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Non-Immigrant Visas (NIV)

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Thank you for your interest in traveling to the United States.  The following information is for travelers who wish to visit the United States for a temporary period. 

Non-Immigrant Visas (NIV)

Due to its small size, the U.S. Consulate General Curacao provides limited NIV processing.  Only applicants who meet the requirements below may apply in Curacao.  Individuals who do not meet these requirements must apply at another U.S. embassy or consulate.  Please read the following information carefully to determine if you are eligible.  Interviews are conducted in English and Spanish only.  Applicants wishing to interview in another language must bring an English-speaking translator.

Who Can Apply in Curacao?

The U.S. Consulate General Curacao accepts visa applications only from residents of Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius who meet one or more of the following requirements. 

  • Hold a Dutch passport.  (Note: In most cases, Dutch passport holders do not require a visa to travel to the United States. See the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for details.)
  • Are renewing a multiple-entry U.S. visa that is still valid or expired less than one year ago.
  • Are legally resident in Curaçao, Aruba, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius, or Saba for at least ten years.  Applicants must bring proof of legal residency in the Dutch Caribbean to the visa interview.
  • Legal residents of the islands, regardless of length of residency, applying for student and exchange visitor visas: F visas (degree-granting schools), J visas (exchange visitor programs), or M visas (vocational schools).
  • Children under the age of 18 whose parent(s) have a valid multiple-entry U.S. visa. 

Who Cannot Apply in Curacao?  

  • Applicants who do not reside in the Dutch Caribbean.
  • First-time visa applicants with less than 10 years of residency in the Dutch Caribbean.
  • Applicants (regardless of citizenship or previous visas) for E, H, and L visas.  The U.S. Consulate General in Curacao does not process applications for these visa categories.

Applicants who are not eligible to apply in Curacao may apply at any other U.S. consulate or embassy. Convenient locations in the region include: Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Panama,  Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

What is a Visa?

A visa is issued by a U.S. embassy or consulate. A visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not guarantee entry.  An immigration inspector at the port of entry determines the visa holder's eligibility for admission into the United States.

Who Needs a Visa?

Anyone who is not eligible to enter the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), or is not exempt from the visa requirement, or whose registration has been denied under ESTA requires a visa. For questions regarding the ESTA program, visit the CBP ESTA website. 

Applying for a Visa

NIV applicants are required to make an appointment for an interview.  The Consulate does not accept walk-in applications.  To schedule an appointment online, use the Consulate’s Visa Appointment System.  You must have a completed DS-160 application with a confirmation sheet and barcode before making an appointment. If you encounter any problems with using the Visa Appointment System, please send an email to

In the case of an emergency requiring an earlier appointment, send an email describing the nature of the emergency to (note: you must first schedule a regular appointment using the Appointment System). You can also send a request for an emergency appointment if you are not eligible to apply for a non-immigrant visa at U.S. Consulate General Curacao, but have extenuating circumstances that you think justify submitting your application here.

Please Note: No assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance. Therefore, final travel plans and the purchase of nonrefundable tickets should never be made until a visa has been issued.  Please apply well in advance of your travel date. 

Non-Immigrant Visa Fees

Each applicant for a visitor visa must pay a non-refundable application fee in US dollars or NA guilders. The fee is paid in cash at the time of the interview and covers the costs of processing the visa application.  The fee is non-refundable.

Regular Visas Categories: $160 


Visitor Visa: Business, Tourism, Medical Treatment


Transiting the U.S.


Crewmembers - Airline, Ship


Student, Academic


Media, and Journalists


Exchange Visitors


Students, Vocational


Petition-Based Visa Categories: $190 


Persons with Extraordinary Ability


Athletes, Artists, Entertainers


International Cultural Exchange


Religious Worker

If you are a national of a country other than the Kingdom of the Netherlands, you may wish to consult the Visa Reciprocity Tables to find out if you must pay a visa issuance reciprocity fee. Reciprocity fees must be paid at the Visa Section on the day of your interview. These fees apply to various categories of visas and differ by nationality and the number of years the visa is valid for. They may be paid in dollars or guilders.

Required Documents

Please bring your signed passport, valid for at least six months from the date of intended departure from the United States. The passport must be in good condition, i.e., the photo lamination is undamaged and all passport pages are intact.

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Web-based Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form

Individuals applying for a Non Immigrant Visa in Curacao should choose Curacao in the drop down menu.

DS-160 FAQ 

Frequently Asked Questions About Filling Out the DS-160

Lost/Stolen Passport report 

Contact the U.S. Consulate in Curacao

Visa Processing and Pickup

Visas are printed locally in Curacao reducing the amount of processing time to three (3) days.  Passports are returned to applicants on Friday mornings between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. at the U.S. Consulate General Curacao.  Applicants who do not reside in Curacao must arrange delivery of the passport by commercial courier at the applicant's expense or collect the passport (in person or by authorized third party) at the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao.  To authorize someone else to collect your passport, give the individual your receipt of service or a signed letter authorizing the person to collect your passport. 

If you wish to contact the NIV Unit about your visa, please send an email to The Consular Section cannot discuss cases in which a visa application was refused.

Customer Service Statement

Please read our customer service statement to visa applicants.

Other Resources and Documents

Important Pamphlet:  For Certain Employment or Education-based Nonimmigrants (Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Act). 

Last updated January 2016

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