The Netherlands is in the Schengen area, this refers to the free travel area established by most EU member states in which freedom of movement is granted. Hence, the visa application largely depends on the reason for wanting to travel to the Netherlands. There are different types of visas and each of them has its own requirements.
The different visa types include; single-entry, double-entry, multiple-entry, and airport transit visas that enable holders to enter the Netherlands for stays up to 90 days in periods of 180 days. Single-entry visa grants one-time entrance whereas double-entry visa holders may travel twice at designated times. On the flip side, a multiple entry visa grants consecutive visits as long as it does not exceed the time constraints.
Anyone who has a Schengen visa will be allowed to move around the Schengen area without being harassed. 26 European countries make up the Schengen area among which bother controls are abolished. Applicants who wish to travel in the Schengen area either for business-related or touristic visits are obliged to obtain a Schengen visa for stays up to 90 days within a period of 180 days.
Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland all combine to make the Schengen area.
Documents Needed For An Application
The first thing applicants need to know is that there are certain documents needed for general applications before we begin to narrow some down to the reason for traveling to the Netherlands.
- The first thing to do is to download the application form from the website. Once you have done that you fill the form completely and make sure you do not put any false information, else it will disqualify you.
Note: Alternatively, applicants can also fill the Netherlands Schengen visa electronically and then print a hard copy.
- Two recent passport photographs showing the whole face having a very light white background must be attached.
- Applicants are to have their passports alongside previous visas that are valid for at least three months beyond the return date. However, the passport must have at least two blank pages.
- A copy of your return-ticket reservation. Subsequently, you are not to purchase your ticket before getting your visa.
- A cover letter is required, in it, you are to state the duration of your travel and the itinerary.
- The confirmation of a minimum of 30,000 € coverage within the Netherlands and the entire Schengen area, is called the Travel Visa Insurance. Like every other country, the Netherlands will also need proof of funds. These funds will prove that you are financially capable to stay for the duration of time stated in your cover letter.
- Accommodation status – This is just to show you will be able to provide shelter for yourself during the course of your stay in the Netherlands.
- Other documents like marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, ration card if applicable.
However, as stated above, there are other documents that will be required of applicants depending on some factors. These factors may consist of being;
- Employment contract;
- Six months of bank transactions showing your bank statements
- Leave permission from the employer;
- Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary.
2) Self Employed;
- A copy of your business license;
- Six months of the company’s bank statement;
- Income Tax Return (ITR).
3) A Student;
- Proof of enrollment;
- No-objection certificate from school or university.
- Pension statement of the last 6 months.
- If your property generates income, then proof of that is needed. For the duration of six months.
In addition to the above-listed documents, a signature is required on the form and to be submitted personally at the appropriate embassy/consulate or its representative in your home country together with the documents listed above.
These additional documents solely depend on the nature of your visit to the Netherlands.
Visa for Medical Purposes
If by any chance applicants are having health challenges and are looking to travel over to get it sorted then this category is for you. Applicants are to have;
- A local medical report;
- A document that proves that a doctor in the Netherlands will be treating you or has asked for your arrival;
- Payment receipt of medical fees.
Tourist Schengen Visa
Like the name of the visa goes, this visa type is for applicants who are just coming to the Netherlands for the great view of it. Subsequently, applicants must provide;
- The invitation letter, accompanied with the address of the person inviting you over;
- Bank statement of the last 6 months;
- Passport copies.
Visa for Business Purposes
Are you looking to expand your business? Are you looking to network with people of high experience in your industry? Are you looking to relocate your business? Do you also think that the Netherlands is the best country for that? Then this right here is your category and as such you are to meet up with certain criteria like;
- An invitation letter from the dutch company, alongside their address and the duration you intend to stay there;
- Proof that your employer has sent you on a business purpose;
- If there have been business relations between the two parties then proof is needed;
- Six months of banking transactions that shows the statement of the company/business;
- The Article and Memorandum of Association in original certified copy (registered with joint-stock companies) Trade License (first issued and present renewal), Proprietorship/Partnership documents;
- The expenditure the applicant is expected to make will be accounted for in a letter given to the applicant by the company.
Visa for Study, Training, Research, or other types of Internship Purposes
These types of visas are solely for academics looking to further their educational pursuits. However, they are to submit these added documents as well.
- An enrollment certificate allowing attendance of courses;
- Certificate of completion or courses attended;
- Financial sustenance.
Can I extend my temporary visa to the Netherlands?
Yes, you can extend your Dutch Schengen visa but only in exceptional cases where new facts and special reasons arise after entry in the Netherlands.