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Visa Processing at U.S. Consulate General Curacao

Last updated: April 2012

Most Dutch citizens traveling on business or tourism for less than 90 days do not require a visa.  For information regarding visa-free travel, see the details of the Visa Waiver Program.  

If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program or are traveling to study, work, or participate in an exchange program, you will need a Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV).

Non-Immigrant Visas

The U.S. Consulate General in Curacao processes most categories of Non-Immigrant Visas.  For information on applying for a Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) to the United States, please read the information found on our NIV information pages.  You may also wish to consult the Visa Information Service FAQs.

IMPORTANT Due to the overwhelming demand for visa appointments, the Consulate currently does not have any available visa appointments for the next six weeks.  However, the Consulate will open visas appointments for the next available week every Friday at 9 AM.  If you are a student, traveling to the U.S. for business, or have a medical emergency, please email for an emergency appointment.  Please clearly indicate your need for an emergency appointment.

The Consulate General in Curacao only interviews applicants who hold a Dutch passport or 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.  Persons applying for an E, H, or L visa, regardless of citizenship or previous visas, and all other applicants may apply at any consular section worldwide. You no longer are required to apply in Caracas, and can choose from convenient locations including Haiti, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Panama,  Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Appointment and payment processes may differ at each Embassy or Consulate, so please review the information on their websites carefully. You may have to be present in some countries several days to complete the visa application process.  

Immigrant Visas

Immigrant visas for permanent residency in the U.S. are handled by the U.S. Embassies in Caracas, for residents of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, and Bridgetown, for residents of St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius.  If you are interested in permanent residency in the U.S., please see our Immigrant Visa page or consult the website of the appropriate U.S. Embassy.

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