Types of Visas in the Netherlands
Individuals from countries like Algeria, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Libya, North Korea, Pakistan, and other countries need to apply for a visa before entering the Netherlands. This is applicable for individuals who want to immigrate to the Netherlands but also to those who are only interested in traveling or studying for a certain amount of time in the country. Our team of immigration lawyers in Neherlands can offer you specialized assistance.
Dutch visas for short stays
Short-stay visas are applicable for non-EU/EEA nationals who want to stay in the Netherlands for up to three months. This is commonly used for travel purposes or for family members who are only visiting and are not necessarily interested in family reunification. Some nationals are allowed to visit Aruba, Curacao, St Maarten, Bonaire, St Eustatius or Saba without a visa. One of our Netherlands immigration specialists can give you more details on visiting these locations.
The Type A short-stay visa is used by nationals who are passing through an international airport zone in one of the Dutch airports. The following nationals are required to obtain an airport transit visa when passing through the Netherlands (for the purpose of changing their flight) in their travel to their destination: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Nepal, Sudan, Syria, South Sudan, Sierra Leone.
The Type C short-stay visa is required for all individuals (depending on nationality) who are exiting the airport and staying in the country for up to 90 days within a six-month timeframe. This is also referred to as the tourist visa or the Schengen visa. This is also used by those individuals who are planning on crossing more than one Schengen country.
Dutch visas for long stays - presented by our immigration lawyer in Netherlands
All individuals who want to stay in the Netherlands for more than the three-month period (and are not EU/EEA nationals) must apply for a long-stay entry visa. A residence permit is also required although in some cases the individual can apply directly for this type of permit.
Immigration to the Netherlands is permitted under a number of conditions, including one particular condition that requires the individual to live in the country for an uninterrupted period of five years. After this point, individuals can apply for permanent residency in the country.
Dutch visas and permits are issued after a special application and the submission of the required documents.
A few general requirements are asked of all the individuals who enter the Netherlands: have a valid passport (for at least six months following the entry date in the country); have travel insurance; prove the travel purposes and be able to support yourself financially during the duration of the stay. Individuals who pose a threat to others or are included on a list of people banned from entering Schengen countries cannot meet the general requirements to enter the country.
Dutch Visas for Under-Age Children
Dutch Visas for Business Purposes:
Dutch Visas for Medical Purposes:
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If you need personalized information about traveling to and staying in the Netherlands you can get in touch with our immigration lawyers in Netherlands who offer professional and affordable immigration services in the country. In case you are an American citizen, you can apply for a DAFT visa with the help of our Dutch lawyers. In case you are interested in emigrating to other countries, such as Spain or Portugal, we can put you in contact with our partners.