How to apply for a Netherlands Visa from India ?
Do Indians need a visa to travel to the Netherlands?
The Netherlands is a member of the European Union (EU) and is in the Schengen Area - meaning you will need a Netherlands Visa to travel to the country.
How do I apply for a Netherlands Visa from India?
You need to work out which Netherlands Visa you need, depending on the purpose, and length of your trip, as well how many times you plan to visit. The standard Schengen Visa, for trips lasting up to 90 days, is a short-stay visa, with longer stays requiring a work, study or family reunion visa. Multiple-entry visas are also available for those who need to make more than one trip.
You must apply for your visa no more than six months, and no fewer than 15 days, before you travel. You will need to fill out your application, pay a fee of €80 for adults and €40 for minors, obtain all the documents you need for your Netherlands visa, and attend an interview at a consulate, embassy, or visa application center. Visa fees are waived for children under six years of age, and on occasion, for those traveling to Europe for study purposes, researchers, those under 25 years old traveling with charitable organizations, and those taking part in sporting or cultural events.
What documents do I need to apply for a short-stay Netherlands Visa from India?
First of all, you need to download and complete a Schengen Visa application form.
Those applying for a Netherlands Visa from India will also need two recently taken passport-style photos, an Indian passport or other travel documents that are no older than 10 years and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area.Travel and medical insurance covering you up to costs of €30,000 is also required, as is evidence of legal residence in India (such as an ID card), a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary and proof of accommodation during your stay, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence to support yourself during your stay.
According to the information provided by the European Commission, a foreign national applying for a Netherlands Visa needs to show they have at least €34 available per day during their stay.
What additional documents do I need to get a Netherlands Visa to work or study?
If you are planning to work or study in the Netherlands for fewer than 90 days, then you will need additional documents to obtain your visa. These include an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no-objection letter from your Indian employer, and an income tax return. The self-employed need an income tax return, and a company bank statement, as well as any licensing documentation. As a student, you will need proof of enrolment at an educational institution in the Netherlands, and, if possible, a no-objection letter from your current Indian institution.
If you are planning to study for more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a national study visa. To work in the Netherlands, you will need a residency, and sometimes a work permit, depending on your situation, the work you want to do, and whether you have a salaried employment contract that you can present to officials. Those who are highly skilled or who earn high salaries (approximately €55,200) can apply for an EU Blue Card, entitling you to work across the European Union. Otherwise, you should check that your qualifications and skills match the requirements for entry.
Where do I apply for a Netherlands Visa in India?
The Netherlands’ outsources visa applications to the company VFSGlobal, who deal with the initial applications on behalf of officials. You can apply online via the VFSGlobal website, and you will need to attend an interview at a VFSGlobal center, which are located in Mumbai, Pune, Puducherry, Chennai, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Goa, New Delhi, Kochi, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. Applications should take around 15 days but can take up to 30 days to process, especially during busy periods. However, in some cases, it may take up to 60 days - so apply as early as you can.
Why choose AXA Schengen insurance?
AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs only €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip, and will meet your visa requirements, while our AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers coverage up to costs of €100,000. Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase our Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
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Frequently asked questions about Netherlands Visas from India
What should I do if my Netherlands Visa is refused?
If your visa is refused, you have the right to appeal to the authorities in the Schengen member state where you applied.
Will I receive a refund if my Netherlands Visas is refused?
No. The fee you pay for your visa covers the cost of processing - so it will not be refunded if your application is turned down.
Will my visa allow me to travel to other nearby European countries, like Belgium?
Yes. You can travel to any of the other 25 countries in the Schengen Area - but be careful as you may not be able to work or study depending on your visa.