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Non-Immigrant Visas

How to Apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa

no envelope needed

  • Since June 19th 2014, it is not necessary for applicants to bring envelopes and registered mail stickers.
  • Children under the age of 14 do not have to accompany their parents for the non-immigrant visa interview.


Important: 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!


We encourage intending travelers to apply for visas well in advance of their proposed journey, and to always refrain from making irrevocable travel plans until the visa has been issued and they are in receipt of their passport and visa.

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!).  Please click here to track and trace your passport/s.

Photo instructions

  • Sample Picture
    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.

    Read more here

  • Bring Proof of Payment Starting September 1,
    2015, anyone wishing to enter the Consulate General to apply for a
    non-immigrant visa must submit physical proof that they paid the requisite visa
    fee.  Without such proof, such as a receipt from GSS, you will not be
    allowed into the Consulate General to apply for the visa and will be turned
  • 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.

Delays in Visa Processing

  • Visa Delays Please Read
    The important information about delays in visa processing here before contacting us.