Family Members Of EU EEA Nationals
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.
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/EER country or Switzerland.
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.
You are eligible if you can prove objectively that all of the following requirements are met:
- 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
- you are accompanying the EU/EEA/Swiss national or planning to join him/her; and
- 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: Click here
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.
Please note that VFS Global offers an additional optional service for visa applicants in Oman. 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 service charge:
Apart from the visa fee, VFS service charge in OMR of the equivalent of 16.25 Euros (for submission with biometrics) inclusive of VAT per application will be levied for applicants applying at the visa application centre.
- Visa Fee Payment can only be made in cash.
- All fees are non-refundable.
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.
Instructions for applicants below 18 years
For minors (under the age of 18), application form must be signed by both parents/legal guardians. Copies of both parents’ passports are required with a Consent letter .The consent letter you can download under the tab download forms: Minors Consent Form
|Permission minor child consent form|
- Complete the online Schengen visa application form, print it out and take it to your appointment. It is strongly recommended to complete the form using the online portal instead of the paper format.
- The portal will guide you through the application questions and will make sure you do not forget to enter any necessary values.
The minimum processing time of a visa application is 15 working days. 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.
The Embassy is not in a position to update on the visa application status. This can only be done through the tracking application number your received when you applied or through our helpdesk
Please note that your passport will be kept during the visa application process. Applicants documents will be sent to Consulaire Service Organization in the Hague, The Kingdome of Netherlands