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US Family Visas for Dutch Citizens

Netherlands residents who want to join a parent or partner living in the US must obtain a US Family visa that suits their situation. Dutch citizens can enter the US visa-free if they will stay in the country for less than 90 days.

Talk to one of our experienced immigration lawyers at Total Law for more information about US Family visas for Dutch nationals, their requirements, the application process, or other services we offer. Call us today on +1 844 290 6312 or contact us online for immediate assistance.

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    Overview of US Family Visas

    The US Family visas permit their holder to enter the US and stay with a family member who lives in the country. Your family member who lives in the US could be your parent or partner and must either be a permanent resident (Green Card holder) or a citizen of the US. As a Dutch citizen, you may be allowed to enter the US visa-free if your proposed stay in the US will not exceed 90 days.

    For this to be possible, you must obtain a US Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) managed by the US Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security. The reason is that the Netherlands is a participating country in the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) which allows all included countries to enter the US visa-free for tourism or business for stays that do not exceed 90 days.

    However, as a Dutch citizen, if you want to remain in the US for more than 90 days, you must obtain an appropriate US Family visa that suits your relationship with your US-based family member. Non-Dutch citizens living in the Netherlands whose home countries do not have visa-free agreements with the US must obtain an appropriate US Family visa to join a US-based family member regardless of their stay period in the US. To join your family member living in the US, you must choose either a Non-immigrant or Immigrant US Family visa.

    The  K1, K2, K3, and K4 visas are the Non-immigrant Family visas that allow their holder to enter and stay in the US temporarily. Whereas the F1, F2, F3, and F4 visas are the Immigrant Family visas that permit their holder to enter and remain in the US permanently.

    You can be allowed to join your family member who lives in the US if you are their spouse, parent, children, or sibling. Applicants for US Family visas must meet several eligibility criteria to obtain the visa type that suits their situation.

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    Types of Family Visas

    Dutch citizens seeking to enter the US to join a family member in the country have types of US Family visas for Dutch citizens to choose from. They include:

    K1 Visa

    The K1 visa also called the Fiance visa is a non-immigrant visa which offers a route to a marriage Green Card after a foreign national (fiancé or fiancée) enters the US and gets married to a US citizen. Upon your entry into the US on a K1 visa, you must get married to your US-based sponsor (fiancé or fiancée) whom you will join in the US for 90 days. After that, you need to apply to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for status adjustment to become a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR).

    Requirements for the K1 Visa

    Dutch citizens must meet the following requirements to obtain a K1 visa:

    • Valid passport valid for 6 months after the expiration of your visa.
    • Two passport-sized photographs that meet the USCIS photo requirements.
    • Birth certificate.
    • Non-immigrant visa application form (Form DS-160). Complete and print out the form’s confirmation page to be added to your documents file.
    • Proof of having a genuine relationship with your US-based fiance(é), such as phone bills, photos, correspondence/emails, etc.
    • Proof of fee payment.
    • Medical examination certificate issued to you by a US-licensed doctor.
    • Proof of financial support (Form I-134).
    • Police clearance certificate issued by the Central Criminal Record Office, Ministry of Justice of Netherlands and maintained at the Netherlands Police Authorities’ Central Criminal Record Department. This certificate must prove that you are of good conduct and have not indulged in a crime in the Netherlands.
    • Death or divorce certificate of your US-based spouse and those of your previous partners, if necessary.

    K2 Visa

    The K2 visa allows the under-21-year-old unmarried children of K1 visa holders to enter the US and join their parents. After getting the K2 visa, the holder will be permitted to study and work after obtaining the residence permit and work permit. Note that Form I-129F (Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)) can be used to file for both K1 and K2 visas in one application by your US-based sponsor.

    Requirements of K2 Visa

    The Netherlands residents who want to obtain the K2 visa must meet the following requirements:

    • Birth certificate.
    • Valid passport.
    • Filled out Form DS-160 for the Non-immigrant visa application form.
    • Two passport-sized photographs that meet the visa photo guidelines set by the USCIS.
    • Affidavit of Support and other relevant supporting documents. Provide Form I-134 to prove you have sufficient funds.
    • Bank draft of visa fees.
    • Proof of relationship with the US-based parent sponsoring the K2 visa applicant.
    • Proof the applicant’s parents can meet their financial needs and those of the applicant.
    • Police clearance certificate.
    • Medical examination certificate.

    F1 Visa

    The F1 visa is specifically designed for US citizens’ unmarried sons and daughters aged 21 and above. This visa is otherwise known as the Family First Preference visa and is also called a Green Card. About 23,400 F1 visas are issued by the US authorities each fiscal year.

    Children born out of wedlock or adopted children and stepchildren in the Netherlands can enter and stay in the US with their US-based parents. If the child was adopted, the adoption must have taken place before the child turned 16 years old. But if the child is a stepchild, the parents must have been in a real relationship before the child turned 18 years old.

    Requirements for F1 Visa

    Dutch unmarried sons and daughters of US-based citizens must meet the following requirements to obtain an F1 visa:

    • A completed Form I-130.
    • A valid passport.
    • Birth certificate, divorce or death of parents if the child was adopted, evidence of abandonment.
    • Evidence of financial support.
    • Two passport-sized photographs that meet the USCIS visa photo guidelines.
    • Evidence of family relationship with the applicant of an F1 visa.
    • Document certifying parent-child relationship, if the child is born out of wedlock.
    • Police clearance certificate.
    • Proof of no criminal record for the adult child.
    • Decision of the court that the adult child has spent about 2 years under the custody of a parent.

    F2 Visa

    The F2 visa is another type of US Family visa for Dutch citizens which allows minors, adult children and spouses of US LPRs (Lawful Permanent Residents) to enter the US and stay with them.

    Each fiscal year, about 114,200 F2 visas are issued to applicants. The F2 visa is popularly known as the Second Preference Family visa and it is of two types:

    • The F2A visa is designed for the spouses and minor children of LPRs. Yearly, about 79,940 F2A visas (up to 70% of F2 visas) are issued to applicants.
    • The F2B visa was created for LPRs’ adult children who are more than 21 years old. Each year, about 34,260 F2B visas (roughly 30% of the F2 visas) are issued to applicants.

    F2A Visa

    Dutch citizens can obtain an F2A visa which is also a US Immigrant visa type that permits its holder to join their LPR in the US permanently. This visa is specifically designed for spouses or minor children of US Green Card holders.

    There is a limited number of F2A visas available to applicants; it is in high demand and requires a lengthy waiting period. Dutch citizens applying for this F2A visa will be awarded permanent residency in the US after obtaining the visa and also be permitted to enter, live and study in the US.

    Requirements for F2A Visa

    To obtain a US F2A Family visa, the Netherlands residents must meet the following requirements:

    • Your Form DS-260 (Immigrant visa application form) confirmation page.
    • Two passport-sized photographs that meet the guidelines of the USCIS visa photo guidelines.
    • An international passport that will be valid for a minimum of 6 months after getting into the US.
    • A signed Affidavit of Support (Form-I-864) from a US-based petitioner or LPR.
    • A marriage certificate that shows you are a spouse to the US LPR.
    • Medical examination certificate issued by a US-licensed doctor.
    • Certificate of birth or death to prove that your marriage was officially terminated (if you were previously married).
    • Police clearance certificate.
    • Military records, if you served in the military.
    • Birth or adoption certificate of the US LPR’s child.

    F2B Visa

    The F2B visa is designed for spouses or unmarried adult children (above 21 years old) of US permanent residents. The Dutch unmarried child must be born to or adopted by the US Green Card holder to qualify for the visa.

    Netherlands residents may be ineligible for an F2B visa if they cannot prove they are married or that their parents reside in the US. This F2B visa allows its holder to enter the US, live, work, and study in the US lawfully.

    Requirements for F2B Visa

    Netherlands residents applying for an F2B visa must meet the following criteria:

    • Affidavit of Support (Form-I-864) signed by a US-based family member (petitioner) or LPR.
    • Form DS-260 confirmation page.
    • International passport valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the date of entry into the US.
    • Two passport-sized pictures that meet the US visa photo criteria.
    • Birth or death certificate to show that your marriage was officially terminated (if you were previously married).
    • Birth or adoption certificate for an LPR’s child.
    • Medical examination issued to you by a doctor licensed by the US authorities.
    • Police clearance certificate.
    • Military records, if you served in the military.

    Note that these mentioned requirements for the US Family visas are not all-encompassing. The reason is that depending on your situation, you may be asked to provide more supporting documents while filing your US Family visa application. All the documents you are required to provide must be in English language.

    Therefore, endeavor to have all documents in a foreign language translated into English by a certified translator and duly notarised. Navigating the whole US Family visa application may be overwhelming for you if you have not applied for this visa type before. Because of this, it’s best to seek expert guidance from one of our immigration lawyers at Total Law to show you the right steps to take to obtain a US Family visa that best suits your situation.

    If you need more clarifications about US Family visas for citizens of the Netherlands, or how we can help you apply for it, call us today on +1 844 290 6312 or contact us online.

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      Family Visa Application Process

      Overview

      As a Netherlands resident seeking to obtain a US Family visa to join your family member in the US, you cannot kick start the visa application process. Rather the application process can only start when your US-based sponsor (family member) files a petition. That being said, to apply for the above-mentioned US Family visa types follow this step-by-step guide:

      Step 1. File Form I-129F or Form I-130

      Your US-based family member must file a form that is determined by how you are related to them. Therefore, the US-based sponsor (family member) can either file Form I-129F, called Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) (for K1 and K2 visas) or Form I-130, also known as Petition for Alien Relative (for F1, F2A, and F2B visas) to the Department of Homeland Security.

      Your US-based family member sponsoring your application will be required to pay the petition fees by the USCIS. Note that the main goal of the petition is to verify that you are related to the US-based family member sponsoring your application.

      If the petition is approved or denied, the USCIS will notify your US-based sponsor. Upon a denial of the petition, the petitioner can cross-check the application and the possible reasons for the rejection, make adjustments and resubmit. Upon the approval of the petition, the documents will be moved to the National Visa Centre (NVC) for additional processing.

      You and the US-based sponsor will receive the approval documents from the NVC, along with an invoice identification number, a case and instructions on the next steps to take. The documents will also bear details about fee payments and how to pay them.

      Step 2. Apply for the Visa

      The NVC will tell Dutch applicants when to start their application process from the Netherlands. Thereafter you must apply for the US Family visa type that best suits your situation at the US embassy or consulate closest to your residence.

      Step 3. File Form DS-160 or Form DS-260

      You can either file Form DS-160 known as the Non-immigrant visa application form or Form DS-260, known as the Immigrant visa application form at this stage. The form you must file is determined by whether you are applying for Immigrant (F1, F2A, or F2B) visas or Non-immigrant (K1 or K2) visas.

      Submit your documents online after filling out your details and stating the reason for your visit. After completing and submitting your form, you will be provided a confirmation number page which you must include in your documentation file and send to the NVC.

      Step 4. Take Medical Examination

      Netherlands residents applying for a US Family visa are required to have their health assessed by a licensed doctor and obtain a medical certificate after passing the exam and taking the vaccinations the US authorities recommended.

      Step 5. Get Your Documents

      Gather all the required documents to support your visa application as an omission of important documents may cause a refusal of your application.

      Step 6. Attend the Visa Interview

      You may be invited for an interview at the US consulate general in the Netherlands should the NVC assess your documents and believe you have met all the requirements. You must prove that your documents are authentic by answering some questions.

      Step 7. Receive the NVC Packet

      After the approval of your visa application, you will be permitted to enter the US soonest on the US Family visa. You will be issued a sealed packet which must only be opened by the US immigration officer when you enter the country.

      How Can Our Lawyers at Total Law Help You?

      As a US Family visa applicant, you can either be a child, spouse, or parent of the US-based sponsor. Because of this, you must apply for the Family visa type that suits your relationship with the US-based sponsor and how long you intend to stay.

      If you choose the wrong US Family visa type, your application may be rejected. Because of this, you will need to start reapplying for the Family visa and incur additional expenses. Therefore, it is important to consult one of our immigration lawyers at Total Law to help you choose the specific US Family visa type that best suits you.

      Our immigration lawyers will also help you organize your documents, apply for the Family visa on your behalf and prepare you for the visa interview. If you need more information about US Family visas for Dutch expats, or how we can assist you, Total Law can help. Call us today on +1 844 290 6312 or message us online for immediate assistance.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                Yes, you can move to the US as a Dutch citizen provided you have chosen a residence permit type that depends on whether you will become a temporary or permanent resident.

                It could take up to 10 to 14 months to process a US Family visa after filing the visa application.

                You can stay for up to 6 months on a Household Member visa. But if you want to remain in the US longer, you need to apply for an extension of stay. You can apply for an extension for as many times as you want and each application for extension takes about 4 months to be processed by the USCIS.

                As a Dutch passport holder, you must obtain a US ESTA to enter the country on multiple entries and stay for up to 90 days per entry for the 2-year validity period of the ESTA.