Please note: the following procedure does not apply to family members of Dutch nationals traveling to or residing in the Netherlands unless they have recently worked or lived in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland.
Family members include:
- Spouse/partner/common-law spouse
- Children who are under the age of 21 or dependents, as well as those of the spouse or partner.
- Dependent direct relatives in the ascending line (e.g., parents) and those of the spouse or partner.
Applicants must provide evidence that they fall under this category. Applications for Schengen visas for this purpose are free of charge, but service fees are applicable.
You are eligible if you can objectively prove that you meet all the following requirements:
- You are a family member of an EU/EEA/Swiss national (including a spouse, registered partner, child under 21, or dependent family member).
- You are accompanying or planning to join the EU/EEA/Swiss national.
- The EU/EEA/Swiss national is traveling to or residing in a member state other than their own nationality.
If you believe you meet the qualifications for visa facilitation, it is essential to provide evidence of meeting all the criteria when submitting your Schengen visa (type C) application. The expedited process allows you to skip answering certain questions on the application form, specifically those marked with an asterisk (*), which include numbers 19, 20, 31, 32, and 33. Additionally, fewer supporting documents will be required. Family members of EU, EEA, or Swiss citizens must present documents to verify their relationship and complete fields 34 and 35 on the visa application form. The Schengen visa fee will be waived for eligible individuals.
For detailed information regarding the verification procedure in accordance with EU law, please refer to the Netherlands Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) website.
Visa-free travel is applicable if you possess a valid residence permit for Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus (Rep.), Ireland, or Romania, eliminating the need for a visa to enter the Netherlands.
When applying for a short-stay Schengen visa for a minor (a child under 18 years of age), specific document requirements must be met. Please consult the checklist provided for further details.
In the case of a child traveling with only one parent or alone, a “consent letter for minors traveling abroad” is necessary. For more information, please visit the Travelling with Children page on government.nl.
Please refer to the checklist to determine the necessary documents that must be submitted along with your application.
The checklist specifically applies to family members of EU/EEA/Swiss nationals.
If you happen to be a parent of a Dutch national who is under 18 years old, please consult the checklist designed specifically for parent(s) of Dutch nationals under 18.
Please submit one current color portrait of yourself that is no older than six months that satisfies the conditions listed below:
- Captured on a light background (white or off-white) to make features stand out and contrast with the background.
- Face-focused and of high clarity
- Full face: not grinning, no sunglasses, no hats or other head coverings, unless the applicant is wearing them due to his or her ethnicity or religion.
- Printed from a camera print on standard photographic paper.
- The photo that is adhered to the visa application form
The visa application will be deemed incomplete if the submitted photos don’t fulfill these specifications (see examples here), and the applicant will be asked to take fresh pictures in the photo booth at the visa application center.
Applicants must diligently fill out the application form as outlined below:
Schengen visa application form
Complete all mandatory fields on the visa application form, which are marked with a red star (*).
Please ensure that all sections of the application form are accurately and comprehensively filled out.
The application process for your visa begins six months prior to your intended travel date. It is crucial to submit your application no later than 15 working days before your trip.
In most instances, you will receive notification within 15 calendar days regarding the success of your application. However, please note that the decision-making process for your visa application may take up to 45 days (about 1 and a half months).
Certain Schengen member states require the exchange of information on visa applicants, a process known as “consultation.” This consultation is mandatory for specific nationalities.
To stay updated on the progress of your application, you can conveniently track its status using your unique track & trace code.
You may access and download all the relevant forms from this location.
Sample Visa Form Word: Sample vis -Schengen-WORD.docx
Sample Visa Form PDF: Sample vis -Schengen-WORD.pdf
Online Application form: new-application-form-2020.pdf
EU/EEA Checklist: checklist-visa-family-members-eu-eea-swiss-nationals-28-12-2022 (1).pdf
To proceed with your visa application, please fill out the attached sample form (PDF, Word) completely. If you are unsure about any information, leave it blank. Once you have completed the form, please return it to us along with your passport, BRP card/UK residency, and copies of any previous Schengen visas that you have held.
Please forward the documents through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A consultation call will be scheduled after we have received this information to further discuss the application.
After sending the documents you can call us at +442035001580.
We strictly follow the GDPR Policy, your documents will be handled/saved & deleted accordingly.