Family Member of EU/EEA/Swiss National

Overview

A short-stay Schengen visa with ‘Family member of EU/EEA/Swiss citizen’ as the purpose of travel is for those wishing to travel to or within Europe with family members who are EU, EEA or Swiss nationals. Certain conditions apply.

A short-stay visa lets you visit the Netherlands for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. It is also valid in the other Schengen countries.

You will need to meet the following 3 conditions:

  1. You are a family member of a citizen of the EU, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland.
  2. Your family member will be travelling to or staying in an EU country other than the country whose nationality they possess.
  3. You will be travelling with your family member or joining them in the country they are visiting.

If you can prove that you meet these conditions, you can get your visa faster and free of charge. You will still have to pay a service charge if you apply for your visa via the Visa Application Centre.

Please note: this procedure does not apply to family members of Dutch nationals travelling to or living in the Netherlands, unless they have recently worked/lived in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland.

Who counts as a family member?

Family members are:

  • Spouses/partners/common law spouses.
  • Direct descendants (children) who are under the age of 21 or are dependants, including the children of the spouse or partner.
  • Dependent direct relatives in the ascending line (e.g. parents), including the parents of the spouse or partner.

Right of free movement

European Directive 2004/38/EC governs visa facilitation and visa exemptions for visa-requiring family members of EU/EEA/Swiss nationals. These nationals are exercising (or have exercised) their right of free movement. They may be entitled to an accelerated visa procedure and a free-of-charge visa. An EU/EEA/Swiss national is exercising their right of free movement if they move to or reside in (or have recently moved to or resided in) a member state other than that of which they are a national.

Visa Fees

  • Please note that VFS Global offers an additional optional service for visa applicants in India. VFS Charges an extra service fee for this service, to be paid by the applicant.

    • For the official visa fees charged by the Dutch government click here.
    • VFS charges an additional service fee of INR 1180/- and convenience fee INR 160/- (for provision of multiple modes of payment) per application.
    • The service fee and convenience fee have 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.
    • All fees are non-refundable.

Documents Required

Step 1: Complete the application form

Complete the online application form, print it out and take it to your appointment.

Step 2: Get all the required documents (checklist)

Get all the documents required for your application. The checklist explains which documents you need to provide and which requirements they must meet.

For every document submitted, you must provide the original (to show at the counter) and a photocopy (to be attached to the visa file). The documents must have been drawn up in (or translated into) Dutch, English, French or Spanish.

You are not required to submit a photo for short-stay Schengen visa applications. Your photo will be taken at the Visa Application Centre itself.

Your biometric data (fingerprints and a digital photograph) will be collected during your appointment. This will remain valid for 5 years. Some applicants, such as children under the age of 12, do not need to provide this data.

If you apply for a subsequent visa within these 5 years, you do not have to provide fingerprints again.

Please be aware, when applying for a visa at an external service provider, it cannot be checked at the desk whether your fingerprints have been stored in the systems in the past 5 years. If it turns out the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not have your fingerprints, you will be asked to return to the External Service Provider for a second time to register your fingerprints.

Processing Time

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you intend to travel. You should apply no later than 15 working days before your trip.

In most cases, you will be informed within 15 calendar days whether your application has been successful. Sometimes it can take up to 30 days if more time is needed, and up to 60 days in exceptional cases, for example if extra documents are required.

Some Schengen member states want to exchange information on visa applicants. This check (known as ‘consultation’) is mandatory for certain nationalities and can take up to 7 days.

You can track the status of your application using your track & trace code. If you have any questions about the status of your application, please contact the Visa Application Centre.