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Non-Immigrant Visas

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A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport

This section is all about how you can obtain a non-immigrant visa for travel to the United States.

Below you find the steps you need to take before you have your visa. During this process you'll visit several websites. Make sure to keep this window open so you can keep track.

Before you continue: if you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program it might very well be that you do not need a visa to visit the United States. Please check if you do in step 1.

We encourage intending travelers to apply for visas well in advance of their proposed journey, and not to make unchangable travel plans until the visa has been issued and they are in receipt of their passport and visa.

Remember: a visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not guarantee entry. 

Make sure to carefully read all the information on this webpage. If you have questions, please check the FAQ on the right before contacting us.

Renewing your VISA? Perhaps you qualify to apply per mail. Find out here

  • Step 1: Select the Right Visa

    Step 1: Select the Right Visa

    • The visa type you need depends on the purpose of your travel. You will need a different visa for each different purpose. For example: studying requires a different visa than being a tourist.

      Need help getting started?

      Visa Wizard

      Want to know more about a specific visa type?
      For a complete list of all common visa types see

      Found out that you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)?
      You can apply on our Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) below.


      Please note: The United States has begun implementing changes to the Visa Waiver Program.  For more information see here.

      Don't qualify for the VWP?
      Go to step 2
  • Step 2: Complete the DS-160 form

    Step 2: Complete the DS-160 form

    • Complete the online DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form.

      FIll in: DS-160

      and print the "Confirmation Page" with a barcode.  

      You are required to answer the questions to the best of your ability; we cannot assist in completing the form. 


      If you make an error, you may correct the form if you have saved, but not transmitted it. If, however, the form has been transmitted, you will be required to complete a new DS-160.

      The DS-160 must be transmitted at least 24 hours before the scheduled appointment.  If not, we may not be able to process your application and you will be required to reschedule the interview.   

      Having trouble?
      Check the Frequently Asked Questions

  • Step 3: Get an Interview appointment & pay the fee

    Step 3: Get an Interview appointment & pay the fee

    • After you have completed the DS-160 go to the website and select country and language.

      Make an Appointment

      After you've registered, you can pay the U.S. visa fee and make your appointment on that website.


      Before making the appointment you will be asked to pay. There are two payment options: Visa or Mastercard DEBIT card (not creditcard) and bank transfer. Please allow a few days for the bank transfer to complete.

      For more information on the correct fee see

      Don’t forget to bring proof of payment to your interview for you and all your family members.

      (F,J,M visa)? If you are applying for an F, J or M visa, please make sure to pay your Sevis fee and print the proof of payment before you come to the Consulate for your interview.

      Need help?
      For more information see the help section on the website.
  • Step 4: Attend your Interview Appointment at the Consulate in Amsterdam

    Step 4: Attend your Interview Appointment at the Consulate in Amsterdam

    • Check the documents that you are required to present with your visa application.

      Please bring proof of payment  for you and all your family members.  This will allow us to efficiently process your case. A receipt from where you registered your appointment will suffice.

      Don't bring: please make sure to check what not to bring before visiting the Consulate General in Amsterdam. We have no storage facility.

  • Step 5: Check your status & Receive Your Documents

    Step 5: Check your status & Receive Your Documents

    • Your documents and visa are returned to your selected location by mail (see step 4) – usually within 3-4 business days (without counting the day of your interview!). 

      You can check the status of you visa application here.

      After your passport has been send to you, you can track and trace your passport/s by login in to the website from step 3 here

      In some cases, processing can extend to six months or longer.  Applicants who are found ineligible to receive a visa under U.S. visa law and require a waiver of ineligibility, should allow 6 months for their application to be processed.  

      Applicants who received a 221(g) "Administrative Processing" handout at the interview, can check the status of their case on-line.   Click on "Administrative Processing" on the left-hand Navigation bar for further information. 

      For a further explanation concerning additional administrative processing,  please see the Department of State website (

      Note:  The processing times quoted are approximate and cannot be guaranteed. It is important that you keep this in mind when applying for the visa. It is not be possible to expedite a case simply because an applicant has not allowed sufficient time for the application to be processed.




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  • Administrative Processing

    Administrative Processing

    • Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a consular officer. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on individual circumstances of each case. Visa applicants are reminded to apply early for their visa, well in advance of the anticipated travel date.

      Please don't contact us before the 60 days are over.

      For more information read here  
  • ESTA / Visa Waiver Program

    ESTA / Visa Waiver Program

    • Can I travel on the VWP / with an ESTA?
      The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables citizens of participating countries, such as the Netherlands, to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for 90 days or less without obtaining a U.S. visa. 

      I'm denied ESTA what should I do?
      You will need to apply for a visa. Follow the instructions here.

      Changes to ESTA / VWP?
      The Visa Waiver Program has been updated by CBP on January 21st, 2016. This might influence your ability to travel with ESTA. For more information read the following info

      For more questions on ESTA see the website of the CBP / DHS who run the program. We can't answer questions on ESTA
  • Expedited Appointments

    Expedited Appointments

    • Requests to get an earlier appointment only be made once via the option ‘expedite’ in your account on the appointment websiteAn officer will review the case. We are unable to assist you via email.
  • Passport Rules

    Passport Rules

    • Validity

      Dutch visitors traveling to the United States are required to be in possession of a Dutch passport valid for the intended period of stay in the U.S. So your DUTCH passport only needs to be valid until you leave, not longer. The six months validity rule normally does not apply to you as a Dutch Passport holder. For more information on other passports see 

      Expired Passport, Valid Visa
      If you have an expired passport with a valid U.S. visa, the expiration of the passport has no effect on the validity of the visa, provided that the visa page is not damaged in any way.  The traveler may present two passports; one which fulfills the visa requirement and the other the passport requirement
  • Payment


    • We can’t assist in payment issues. Please contact the help section of the appointment service

  • Scheduling Appointments

    Scheduling Appointments

    • We are unable to schedule appointments via the email on behalf of applicants – this can only be done via the appointment service
  • Sending Documents

    Sending Documents

      • If more information is needed for your visa application please follow the following tips:

        Original needed
        : mail/courier. 
        U.S. Consulate General
        Non-Immigrant Visa Unit
        Museumplein 19 
        1071 DJ Amsterdam 

        Copy only: email as attachement (pdf) preferred. 

        This will allow us to respond quicker and assist you better with any consular issues you may have.

        Please Click here for our email address.