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Immigrating to the US from Netherlands

Moving from the Netherlands to the United States involves understanding various procedures, from visa applications to legal requirements. This guide is designed to help you navigate the process of immigrating to the US from the Netherlands; including necessary documents and expected costs.

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    How to Move from the Netherlands to the U.S.

    There are several types of visas available for individuals moving from the Netherlands to the U.S. The type of visa you need depends on your purpose for moving, such as work, study, family reunification, or other reasons.

    Choosing the right visa is important as each type has its own set of requirements, documents and application processes. Generally, you’ll need to fill out an application form, pay the visa fee, and attend an interview at the U.S. embassy and consulate in the Netherlands.

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    Which Visa is Right for Me?


    Choosing the right visa depends on your individual goals and circumstances. You should consider factors like:

    • Purpose of your move: Are you seeking employment, education, or simply a temporary visit?
    • Length of stay: Do you see yourself staying in the US permanently or just for a specific period?
    • Qualifications and skills: Do you possess specialised skills or education relevant to employment-based visas? Are you considering investing in a US business to qualify for certain visas?
    • Family relationships: Do you have family members already residing in the US who could sponsor you for a visa?

    Once you’ve answered these questions, you can then pick the best visa for you. For someone from the Netherlands looking to immigrate to the U.S., there are two main visa types.

    Immigrant visas

    Immigrant visas offer the U.S. Green Card, which grants permanent residency and can eventually lead to citizenship. They include:

    • Family-based immigrant visas: This residence permit is for those who have immediate family members who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
    • Immediate relative visas (IR): Immediate Relative Visas are for spouses, unmarried children under 21, and parents of U.S. citizens.
    • Family preference visas (F): For more distant family relations.
    • Fiancé(e) visas: If you’re engaged to a U.S. citizen, the K-1 visa allows you to travel to the U.S. to get married.
    • Employment-based immigrant visas: For employable individuals with job offers in the U.S., or who have certain skills, education, or investment capabilities.
    • E-1: For priority workers with extraordinary abilities, executives, professors, and researchers.
    • E-2: For professionals with advanced degrees or exceptional ability.
    • E-3: For skilled workers, professionals, and other workers (unskilled workers).
    • E-4: For special immigrants like religious workers, U.S. government employees abroad, etc.
    • EB-5: For entrepreneurs who can invest a significant amount, typically around $800,000 to $1,050,000, and create full-time jobs for American citizens. The process for obtaining an EB-5 visa involves specific requirements, including setting up or investing in a U.S. company.
    • Diversity immigrant visa program (DV Lottery): A lottery available for countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S.
    • Special immigrant visas: For certain categories of immigrants, such as religious workers, employees of U.S. foreign service posts, translators, and more.
    • Refugee and asylum visas: For individuals who are unable or unwilling to return to their home country due to persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

    Nonimmigrant visas

    While these do not offer permanent residency, they can be relevant for certain situations and, in some cases, can be a stepping stone to an immigrant visa.

    • B1/B2 business/tourist visa: For short-term visits for business or tourism.
    • E treaty trader/treaty investor visa: For traders and investors from countries with a commerce treaty with the U.S.
    • H-1B specialty occupations visa: For professionals in specialised fields. Nonimmigrant visas like the H-1B can lead to an immigrant visa through employment. However, they are initially intended for temporary stays.
    • F student visa: For those who want to move to the US for academic studies.

    It’s advised that you perform thorough research to help you make the right decision. You can check the USCIS website and The U.S Department of State Visa Wizard for more info.

    If you’re still unsure which visa is the best fit for your situation consider seeking professional citizenship and immigration services. Our immigration lawyers at Total Law can help guide you through the decision-making process and assist with your application.

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    Application Process for Netherlands to US Immigration

    Once you’ve selected your ideal visa, you should start the application process. This process varies from visa type to visa type, however, they generally follow the same structure.

    1. Double-check your eligibility

    Revisit the official USCIS website and use the Visa Wizard to confirm your chosen visa’s eligibility requirements.

    2. Gather required documents

    Depending on the visa, you will be required to provide some documents. This is to ascertain your eligibility and authenticity. Specific documents required for your visa type will be detailed in the next section.

    Remember, providing complete and accurate documentation is important for a smooth application process.

    3. Pay the required fees

    • Fees vary based on visa type and include petition filing fee, processing fee, and others.
    • You pay through the Consular Electronic Application Center or at a U.S. consulate.
    • Ensure you pay the correct amount using the designated payment methods listed on the USCIS website.
    • Double-check deadlines for fee payments to avoid unnecessary delays.

    3. Complete visa application forms

    • Fill out the necessary forms for your visa type. For most immigrant visas, this starts with a petition filed by a U.S. sponsor or employer.
    • After the petition is approved, complete your application. Most visa applications are submitted electronically through the USCIS Electronic Filing System
    • Carefully review and submit your application. And be sure to avoid errors or incomplete information.

    5. Attend a visa interview

    • After your application and fees are processed, you’ll be scheduled for an interview at the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in the Netherlands.
    • Prepare by reviewing your application details, anticipating potential questions, and practising clear and concise communication.
    • Dress professionally and arrive on time for your interview.
    • Note that your interview assesses your eligibility and intentions.

    The time it takes to process your visa can vary. Be prepared for a waiting period after your interview. However, you can check the status of your application on the appropriate USCIS portal.

    Once your visa is approved, you can make travel arrangements or take additional steps, like applying for a Social Security Number or adjusting your status.

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      Documents Required for Netherlands to US Immigration

      Different visas will have different requirements, but here are some common documents you should prepare, along with tips for a smooth transition:

      Commonly required Documents:

      • Valid passport: Your Dutch passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the U.S.
      • Birth certificate: An original or certified copy of your birth certificate is usually required.
      • Photographs: You will need passport-style photographs that meet U.S. visa requirements.

      Ensure the photo:

      • Has a clear image of your face without filters.
      • Is taken by someone else, not a selfie.
      • Shows you without eyeglasses.
      • Has a white or off-white background, free of shadows, textures, or lines.
      • Financial evidence: Proof of financial stability to ensure you can support yourself and/or your dependents in the U.S.
      • Sponsorship documents: If you’re being sponsored by a family member or employer in the U.S., relevant sponsorship forms are necessary.
      • Police clearance certificate: This document certifies that you have no criminal record. It’s required for applicants over a certain age.
      • Medical examination results: A completed medical examination by an approved physician is often required to prove you’re in good health.
      • Previous U.S. visas (if applicable): If you’ve previously travelled to the U.S., documents related to your prior visas can be important.

      Specific visa document requirements:

      • For family-based visas: Additional documents proving relationship, like marriage certificates or adoption papers.
      • For employment-based visas: Documents related to your employment offer, qualifications, and experience.
      • For student visas: Admission letters from the educational institution in the U.S., along with proof of financial ability to pay tuition and living expenses.

      To make your paperwork easier, start early and check off each document you need. It’s also wise to consult with immigration professionals for guidance, especially for any unique situations in your application.

      Financial Considerations

      When planning your immigration to the United States from the Netherlands, it’s important to be aware of various fees and financial requirements. Here’s a summary of the key costs involved:

      Visa application fees:

      • Family-based immigrant visa: $325 (approximately €309 as of February 1, 2023).
      • Employment-based immigrant visa: $345 (around €323).
      • Diversity lottery immigrant visa: $330 (about €314).
      • Other immigrant visas (special immigrant visas, etc.): $205 (approximately €195).
      • Filing an I-130 immigrant visa petition overseas: $535 (€508).
      • Filing an DS-117 form for SB-1 returning resident status: $180 (€171).
      • Filing an I-600/600A petition: $775 (€736).

      These fees are non-refundable. They can be paid with any credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, or Diner’s Club), and U.S. debit cards are also accepted if they carry the VISA symbol.

      Medical examination fees:

      • Adult (15 years and up): Medical examination fee €210; X-Ray Photograph €50.
      • Child (Under 15 years): Medical examination fee €95.

      Note that these medical fees do not include any vaccinations and are subject to change. The medical fees are to be paid in Euros only, to the Consulate General’s panel physicians.

      You should also budget for living expenses in the U.S., legal and advisory costs (if you are hiring an immigration lawyer or consultant), health insurance, education costs for children, and relocation expenses.

      For the most current and detailed information on fees, always refer to the official Netherlands U.S. Embassy and Consulate.

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        Special Considerations

        Asides the regular visas mentioned above, there are several special considerations and unique visas that can help inform your visa application process, they include:

        National interest waiver (NIW)

        The EB2 NIW visa is another option for those with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities.  To apply for this visa, applicants must demonstrate that their work is of national importance to the U.S., and interestingly, they don’t necessarily need a job offer in the U.S. to qualify.

        Entrepreneur and treaty visas

        There are several visas available for entrepreneurs, including the L1 Visa, which is a hybrid between temporary and permanent visas, and the EB1C visa for managing a company in the U.S. Additionally, the E2 Treaty Visa and E1 Treaty Visa allow investors to enter the U.S. with smaller investments compared to the EB5. The E2 visa, for instance, can start with an investment as low as $80,000.

        How Can Total Law Help?

        Moving to the US from the Netherlands requires careful planning and expert guidance. Total Law can help! Our experienced lawyers understand the complexities of US immigration law and the specific challenges you face as a Dutch citizen.

        We offer personalised support and clear advice throughout the entire visa application process, so you can focus on your dreams for the future.

        Contact us today at +1 844 290 6312 to take the first step towards your US visa success, or visit our website for more info.

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