News And Updates

Please note if you are applying for Passport/ID Card Services, this service is only available at our Edinburgh Visa Application Centre. Please go Here for location and contact details..

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    07 May 2015

    PROCESSING TIME

    Visa applications accepted at the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in London arrive the next working day in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, the Netherlands for a decision.

    The minimum visa application processing time is 14 calendar days, provided that a complete visa application is submitted.

    Applying in Manchester

    Visa applications accepted at the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Manchester are sent to the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in London, where they arrive the next working day. From there, the visa applications are sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, the Netherlands - where they arrive the next working day - for a decision.

    Once the decision has been made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, the Netherlands, the passports return to the applicants via the same route and in the same time, i.e. once the passports are returned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, the Netherlands, they reach the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in London the next working day. From there, the passports are returned to the applicants by courier. Therefore applicants should add minimum 2 extra days to the normal visa processing time, when applying in Manchester.

    Applying in Edinburgh

    Visa applications accepted at the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Edinburgh are sent to the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in London, where they arrive 2 working days later. From there, the visa applications are sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, the Netherlands - where they arrive the next working day - for a decision.

    Once the decision has been made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, the Netherlands, the passports return to the applicants via the same route and in the same time, i.e. once the passports are returned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, the Netherlands, they reach the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in London the next working day. From there, the passports are returned to the applicants by courier. Therefore applicants should add minimum 4 extra days to the normal visa processing time, when applying in Edinburgh

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    22 December 2014

    Important changes to visa applications from 1 March 2015

    • As of 1 March 2015, the way in which visa applications can be submitted in the UK will change. From the 1 March 2015, all visa applicants will only be able to submit their visa applications upon appointment at the VFS Global offices in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. As of this date, it will no longer be possible to apply for a visa at the Netherlands Embassy in London or the consulates in Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Harwich, Hamilton Bermuda, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester, Southampton and Dover.
    • Given current budgetary constraints, it will unfortunately no longer be possible to provide this relatively expensive service across the whole of the UK.
    • The following applicants will still be allowed to submit their application at the Embassy in London after the 1 March 2015: diplomats, MVV applications and applications for the Dutch Caribbean. All other categories, including Orange Carpet, will have to go to VFS Global. There may be exceptions, but these will be dealt with on an individual basis after the applicant has notified the Embassy of the emergency or special circumstances. It will be up to the Embassy’s discretion to decide whether the applicant may or may not submit their application at the Embassy.
    • For further information, please see the Embassy website: click here.
    • All applicants must have a passport that is not more than 10 years old as of the date of return from their scheduled trip. The same applies to passports issued more than 10 years ago that have since been extended. In this case applicants must renew their passport before making their visa application.