What is the change? VFS Global will assume responsibility for processing Dutch visa applications lodged in the United States.

What does the change mean? Effective April 17, those applying for Schengen or Caribbean visas should submit applications to VFS Global centers in Chicago, Houston, New York or San Francisco. Applications will no longer be accepted at the Dutch embassy or consulates.

  • Implementation time frame: April 17.
  • Visas/permits affected: Most Dutch visas, including Schengen and Caribbean visas, but not MVV long-stay visas (Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf /authorization for temporary stay).
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals applying for Schengen, Caribbean or other Dutch visas in the U.S.
  • Next Steps: The Dutch government said in a statement that it will open VFS Global centers in Washington, D.C. and Miami later in 2017, but for now applications will have to be lodged in Chicago, Houston, New York or San Francisco.

BAL Analysis: The change may lead to quicker processing times, though short-term delays are possible as VFS Global takes over visa processing responsibility from Dutch consulates. Those with existing appointments on or after April 17 should contact VFS Global to reschedule their appointment.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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