Urgent information for visa applicants regarding COVID-19In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020, but will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-visa-services-and-restrictions.html.Visa applicants currently in the Netherlands that need to travel urgently and believe they qualify for an exception to the Presidential Proclamation suspending the entry to the U.S. to all who have been physically present in the Schengen Area (including Netherlands) within the last 14 days should review the text of the proclamation and list of exceptions at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/presidential-proclamation-coronavirus.html.If you have an emergency travel need and qualify for an exception to the above mentioned Presidential Proclamation, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-nl/niv/information/faqs#need_earlier_appt or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +31 20 241 0364 (Netherlands) and +1 703 543 9346 (U.S.) to request a visa interview appointment.Applicants who do not qualify for a specific exception but have an emergency need to travel that may be in the U.S. national interest should contact the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam via email at AmsterdamCOVID19@state.gov prior to requesting an emergency visa appointment.
The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
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.