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Non-Immigrant Visas

How to Apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa


“The Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, is currently experiencing technical problems with the  U.S. non-immigrant visa system.  This issue is worldwide and applies to all countries, nationalities, and  visa categories.

If you had your visa interview between July 21st and July 24th and your visa was approved, your visa and passport return will likely be delayed by several days.  We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a U.S. non-immigrant visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon.                                                                                

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IMPORTANT!!! If you are applying for an F, J or M visa, please make sure to pay your SEVIS fee and please PRINT the proof of payment BEFORE you come to the Consulate for your interview!


For non-immigrant visa appointments, please follow the instructions on

The U.S.Consulate in Amsterdam transitioned to a new system to schedule visa appointments and to pay the visa application fee.  Please visit  to start your application and to schedule a visa interview.

Application Process for a Non-Immigrant Visa

1.  Complete the DS-160 form online

2.  After you have completed the DS-160 go to -(select country and language)

·    Click on “Apply” to create your account

.    Enter the applicants data.

·    Pay the U.S. visa fee via debit card or electronic funds transfer (EFT)

·    Select the return location for your documents

·    Select your appointment date

·    Read and print out the appointment summary

You are able to reschedule your appointment online if necessary.

3.  Attend your interview appointment at the Consulate in Amsterdam

 Reminder: Please make sure to bring 1 recent color photograph per person with you to your interview:

  • Size: 5 x 5 cm.
  • Only recent photos not older than 6 months will be accepted!
  • Only photographs with a white background will be accepted!

(If you have already used your photograph for any previous visa application, please make a NEW photograph!)

For detailed information about our photo requirements, please click here.

4.  Check the status of your visa application

5.   Your documents and visa are returned to your selected location by mail – usually within 4 business days (Without counting the day of your interview!)

Have You Checked Our Visa Wizard?

  • It may well be that you do not need a visa to visit the United States. A good way to find out is to check our Visa Wizard, an easy program based on a few questions about your situation and travel plans.

    Click here to start the Visa Wizard.

  • Get the right picture!
    You must bring a U.S. format passport photo. U.S. format means 5 x 5 Cm. (2"x2"). It must be a very recent photo and have a white background. Other format photos or photos older than 6 months are NOT ACCEPTABLE.

  • What NOT to bring to the Consulate!
    What NOT to bring to the Consulate!

    When you need a visa you will have to visit the Consulate by appointment. Bringing items that cannot be brought into the Consulate, e.g. cell phones, laptops, knives of all kinds, etc., will delay your entering the building or may even lead to cancellation of your appointment. Please read our Access and Security Notice (click on the picture). Thank you for your cooperation.