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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 provides visa information for travelers to the United States who wish to visit, work or study for a temporary period.

Non-Immigrant Visas (NIV)

The U.S. Consulate General to the Dutch Caribbean accepts applicants for NIV services to residents of Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius who meet certain requirements, listed below in red.  All residents holding a Dutch passport are still eligible for travel under the Visa Waiver Program for business and tourism stays of less than 90 days. The type of visa required will depend on the purpose of travel.

IMPORTANT: The U.S. Consulate General Curaçao only interviews applicants who meet one of the following requirements:

  • Hold a Dutch passport.
  • Are renewing a multiple-entry U.S. visa valid for at least one full year that is either 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 their visa interview.
  • Legal residents of the islands, regardless of their length of residency, who are 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. 

Applicants who do not meet the new requirements above; are first-time visa applicants with less than 10 years of residency; or are applying for an E, H, or L visa (regardless of citizenship or previous visas) must apply at the consular section of another U.S. Embassy or Consulate worldwide. Applicants are no longer are required to apply in Caracas, and can choose from convenient locations including, but not limited to, 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.  We are unable to answer any questions regarding the ESTA program.  Please visit the CBP ESTA website. 

Applying for the visa

NIV applicants are required to make an appointment for an interview.  The Consulate does not accept walk-in applications.  Beginning with appointments for November 4, 2014, you can schedule an interview for free on 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 with details of the event/s to

In the case of an emergency requiring an earlier appointment, please send an email to after you have scheduled an appointment on 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 Consulate General Curacao (see “IMPORTANT” above), 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 or the purchase of nonrefundable tickets should not be made until a visa has been issued.  Please apply well in advance of your travel date. 

Nonimmigrant Visa Fees

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

Non-petition-based immigrant visa (except E): $160 

Includes (but not limited to), the follwing visa categories 

B Visitor Visa: Business, Tourism, Medical Treatment
C-1 Transiting the U.S.
D Crewmembers - Airline, Ship
F Student, Academic
I Media, and Journalists
J Exchange Visitors
M Students, Vocational
T Victim of Trafficking in Persons
U Victim of Criminal Activity


Petition based visa categories: $190

Includes these visa categories

L Intracompany Transferees
O Persons with Extraordinary Ability
P Athletes, Artists, Entertainers
Q International Cultural Exchange
R 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., 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

DS-160 FAQ

Lost/Stolen Passport report

Form for reporting lost or stolen passports containing U.S. visas

Visa Processing and Pickup

Visas are now printed locally in Curacao reducing the amount of processing time to three (3) days.  Applicants whose visa was approved are notified, usually at the time of interview.  Applicants residing in Curacao will receive an email informing them that the passport is ready.  Applicants not residing on Curacao must make arrangements for the retrieval of their passport, either by commercial courier at the applicant's expense or pick up by the applicant or a third party with appropriate authorization.  To authorize an individual other than the holder/owner of the item to pick it up, the individual must present the receipt for the service OR a letter signed by the holder/owner specifying the name of the individual retrieving the item.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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.

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

Last updated December 2014

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