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Europe is the second smallest continent and home to the world’s largest church, St. Peter’s Basilica. The Louvre is Europe's most visited tourist attraction.

The Netherlands is a country in northwestern Europe with an overseas territory in the Caribbean Sea. It is the largest of the Kingdom of the Netherlands four constituent countries. The Netherlands means “lower countries” due to its low elevation and flat landscape, with only around 50% of its area rising above sea level and roughly 26% dropping below.


The Netherlands has the highest population density in the EU and is one of the world’s most densely inhabited countries. According to the 2020 World Happiness Report, the Netherlands is the world’s sixth happiest country, making the crime rate extremely low. In addition to being one of the happiest countries on the planet, the Dutch are also among the healthiest in terms of diet and nutrition. The Netherlands is a lovely country known for its canals, historic structures, windmills, and tulip gardens.


Based on the reason for your visit to the Netherlands, you will need different types of visas. Using these visas, candidates who want to immigrate to the Netherlands can do so.

If you plan to visit the Netherlands for less than 90 days, you may need a Schengen visa. This is determined by your nationality. The visa permits you to travel freely inside the Netherlands and other Schengen countries for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.


Normally, you apply for your Schengen visa for a short stay in the country where you live.


If you travel to the Netherlands for less than 90 days on business, you will normally require a visa as well as a letter of invitation from the Dutch company you will be visiting. This letter must include information about why you are coming and how long you plan to stay. A short-stay visa can be obtained via the Dutch embassy or consulate in your home country. The visa, also known as a type C visa, is a sticker that goes on your passport. In any case, the visa is valid for 90 days out of 180 days in the Schengen area. So, if you’ve been in the Netherlands for 90 days in a row, you won’t be able to return for the next 90 days. This is also true if you have spent 90 days in a row in the Netherlands, Germany, or France. Only after the 180-day period has passed may you apply for a new short-term visa.

The Dutch startup visa is a residency permit for people from outside the European Union (EU) who want to start an innovative business in the Netherlands. The startup visa is only valid for one year. You will be asked to create or launch an innovative new product or service under the supervision of an experienced facilitator. The Dutch startup visa scheme allows ambitious entrepreneurs from countries other than the EU, EEA, or Switzerland to apply for a short-term residence permit in the Netherlands. It allows entrepreneurs one year to launch their new firm. It is necessary to get advice from an experienced facilitator. This assists you in transitioning from a startup to a fully-fledged business. It’s a win-win situation for both the entrepreneur and Dutch society: you have a profitable business and the Dutch economy benefits.

The Orange Carpet Visa Facility is intended primarily for employees of businesses with current or potential economic interests in the Netherlands. However, the same restrictions and rewards apply to other sorts of organizations (cultural, scientific, and government) as well as individual travelers.


The Orange Carpet Visa Facility is only available in the country where your firm is located. The requirements for an Orange Carpet operation differ from country to country. You must demonstrate why you travel frequently for work. The embassy or consulate-general will determine if you fit the local requirements.

A Netherlands Family Visa may be required if you wish to join a family member who is already in the Netherlands. However, the method for joining your family member is dependent on both your and their nationality. Depending on whether you or your family member is an EU/EEA/Swiss national or not, different procedures and requirements apply.


A Netherlands family visa is a residence permit in the Netherlands for family reunification. You do not require a Dutch residence permit/Netherlands family visa if you are from the EU/EEA or Switzerland. If you intend to stay with a family member for more than 90 days, you must register with the Dutch authorities.


If you are not from the EU/EEA or Switzerland but want to join a family member who is from the EU/EEA or Switzerland in the Netherlands, you must apply for Verification against EU law and obtain a certificate of legitimate residence (proof of legal residence).


Finally, if neither you nor your family member is from the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you will need to apply for a Netherlands family visa (Dutch residence permit).


Documents you may be asked to submit with your application for a Netherlands family visa include:

A residence permit can be valid for up to five years. A family visa allows you to stay in the Netherlands for as long as your family member does.


Dutch residents or holders of a Dutch residence permit for a non-temporary purpose of residence (other than study) are permitted to bring their foreign spouse (married or unmarried) to the Netherlands.

Our global mobility department of Direct U.S. Immigration provides immigration support to clients. Whether they wish to move temporarily or permanently to the Netherlands, we help them shift or incubate their family or business in the Netherlands with assistance from our expert attorneys. 


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