E Visa Derivatives/Dependents: traveling with your spouse and kids

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These instructions are for derivatives/dependents of a principal applicant who has already been issued an E visa. If you are applying for an E visa at the same time as the principal applicant, please use the appropriate applicant link above for complete application instructions.

The spouse and unmarried children (under 21 years of age) of Treaty Traders, Treaty Investors, or employees of qualifying enterprises may also receive E visas in order to accompany or follow to join a spouse or parent. Dependents are not required to have the same nationality as the principal applicant. Please be advised that the visa validity period for spouses/children with a different nationality than the principal applicant may be different than the principal applicant. See more here.

Spouses may work in the United States if they have obtained an Employee Authorization Card from the Department of Homeland Security. They may apply for this card after they enter the United States. Dependent children may not work in the United States although they may attend school.

Certified copies of marriage certificates, birth certificates, or other legal documentation must be submitted for review at the interview to establish the relationship between principal applicant and spouse and/or children. De-facto spouses, registered partners, and fiancé(e)s do not qualify for derivative/dependent status. The spouse and children ages 14 and over must appear in person at the U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam for an interview.

Please follow the five steps below after reading all carefully.

Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application DS-160 form.

Please complete a DS-160 for the principal applicant and each family member accompanying the principal applicant.

Register with the U.S. Visa Info and pay the visa fees for all accompanying family members. Please note that the application fee is nonrefundable.

Once payment is confirmed, the applicant may immediately schedule an appointment online for all accompanying family members. Applicants younger than 14 years of age must be scheduled for an interview, but are not required to attend the interview. Please try to schedule the entire group for the same block of time.

Prior to interview at the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam, assemble the dependent application(s) and supporting documentation. Please follow the instructions carefully. If the application is incomplete or the applicant is unprepared for interview with the consular officer, the applicant will be asked to reschedule the interview.


  • DS-160 barcode confirmation page for each family member applying to accompany the principal applicant
  • Machine-Readable Visa (MRV) payment receipt from U.S. Visa Info
  • Color copy of principal applicant’s E visa
  • Official marriage certificate and/or official birth certificates of children demonstrating relationship to the principal applicant

Please provide all documents in English or Dutch. Documents in English are processed more quickly.

Please assemble the E visa interview package according to the guidelines outlined above. Do not include documents that have not been requested. We evaluate many applications on interview days.

If the visa is approved at the interview and provided that no additional administrative processing is necessary, passport(s) and visa(s) will be returned via registered post 3-4 business days after the interview date.