Immigrant Visas

The U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam is providing limited immigrant visa services (IR-1, IR-2, CR1, CR-2, IR5 and K visas) and very limited non-immigrant visa services for students and certain petition-based workers that qualify for an exception to current travel restrictions.  Wait times will remain significantly longer than usual as we 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.

How to make a visa appointment and request an expedited visa appointment
Please use our 
online appointment system to make or reschedule a non-immigrant visa appointment.  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 amsterdamcovid19@state.gov.  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 here for how to request an NIE.

For applicants currently 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.  Please be advised that you remain in legal status in the United States as long as you remain in status with DHS.  If you depart the United States we cannot guarantee we’ll be able interview you nor that the standards for granting a National Interest Exception (which are already very narrow) will not get more restrictive.

Do you think you qualify for an NIE and normally travel on ESTA or already have a valid visa?  You may not have to apply for a visa.   If you already have a valid ESTA authorization or can apply for one (here: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/), or if you have a currently valid visa, you can request a national interest exception to the Presidential Proclamation 10143 that would allow you to travel without having to come to the Consulate for a visa interview by contacting us through amsterdamcovid19@state.gov.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of the Netherlands at the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Immigrant Visas