Limited visa appointments
The U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam is providing limited immigrant visa services (IR-1, IR-2, CR-1, CR-2, F2A) and very limited non-immigrant visa services for students and certain petition-based workers who qualify for an exception to current travel restrictions. Wait times for NIV appointments will remain significantly longer than usual as we work to resume services safely. The safety of our Consulate staff and our applicants remains our guiding principle and we’ve implemented several measures to keep staff and customers safe, including physical distancing in our waiting room and spacing out appointments to reduce crowding. These safeguards have temporarily reduced our visa processing capacity, just as it has at many posts around the world. Please use our online appointment system to make or reschedule a non-immigrant visa appointment. We regret the hardship and inconvenience these wait times may cause as we work to provide services safely during these difficult times. We will continue to provide expedited life-or-death emergency appointments. If you have an urgent life-or-death matter, or work/study in a critical medical field, and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-nl/niv/information/faqs#visa-appt, and include in your expedite request detailed information on the nature of the emergency and dates of travel. Supporting documentation should also be sent to email@example.com. Routine travel requests, for example, to resume or begin work in the United States will not be considered for expedite. We are also currently unable to consider emergency appointment requests for applicants not currently in the Netherlands. Travelers that already have valid nonimmigrant visas or ESTA and believe they qualify for a national interest exception (NIE) should follow the instructions below for how to request an NIE.
How to Request National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) On January 25, 2021 the President issued a presidential proclamation continuing travel restrictions for foreign nationals who have been present in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, the Schengen Area, Brazil, China, and Iran.
Travelers who need to apply for a visa in addition to an NIE, please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website to request an appointment for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa . We will then determine your eligibility for both the visa and the NIE at the time of your visa interview.
Certain travelers seeking to provide vital support for critical infrastructure, and qualified travelers seeking to enter the United States for purposes related to humanitarian travel, public health response, and national security may qualify for National Interest Exception (NIE) to the proclamation. Please note that as of March 2, 2021, conditions to qualify for an NIE have changed. Some travelers who have previously been approved an NIE may no longer qualify under the revised conditions. These changes do not affect academics, students, crew, journalists, or government officials who have an exception from the presidential proclamation.
For full details about the March 2 changes, please see the Department of State’s webpage National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland. For information on what may be considered a critical infrastructure sector please visit https://www.cisa.gov/.
F-1, F-2, M-1, and M-2 Students with Valid Visas: Students traveling from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland with valid F-1 and M-1 visas do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual NIE to travel. Students seeking to apply for new F-1 or M-1 visas in Amsterdam should schedule an appointment following the instructions here. Those applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified for an F-1 or M-1 visa will automatically be considered for an NIE to travel.
Travelers with valid non-immigrant visas (other than F and M categories) or valid ESTAs: Travelers that already have valid nonimmigrant visas or ESTA and believe they qualify for a national interest exception (NIE) for humanitarian; academic/student/exchange travel; journalist travel; or to provide vital support for critical infrastructure must send the following information and all supporting documents in one e-mail to AmsterdamCovid19@state.gov and follow all instructions received in response.
Due to a large volume of inquiries, it may take up to 10 business days to review your NIE request. You will be notified by e-mail if you meet the NIE requirements.
Please answer all the following questions and include with your initial email:
- Which NIE category are you seeking consideration for travel: Humanitarian; Academic/Student/Exchange Visitor; Journalist (with I visa); other business providing vital support for critical infrastructure.
- If your purpose of travel is to provide vital support for critical infrastructure, please include the answers to the following questions in your email: In which critical infrastructure industry is your work? What are the exact specific activities you intend to perform? How do these activities directly support the critical infrastructure? Why do these activities require your physical presence in the United States? Why will alternatives such as video conferencing, teleworking, or actions by proxy fail to directly support the critical infrastructure? How will your travel directly support the creation or retention of U.S. jobs, and how many U.S. jobs will be affected?
- If you are traveling on a valid visa, please include a copy of it in your request. If you are traveling on an ESTA, please include a copy of your approved ESTA or your ESTA confirmation number in your request.
- Please send a copy of the biographic page of your passport.
- Will any other family members be travelling with you to the United States? If so, please provide copies of the biographic pages of their valid passports and copies of their valid visas or ESTA’s (if applicable).
- Are you currently in the Netherlands?
- Provide the anticipated travel dates to and from the United States and city/state where you will stay while in the United States.
IF APPROVED: the exception is valid only for 30 days from the date of approval and is valid for a single entry to the United States. An individual who departs the United States and wishes to return must be re-assessed for a national interest exception.
For Travelers in the United States: For questions about adjusting status or extending the authorized period of stay in the United States, please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office (USCIS). USCIS has full jurisdiction over immigration matters for foreign citizens physically in the United States. Please note, the conditions under which persons may travel from Schengen countries have changed suddenly and unpredictably and may do so again. Travelers should only depart the United States with the understanding that they may not be allowed to return.
What is a Visa?
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, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.
(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).
For visa questions or setting up an appointment:
Contact our visa information center.
Visiting the nonimmigrant visa unit
Nonimmigrant visa services are available by appointment only. Appointments are scheduled through https://ais.usvisa-info.com/. Bring the required documents, the appointment confirmation page and proof of payment for all applicants. If you arrive late or unprepared, we may ask you to re-schedule your appointment. It is advisable to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your actual appointment time
Visiting & mail address:
U.S. Consulate General
1071 DJ Amsterdam
The nonimmigrant visa section does not take inquiries.
Customer Service Statement
The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States. We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known. Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.
We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:
- We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
- We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
- We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
- We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
- We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
- We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
- We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
- We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.
Furthermore, if you are a:
- Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
- Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
- Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.
At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:
- Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
- Complete your application fully and accurately.
- Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
- Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.