HOW TO APPLY

All Russian and CIS countries citizens when entering the Netherlands and other countries under the Schengen agreement have to apply for a visa. Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your ‘purpose of visit’. Schengen visa has to be obtained from the Embassy / Consulate of the country where the Main Purpose of Travel lies. In case of travel to more than one Schengen country, please submit your application to the Embassy / Consulate where you will be staying for the maximum number of days. In case of equal stay, one has to apply at the Schengen country which is first port of entry. We are here to assist and help you through the entire visa application process but are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa and how much time it will take to process, as this is entirely the prerogative of the Netherlands Embassy to decide on.

All applications for Short stay visa are accepted at the Visa Service Centre. To submit your documents you need to schedule an appointment.

Note: Netherlands visa application centre in St.Petersburg also accepts visa applications for Luxembourg. The requirements and list of supporting documents are the same as for the visa to the Netherlands.

From 14 September 2015 all applicants above 12 years old applying for a Schengen visa must submit biometric data. To apply for visa to the Netherlands applicants have to submit ten fingerprints. Biometric data will be stored in the Visa Information System (VIS), which is an IT system that allows the Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to facilitate the issuance of visas and the control at external borders and to improve safety.

In order to submit their biometric data, all applicants must come to Visa Application Centre of the Netherlands the first time they apply for a visa. For subsequent applications within next 59 months visa applications can be submitted without personal appearance.

Attention! The Netherlands Embassy is entitled to request applicants to come for a second time to the Visa Application Center when the fingerprints of the applicant have not been correctly registered in EU VIS. This request has to be made in order to guarantee a smooth procedure when passing the border. We would recommend all applicants to give the fingerprints even if fingerprints have already been taken during a previous visit at the visa application center.

Please read below the rules of submission in Moscow and regional visa centres:

All visa applications have to be submitted by applicants in person. However, personal appearance of applicants can be waived in the following cases:

  • Children up to 16 years old.

    Application may be submitted by:

    • close relative: parent, brother/sister (older than 18), grandparents (with confirming documentation: birth certificate, marriage certificate, documents proving change of surname/name).
    • third party with the notary power of attorney from both parents.
    • In case of a previous submission of fingerprints for a Schengen visa during 59 month prior the date of application

 

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