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You will need a Netherlands visa to enter the Netherlands. By applying from VisaHQ, your Netherlands visa will be processed in the next business day. VisaHQ ensures its applicants always receive their visas as soon as possible.

The Netherlands, also known as Holland, is a nation that holds a lot of significance in the world. It is among the founding members of NATO, Schengen, the European Union, and many others. In addition, the Netherlands is the largest exporter of tulips and is located in the Northwestern part of Europe.

The country is famous for its flat geography, low land, and many windmills all over the country. Travelers that want to travel to the Netherlands must acquire a Netherlands Schengen visa, also known as a C-visa or short-stay visa. You can travel to the country for any purpose, such as business, tourism, work, etc.

Citizens from other Schengen and visa-exempt countries won’t have to apply for a visa to enter the Netherlands. They’re free to enter and can stay for 90 days without a permit. However, if you’re from a country that is not visa-exempt and isn’t in the Schengen zone, you will need to apply for a visa.

This guide will help inform you how to apply for a visa to the Netherlands.

Can I get a Dutch visa for work or study?

Yes, if you’re highly educated, you can apply for an 'Orientation year highly educated persons' residence permit, which allows you to work in the Netherlands with no restrictions. This permit is valid for one year.

Netherlands entry requirements

European Union nationals only require an identification document to gain entry into the Netherlands because the member states have abolished borders for their citizens due to the common travel area of the Schengen zone. Therefore, if you’re a citizen of the European Union, you won’t need a permit/visa and will only require a passport/ID to enter the Netherlands.

You will require the following documents if you’re not a European Union national.

  • A valid travel document or passport with at least two blank pages and a validity of more than 6 months beyond your date of departure from the Netherlands. Your passport should also not be older than 10 years.

  • A visa to the Netherlands.

  • A return airline ticket that shows you will return to your national country after your trip or an onward trip ticket showing you will leave the Schengen territory to another country.

  • A travel insurance that is valid for the entire Schengen area with minimum funds of €30,000 for covering medical expenses and emergencies.

  • You must have sufficient funds. The Dutch consulate or embassy in your nation country requires that you should have at least €34 to spend per day on your trip to the Netherlands.

The Dutch border officer will ask certain questions regarding your trip to the Netherlands, such as the purpose of your visit, duration of stay, and location of where you will be staying on your trip to the Netherlands.

Remember, the Dutch border police have the final say in whether or not you can enter the Netherlands. After they check your documents and ensure they’re genuine with no false or missing information, you will be granted entry into the Netherlands.

Ensure the Dutch border officer stamps your passport when you’re entering the Netherlands. A stamp is necessary; otherwise, you can be fined or detained in the country.

How do I apply for a Netherlands Visa in India?

You can apply for a Netherlands visa for India by visiting VisaHQ. Selecting India as your national country and the Netherlands as the country you want to travel to. After selecting these options, proceed to fill out the application form for your Netherlands visa. Before you fill out your Netherlands visa application form, ensure you’re eligible for the specific visa type you’re applying for.

Following are the steps for you to do after you’ve selected your national country and designated country on VisaHQ.

  • Fill out the required information on the visa application form and pay the fee. Ensure all provided information is true and correct and there isn’t anything missing.

  • When you’ve filled out the application form, take a printout of the completed application form.

  • Now, book an appointment at any of the VACs in India for your Netherlands visa application form submission. Unfortunately, the Netherlands embassy doesn’t accept direct applications for Schengen visas of citizens from non-visa-exempt countries and countries that aren’t in the Schengen zone.

  • Visit the VAC with your completed visa application form, required documents, and the required fees in person. You will also submit your biometrics at the VAC.

What should I do if my Dutch visa application is rejected?

If your Dutch visa application form is rejected, you will receive a letter with the rejected visa application form. This letter will inform you whether or not you’re eligible to register an objection and, if you are eligible, then it’ll inform you on how to register an objection.

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