EU Guidelines Application

Overview

Visa Facilitation for family members of EU/EEA and Swiss nationals

Family member means:

Family members are:

  • Spouse/partner/common law spouse
  • The direct descendants (children) who are under the age of 21 or are dependents, and those of the spouse or partner.
  • The dependent direct relatives in the ascending line (e.g. parents) and those of the spouse or partner.

Applicant will have to provide evidence that he/she falls under this category. Applications for Schengen visas for this purpose is free of charge; service fees are applicable if application is handed in at a visa service center.

Important notice: 

This procedure does not apply to family members of Dutch nationals travelling to or living in the Netherlands.

Directive 2004/38/EC governs visa facilitation and visa exemptions for family members with a visa-required nationality of EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who are exercising (or have exercised) their right of free movement. They may be entitled to a relaxed (free of charge and accelerated) visa procedure. An EU/EEA/Swiss national is exercising his/her right of free movement if he/she moves to or resides in (or has recently moved to or resided in) a member state other than that of which he/she is a national.

Eligibility

You are eligible if you can prove objectively that all of the following requirements are met:

        
  1. You are a family member of an EU/EEA/Swiss national.
    (this includes a spouse, registered partner, child who is under 21 or a depending family member); and
  2. you are accompanying the EU/EEA/Swiss national or planning to join him/her; and
  3. this EU/EEA/Swiss national is travelling to or is residing in another member state than that of which he/she is a national.

If you think you qualify for visa facilitation you will need to show proof that you meet all of these criteria when you submit your Schengen visa (type C) application. The accelerated procedure means that you need not answer the questions on the Schengen visa application form marked with an asterisk (*), which are numbers 19, 20, 31, 32, 33 and fewer supporting documents are required. Family members of EU, EEA or Swiss citizens must present documents to prove their relationship and fill in fields no 34 and 35 of the visa application form. The Schengen visa fee will be waived.

Detailed information about the procedure for verification against EU-law is available on the website of the IND: https://ind.nl/en/other/eu-eea/Pages/Family-member-with-different-nationality.aspx

Visa free travel

If you are in the possession of a valid residence permit for Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus (Rep.), Ireland, Romania, or the United Kingdom explicitly stating ‘family member of an EEU/EA/Swiss national’, you do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands.

 


Visa Fees

Visa Facilitation for family members of EU/EEA and Swiss nationals

Applicant will have to provide evidence that he/she falls under this category. Applications for Schengen visas for this purpose are free of charge

Service fees are applicable.

Please note:

In addition to the visa processing fee stated in Fee table above, VFS charges a service fee of INR 1167/- and convenience fee INR 160/- (for provision of multiple modes of payment) per application. As of the 02 July 2018, the service fee and convenience fee has to be paid online when scheduling an appointment to submit the application; without pre-payment of these fees, you will not be able to secure an appointment. These fees are in principle non-refundable, even if you do not attend your appointment. For more information, please contact our helpline number : 022-67866007 or email to: infonorth.nlin@vfshelpline.com. More information about the pre-payment of the service fees, can also be found here.  

VFS India also offers several additional, optional services:

  • Courier @ INR 310/- per applicant (All VFS’s service charges are inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@9%)
  • Premium Lounge @ INR 2055/- per applicant (All VFS’s service charges are inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@9%)
  • SMS @ INR 85/- per applicant (All VFS’s service charges are inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@9%)

Kindly note that if you have submitted your application at any of the VFS Visa Application Centres (VACs) with the exception of VFS New Delhi, and you wish to collect your passport at VFS New Delhi rather than the VAC where you submitted your application, an additional fee of INR 310/- will be charged per applicant for the keeping of the passport at VFS New Delhi.

The additional services can either be paid in advance when making an appointment or can be paid in cash at the visa application centre.

Documents Required

Visa facilitation for family members of EU/EEA/Swiss nationals

If you apply for a visa to visit the Netherlands or the represented countries on, you need the documents as per below checklist.

Click here for the documents required

Photo Specifications

Processing Time

The legal processing time for a Schengen visa is 15 calendar days. Please note that your passport will be kept during the visa application process.

Download Forms

Online Form

Important Information

Dear Applicants,

Please be informed that the applicants might be contacted directly by the Embassy for information regarding additional documents or interview request through e-mail or phone. Therefore, please ensure that details are written in correct and readable format. It is also advisable to write the e-mail address in BLOCK LETTERS.

We humbly request you to adhere to this instruction to avoid delay in the visa processing.