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All about your Visa

Important information - please read

Please note: not all travel documents are recognized by the Netherlands. If you apply for a visa with such a non-recognized travel document, your visa application can be declared inadmissible. More detailed information is available on the European Union website ( Go to the website, then to the section Info on the right-hand side and click on ‘Travel documents issued by third countries and territorial entities (Part I)’.

Applications should be submitted in person (also babies and children).

For every document submitted, you must provide the original (to show at the counter) and one copy (to be attached to the visa file).

The documents are to be presented in (or translated to) Dutch, English or French.

The documents submitted will not be returned. Only the travel document will be returned.

All applicants must comply fully with the documents required for the category of visa they are applying for. Incomplete applications may not be accepted, and alternative documentation other than that which is stated on the website also may not be accepted.

You may submit your visa application at at the Netherland Visa application Centre Doha Qatar.

All applicants applying for a visa need to schedule a (prior) appointment to submit their application.

Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your purpose of visit – do remember VFS Global can assist and help you through the entire visa application process but is not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since the work of VFS Global is primarily administrative in nature, VFS Global has no say on whether you will be granted a visa and how long it will take to process the application.

You may need a Schengen visa to stay in the Netherlands for a period of maximum 90 days in any 180-days period (short stay visa).

When you apply for a Schengen visa you should specify whether you need a single or multiple-entry visa. If such a visa is granted, it allows you to stay up to a maximum of 90 days in any 180 days period.

If you intend to travel in more than one country in the Schengen area, you must apply for a visa at the mission of the Schengen country where you intend to stay longest. If you intend to stay in each Schengen country for the same length of time, you must apply for the visa at the mission of the Schengen country to which you will travel first when entering the Schengen area.

To check which nationalities need a Schengen visa to enter The Netherlands and general information, click the below link: Click here

An application for a Schengen visa must be submitted to the consulate at least 15 working days before the intended visit. In general, an application can be lodged earlier than 6months before the start of the intended journey. The processing of visa applications usually takes up to 15 working days approximately. But it can sometimes take up to 60 days, if more information is needed. For instance, you may need to undergo screening.You can now apply for a short stay Schengen visa 6 months in advance.

Important note:

The minimum processing time of a visa application is 15 working days approximately. Applicants are advised to leave enough time between the appointment date and travel date to have their visa application processed. No guarantees can be given on the visa application’s return date as delays may occur.

A short stay Schengen visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At the border or during other controls you may, for instance, have to provide information on your means of support, how long you intend to stay in the Schengen country, and why you are visiting the Schengen country.

You also should be able to prove you have sufficient funds for your stay in the Schengen area. In the Netherlands this is a minimum of € 34 per person per day. In some cases, such checks may result in a refusal for the visa holder to enter the Schengen country or the Schengen area.

It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when you applied for the visa (for example letters of invitation, travel confirmations, medical health insurance, other documents stating the purpose of your stay). This will help to make the border control procedure easier and avoid delays at the border.

If you want to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days, you may require an authorization for temporary stay (MVV). More information can be obtained from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND): Click here

The data collected physically (application files), will be forwarded each working day to the Consular Service Organization  for processing.

The electronically encrypted data is transferred at the latest at the end of the working day to the Consular Service Organization in Netherlands for processing.

If you are a family member of an EU/EEA or Swiss national you may qualify for an accelerated free visa procedure as long as you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are a family member (this includes a spouse, registered partner, child who is under 21 or a depending family member) of an EU/EEA or Swiss national (or of his/her spouse/registered partner);
  2. AND

  3. That EU/EEA national or Swiss national is residing in another Member State than that of which he/she is a national or travelling there to take up residence;
  4. AND

  5. You are accompanying the EU/EEA national or planning to join him/her.

If you think you qualify for visa facilitation you will need to show proof that you meet these criteria when you submit your visa application and the visa fee is waived.
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