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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

Netherlands

Netherlands
Kingdom of the Netherlands

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 120 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 120 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-6 10 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO-7 1 None Multiple 12 Months
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

There are no general documents

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: Vary depending or administrative district municipality/ City Hall within the Netherlands

Document Name: Uittreksel uit de geboorteakte, Dienst van de burgerlijke stand

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry Office of the city/town where the birth was registered

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Local registrar’s office official seal, white paper, different format depending on issuance date

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Civil servant officer at the registrar’s office

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Differs per municipality. Online; Personal appearance; Submit written request to the City Hall /municipality place of birth

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Available in standard Dutch language and international versions.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: Vary depending or administrative district municipality/ City Hall within the Netherlands

Document Name: Uittreksel uit de overlijdensakte, Dienst van de burgerlijke stand

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry Office where the death was registered

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Local registrar’s office official seal, white paper, different format depending on issuance date

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Civil servant officer at the registrar’s office civil servant officer at the registrar’s office

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Differs per municipality. Online; Personal appearance; Submit written request to the City Hall /municipality place of death

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Available in standard Dutch language and international versions

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: Vary depending or administrative district municipality/ City Hall within the Netherlands

Document Name: Afschrift van een huwelijksakte, Dienst Publiek Zaken, Burgelijke Stand

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry Office where the marriage was registered.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Local registrar’s office official seal, white paper, different format depending on issuance date

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Civil servant officer at the registrar’s office

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Differs per municipality. Online; Personal appearance; Submit written request to the City Hall/municipality place of marriage

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not  available

Alternate Documents: Marriage booklet

Exceptions: None

Comments: Available for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples (same-sex marriage was legalized in the Netherlands on April 1, 2001). Dutch law only acknowledges civil marriages, performed by a registrar of marriages (ambtenaar van de burgerlijke stand) Available in standard Dutch language and international versions

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: Vary depending or administrative district municipality/ City Hall within the Netherlands

Document Name: Uittreksel uit de huwelijksakte, Dienst van de burgerlijke stand

Issuing Authority: The Civil Registry Office where the divorce was registered.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Local registrar’s office official seal, white paper, different format depending on issuance date

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Civil servant officer at the registrar’s office

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Differs per municipality. Online; Personal appearance; Submit written request to the City Hall/municipality place of marriage

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: If the original marriage was not performed in The Netherlands, the divorce certificate is available in Dutch only. The international version of Dutch divorce decree is actually the marriage cert with a note on the lower half saying, “DIV” and the date of divorce.

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: Vary depending or administrative district municipality/ City Hall within the Netherlands Document Name: Adoptieakte / Adoption Decree

Issuing Authority: Civil registrar’s office/ for domestic adoption  court clerk

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Documents differ, white paper, seal from court where the adoption was registered

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Court clerk/ civil servant officer

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  There is no procedure for obtaining

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: If one wishes to register the adopted child at the civil registrar’s office of the municipality in order to obtain a birth and adoption decree contact Afdeling Landelijke Taken van Publiekszaken per email lt@denhaag.nl. Complete court documents show completion of adoption process.

 

Identity Card

Available

Fees: Vary depending or administrative district municipality/ City Hall within the Netherlands

Document Name: Identiteitskaart

Issuing Authority: Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: pink and blue

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar’s office

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Go to gemeente (local city hall) to apply for ID card

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees: Yes, €41.35 as of 2017

Document Name: Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag (VOG)/Certificate of Good Conduct

Issuing Authority: The Centraal Orgaan Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag (COVOG), an office within the Dutch Ministry of Justice.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Silver hologram bottom right; color: medium bluish-gray color; Format : A4 paper;  Short English summary translation at the end of the page

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Department Manager, COVOG

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: In order to apply, you should visit the Ministry's website and download the application form. Please note all applicants will need to submit:

Applicants residing in the Netherlands: You will need to submit your application to the local municipality where you are registered.  If you reside outside of the Netherlands and are not registered with a local municipality in the Netherlands, please send your application directly to COVOG at the below address:

Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie
Dienst Justis, Postbus 20300, 2500 EH Den Haag,
Nederland/The Netherlands

You must additionally provide:

  • Evidence of your identification (such as a copy biographic page of your passport); and
  • A copy of the receipt confirming your fee has been paid.

Payment may be made only by transfer to the Dutch bank account number: 56.99.90.9719 (RBS) in the name COVOG. Money transfers, cash payment etc., are not accepted.

Applicants residing outside of the Netherlands:  You will need to pay via international bank transfer via the below information for the Royal Bank of Scotland account:  IBAN Code: NL47RBOS0569990971 BIC (swift code): RBOSNL2A Royal Bank of Scotland in Amsterdam

Authorizing someone to apply on your behalf: You are able to authorize a relative or friend who is in the Netherlands to apply for the VOG on your behalf. If you choose to do this, applications must be accompanied by an authorization or both the applicant and the person acting on your behalf must sign the application form. For the latest information visit the website.  For any specific questions, please refer to Frontdesk.justis@minvenj.nl or call the customer contact center on 31(0)88 998 22 00.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Do not submit your VOG to the National Visa Center. You must bring your VOG with you at the time of your interview.

 

Court/Conviction Records

Available:  In rare cases documents may not be available, as they may have been expunged or statute of limitation applies.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Comments: To obtain conviction or arrest records, convicted person must go to the court where they were convicted to request an aantekening mondeling vonnis. If the person appeared before a multiple judge court, they must get an extract vonnis. Documents are issued in Dutch. Person must insist that they require a copy of this document.

 

Prison Records

Unavailable

Military Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name:  Dienstplichtverklaring

Issuing Authority: Dienstencentrum Human Resources (DC HR

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: there is no special seal(s)/color /format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants who served in the Dutch Army can write to: Dienstencentrum Human Resources (DC HR) mention “aanvraag dienstplichtverklaring”
Postbus 90090
3509 AB Utrecht

dienstplichtzaken@mindef.nl

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):

  • regular, diplomatic, official,
  • Refugee travel document (grey cover)
  • Travel document for foreigners (green cover),
  • Passport for Aliens- Valid for entry into The Netherlands or the Netherlands Antilles only if endorsed with a visa for the part of the Kingdom concerned.

Fees: Fees differ per municipality  and by administration district

Document Name:  Passport

Issuing Government Authority: City Hall /municipality city of residence

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Bordeaux-red, hard cover booklet; Refugee travel document hard cover, color grey; Travel document for foreigners, color green

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The mayor  city of issuance

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  Registered in the municipality of residence

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Other Documents Available: Emergency  passport and laissez-passer

Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: U.S. Consulate General  Amsterdam, Netherlands

DPO Mailing Address:
Unit 5780
DPO, AE 09715

Street and Mailing Address:
Museumplein 19, 1071 DJ
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Phone Number: (31) (20) 575-5309  OR (31) (70) 310-2209 - after hours emergencies

Visa Services: All visa categories for all of the Netherlands.

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of the Netherlands.