Visa Services are Limited
The U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam is providing immigrant visa services (IR-1, IR-2, CR-1, CR-2, IR5, K, and limited family preference, employment, and DV visas) and very limited non-immigrant visa services for students and certain petition-based workers. We hope to resume other categories soon, and will update this page when we do.
Wait times for non-immigrant visa appointments will remain significantly longer than usual as we work through our backlogs and prioritize services for U.S. citizens and immigrant visa applicants. We sincerely regret the hardship and inconvenience these wait times may cause. While we deeply regret the frustrations created by this situation, demand for appointments is far outstripping our resources and the Consulate expects to be dealing with backlogs and delays for the foreseeable future. If you do not get an appointment in your desired time frame, check the site frequently. Applicants sometimes cancel their appointments, and we open up additional slots whenever staffing and local conditions permit, so you may be able to change your appointment to an earlier time.
How to make a visa appointment and request an expedite appointment
Please use our online appointment system to make or reschedule a non-immigrant visa appointment. If you have an urgent life or death emergency, 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 can 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.
For applicants currently in the United States: please be aware the conditions under which persons may travel from Schengen countries to the United States 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. If you depart the United States, we cannot guarantee we will be able to interview you according to your desired timeline. You may be able to extend or change your status while in the United States. You can find more information on how to do so here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-539.
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.