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Return Visa

Overview

This visa can be applied for by foreign nationals who have obtained a long-term residence permit for the Kingdom of Netherlands on a permanent basis but temporarily have no valid residence document because it has been stolen or lost or has expired during a stay abroad.

 

Visa Fees

Please note that VFS Global offers an additional optional service for visa applicants in Vietnam. 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 VND 410,000 (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.

Documents Required

To be submitted on the day of application. The documents can be in English or in Dutch. Documents in any other language should be accompanied with an authorized translation.

Click here for a list of the required documents and submit all the required documents as mentioned in the PDF.

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.

In some cases, additional documents might be required. Official documents must be recent (maximum 3 months) and Vietnamese documents must be certified.

Note: Applicants are requested to submit all documents on A4 sized paper. Please also use a minimal amount of staples to keep the submitted pages together.

Photo Specifications

As a part of biometric data collection, your digital photograph will be taken with full face visible and without sunglasses or tinted spectacles or head covering, unless worn for religious or medical reasons. Your face should be clearly visible with no hair across the eyes.

Your photograph must be taken according to the ICCAO standard. See the Photomatrix Guidelines 2020 (originally meant for the photograph you had to bring) for examples of what is accepted and what is not.

Processing Time

The legal processing time for a Schengen visa is 15 calendar days. Applicants are strongly advised to ensure that their application is submitted at VFS at least 3 to 4 weeks before the travel date but no earlier than 6 months prior to their departure to the Netherlands. Please be aware that in the run-up to holidays (generally the period March up to and including July) and festive seasons the waiting time to get an appointment increases considerably.

Please note: In individual cases the processing time may be extended from 15 days up to a maximum of 30 or 60 days. After applying for your visa, you will not be able to borrow your passport back while your visa application is being processed.

Also, kindly only make travel plans that you can cancel until your passport has been returned to you.

Download Forms

PDF icon Online Schengen visa application form

Important:

  • 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.