The Netherlands – The country known for its wide stretch of flat landscapes with flowing canals, areas covered with tulips and windmills in northwestern Europe embedded with cycling routes.
Its capital city, Amsterdam is home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the house where Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid during WWII. Here are the works from artists including Rembrandt and Vermeer from the 17th-century Golden Age.
With 17,283,008 people within 41,543 km2, it has some proportion of Christians, Islamic, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhist, Judaist and irreligious communities. The Natives are called Dutch and the currency used is Euro (€).
Been one of the most prosperous countries across the globe, it ranks highest in press freedom, economic freedom, human development with a decent way of living. These matters escalated the healthcare, education and the infrastructure.
Netherlands is listed as a member state of the Schengen Agreement and the European Union. The country permits the U.S. citizens to enter the country for 90 days, be it a tourist or business purpose without a visa. But the passport should be valid three months beyond the period of stay. You also need 10,000 € or equivalent with you and a return air ticket. It is not known whether they have restricted the entry of a person infected with HIV/AIDS to any foreign visitors.
There are four types of visa for the Netherlands:
The USV is a permit to traverse or reside in the desired territory for a maximum of 3 months with every six months beginning from the date of entry to any one Schengen Countries.
An Uniform Schengan Visa Holder can navigate through the countries like Spain, France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Hungary, Iceland, Slovenia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Malta, Austria, Finland, Latvia, Slovenia, Liechtenstein, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Portugal, Slovakia, Italy, Sweden, Poland, and Norway.
The Uniform Schengen Visa applies to the categories A and C based on the purpose of traveling. They are:
It’s for the Airport Transit Visa that allows the holder to transit through the international zone of the Schengen country airport without going out of the Schengen Area.
This Visa is highly essential for the inhabitants who travel from one non-Schengen state to the other by changing flights in the Schengen country airport.
It is a short-term visa that allows its holder to lodge in a Schengen Area for a specific period, based on the validity Visa. Following the holder's purpose of the travel this category Visa can be obtained in the following forms:
The Single entry visa permits the holder to enter the Schengen Area once between the allotted time periods. The visa sticker stuck on the passport mentions it. So, an exit from that particular Schengen area means an exit from that Schengen territory till you get a new Schengen visa approved. Some people confuse it with the number of countries they are permitted to visit.
Same like before with the only difference being that the holder is allowed to enter the Schengen area one more time after the first exit.
This visa holder can visit the Schengen region as many times he/she wants to visit. Depending on the frequency of the travel to the Schengen Area, following are the types of multiple-entry Visas:
This visa holder can travel to the Schengen region more often and you have at least one double-entry Schengen Visa, you can avail this type of Visa seeing that you don’t stay there for more than 90 days. *Submitting a proof of your regular traveling to the place, and the reason for your requirement for this visa is required.
This visa holder can travel in & out as many times in 3 years without violating the stay for more than 90 days. *Submitting a proof of your regular traveling to the place, and the reason for your requirement for this visa is required.
This visa holder can travel in & out as many times in 5 years without violating the stay for more than 90 days. *Submitting a proof of your regular traveling to the place, and the reason for your requirement for this visa is required.
This visa allows you to transit through the Schengen state mentioned at the time of applying for the Visa. It is invalid to unmentioned states of Schengen territory. This type of visa will apply for individuals who don’t possess a valid travel document yet they have to travel to a Schengen area on any emergency.
It comes under the category D. Individuals who wish to study, work, or permanently reside in the Schengen Area can apply. It’s a kind of Single entry visa with a sole purpose after which they should go back to their nation. Multi-entry national visa is permitted but, the individual needs to meet certain conditions to get the multi-entry national visa.
The conditions for multi-entry national visa are:
Now travelling to the Netherlands will need a reason. It could be any.
This purpose of entry is for people who need to pass through the international zone of a Schengen Country Airport without entering the Schengen Country. The Schengen states have made a very narrow list of countries which determines which country’s citizen requires a visa or not.
This type of Visa is for seafarers who need to stop in the Schengen seaport for a short period of time.
These holders plan to visit any of the countries for sightseeing and experiencing their culture, architecture, cuisine, etc.
Ones who are visiting their friends or families those staying in Schengen area can try for this visa. To be approved without any complication, the applicant must submit a letter of invitation too.
These are people who travel for business purposes. They can get a quicker approval during the peak seasons of application of visa.
If you are travelling for an official reason, no matter who you are with or on what date.
Travel for a medical treatment. This visa can enable medical care you need at any medical clinic or hospital for a period of three months.
Any pupil wishing to attend any type of educational institutions for a period shorter than 90 days can get this visa.
This is given to any participant visiting the Schengen region to participate in any cultural, sports or religious events.
If your purpose doesn’t match any of the aforementioned ones then you can tick ‘other’ and mention the purpose.
You can check the status of your Netherlands visa by going online and ‘tracking the application’
Download the application and fill the form and then you can conduct the process online.
Be clear of your purpose.
Complete the online Schengen visa application form, print it out and take it to your appointment.
The portal will guide you through the application questions and will make sure you do not forget to enter any necessary values.
All applicants applying for a short stay Schengen visa or Caribbean visa are required to schedule a prior appointment.
Please ensure you read the security regulation notices before you visit the Visa Service Centre.
Visit the Netherlands Visa Application Centre during the working hours and receive a token number.
Submit your application at the Netherlands Visa Application Centre along with the applicable visa fee in cash.
Track your application online
Collect your passport from the Visa Application Centre or wait for courier delivery.
While the fees charged for application differ for each type of visa, these are different set of charges normally applied during the visa application process.
|Type of Charge||Fees (in €)|
|Short Stay (Travel)||60|
|Long Stay (for Student visa)||50|
|Short Stay (for minors with age between 6 to 12 years)||35|
|Charges for citizens of African nations||60|
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Yes. But applicant has to provide the reason why he/she wishes to apply in India rather than in the country of residence. He/she also needs to provide his/her leave details of the school/college/organization he/she is associated with in the US.
The seaman is boarding the ship in Germany hence he will apply for a visa at the German Embassy, regardless of the contract or the flag under which the ship is sailing.
Once issued with a Schengen visa either for tourist or business purpose it can be used for travel for both the purposes. However, the applicant needs to carry documents in support of his trip which he might have to produce at Immigration when entering into the Schengen territory.
If your application is refused, the embassy will send you a written notification stating the grounds for the refusal. It will also tell you whether there are any legal remedies against the refusal, such as an objection or application for judicial review. If this is the case, the notification will also state the competent authority to which you should appeal and the time limit for doing so.
The validity of the invitation letter is for three months from the date of issue but the duration should be valid at the time of submission of application.
Visa applications are usually processed within ten (10) days, but processing times can differ depending on where you submit the application (in Delhi or at some of the other VFS centers), the purpose of travel or personal circumstances. It’s always advisable to apply for a visa well before your trip.
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