start-up costs
    • Courtage
    • Prefinancing of orders/claims
    • Other (potential provisions for a living)
  • Capital Budget
    • Liquid funds
    • Tangible assets /Goods on their own accounts
    • Affiliated loans/Third-party funds
    • Venture Capital

11. A Certificate of Criminal Record

  • Issued in the country where you have resided in the last five years. This document too, must not be older than 90 days, must be duly apostilled, with translation into Dutch.

12. Personal Details

  • Language knowledge
  • Intended function
  • CV

13. Medical Insurance

  • You must purchase health insurance arranged with an insurance company authorized to operate in the Netherlands with a validity of one year. Travel insurance is not accepted.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 
Processing Time for Netherlands Self-Employment Visa

The average processing time for a Netherlands Entrepreneur visa is 10-60 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Netherlands Self-Employment Visa Fee

When you submit your application for a Netherlands Entrepreneur Visa, you will also need to pay a certain fee. The fee is required in order to cover the expenses for the processing of your application. The Dutch National (long-term) Visa fee is 1348 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 
Where to Apply for Netherlands Self-Employment Visa?

You will apply for the Netherlands National Entrepreneur visa in Netherlands visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Netherlands Au Pair Visa

This visa is intended to allow foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in the Netherlands for a longer period. This visa applies for young people welcomed temporarily into a family, where he/she is lodged and fed in return for light everyday family tasks, to perfect his linguistic knowledge and increase his general culture through an improved familiarity with the country while participating in the life of the host family.

 

Required Documents for Netherlands Au Pair Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or Dutch and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through the Netherlands.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ Netherlands resident permit

7. Invitation Letter from Host Family Clarifying the Following:

  • At least one under-age child (minor) in the host family
  • No kinship between the au pair and the host parents.
  • That least one of the host parents speaks Dutch as a mother language

8. Agreement with the Host Family

  • This document must include the duration of the agreement, which must be no longer than a year. It should also state the work conditions – working hours, days off, pocket money, obligations, etc. -and give the address of the host family and other details about them.

9. Au Pair/Host Family Questionnaire

10. Motivation Letter (why do you wish to go to the Netherlands?) in Dutch or English

11. Documents Reflecting your Previous Education and Skills

  • School certificates
  • University degree certificates
  • Internships
  • Training
  • University and/or employment confirmation

12. A Certificate of Criminal Record

  • Issued in the country where you have resided in the last five years. This document too, must not be older than 90 days, must be duly apostilled, with translation into Dutch.

13. Medical Insurance

  • You must purchase health insurance arranged with an insurance company authorized to operate in the Netherlands with a validity of one year. Travel insurance is not accepted.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Netherlands Au Pair Visa

The average processing time for a Netherlands Au Pair visa is 10-60 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Netherlands Au Pair Visa Fee

When you submit your application for a Netherlands Au Pair Visa, you will also need to pay a certain fee. The fee is required in order to cover the expenses for the processing of your application. The Dutch National (long-term) Visa fee is 285 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Netherlands Au Pair Visa?

You will apply for the Netherlands National Au Pair visa in Netherlands visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

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FAQ

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Can I travel within the Schengen countries with a single-entry visa?

Yes. Once you have entered the Schengen territory, a single entry visa allows the holder to circulate within the Schengen territory multiple times. However, if the holder of this visa leaves the Schengen territory, he/she cannot re-enter again without a new valid visa.

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I am from the country whose citizens do not need a visa to enter Schengen area. Can I experience any problems at the border, while entering Netherlands?

You must meet certain requirements to enter the Netherlands, even if you do not require a visa:

  • The purpose of your trip to the Netherlands must be plausible and comprehensible.
  • Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond your stay in the Netherlands.
  • You must be able to finance your own living and travel costs.
  • You must hold a confirmed return flight, to prove that you are prepared to leave the Netherlands before the visa expires.
  • You must have travel health insurance for the whole duration of your stay in the Netherlands.
  • You must not pose a threat to security or public order. 
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How long am I allowed to stay in Netherlands with 1, 3, 5 years valid multiple entry Schengen visa?

This visa gives permission to its holder to enter the Schengen Area (all 26 member States) as many times as they wish, within a period of 1, 3, 5 years. However, even in this case, the visa holder is limited to remaining in the Schengen Area no longer than 90 days within a 180-day period.

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How long is my Netherlands visa valid for?

  • Schengen visas are valid for a maximum of 90 days (within 180 days) from your arrival date. The Schengen visa is not valid before the arrival date you provide on your visa application.
  • An airport transit visa is valid for the period it takes you to transfer between flights in a Netherlands airport.
  • National visas are usually issued for three months but can be valid up to 12 months, depending on your reason for requesting a visa. The national visa will cover you while your residence permit application is processed.

 

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What happens if my Netherlands visa application is rejected?

If your Netherlands visa application is rejected, you will be notified by your mission that your application has been unsuccessful. You will be informed of the grounds on which it was rejected and have one month to appeal the decision by writing to the Dutch mission. Then, your application will be reconsidered. You can also apply for a visa again if your circumstances changed.

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Can I submit my visa application through mail, a courier or through another person?

All applicants must appear in person in the Embassy/Consulate of Visa Application Center for the submission of the documents since the identity needs to be verified and biometric data must be collected. Please contact local Netherlands representatives for more precise information.

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Will my fees be refunded if my visa is refused?

All fees are non-refundable and will not be refunded if your visa application is not successful.

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Can I work in the Netherlands with a Schengen Visa?

No, you generally can not work in the Netherlands with a Schengen Visa. If you come to the Netherlands as a temporary foreign worker, you need to apply for a national visa in advance.

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Can I extend the validity of my Netherlands visa?

It is possible to extend the validity of visas only in exceptional cases, such as a natural disaster. This must be done at the Foreigners’ Office covering your area of residence.

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Can a Schengen visa be extended or transferred to a residence permit?

A Schengen visa is issued for a maximum period of stay of three months and cannot be extended. The visa must be applied for, by the traveler personally, at the Dutch Foreign Mission abroad, which is responsible for the place of residence and cannot be extended in Netherlands, nor converted into a residence permit.

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