No objection statement in the United States

Exchange students with a J-1 visa are subject to the two-year home-country physical presence requirement. In some cases the Netherlands embassy in Washington can issue a no objection statement. With this statement this requirement can be waived.

Read more about the requirement documents and how you can apply for the statement.

What documents do you need?

To be able to assist you with your application for a no objection statement you have to submit the following documents:

  1. Letter with a brief explanation why you need the statement. This letter should include your full current postal address (no PO box allowed).
  2. A clear copy of the holder or personal details page of your current and valid Dutch passport.
  3. Copy(ies) of your J-1 visa (if available).
  4. Copy(ies) of all DS 2019 forms ever issued to you (mandatory, without this we cannot issue a no objection statement).
  5. A statement of payment of tax and contributions, issued by the Dutch taxation office. Request this from the office "Invordering Kantoor Buitenland", through the website of the Dutch taxation office (Belastindienst.nl) (information in Dutch). In Dutch this statement is called "Verklaring betalingsgedrag nakoming fiscale verplichtingen". You' ll need to submit the statement in Dutch. However, in most cases, the Dutch taxation office will also provide you with an English version of the same document (it is for our internal use only).
  6. The DS-3035 form with barcode page. You'll receive this form after registering your Visa Waiver Recommendation application at the State Department. See the page Apply for a Waiver of the Exchange Visitor two-year home country physical presence requirement for instructions. Make sure you complete step 1 and 2 before requesting your no objection document (step 3).

How much do you need to pay?

This statement costs €50 per statement. Please transfer the total amount in euros (EUR) payable to:

Bank details
Bank name ING Bank N.V.
Adress bank Financial Plaza, Bijlmerdreef 109
Postal code bank 1102 BW
Bank location Amsterdam
Account holder Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Address Rijnstraat 8
Postal code 2515 XP
Location Den Haag (The Hague)
IBAN NL57 INGB 0705 0010 08
BIC INGBNL2A

Important! When making the transfer please state the following: VIS - <initials and last name> - US, Washington.

For example: VIS - PJ Janssen - US, Washington

How do you apply?

Send a scan (in pdf format) of all the required documents to the Netherlands embassy in Washington via was-ca@minbuza.nl. Please attach a proof of payment (in pdf format), for example proof that the costs have been deducted from your bank account.

Point of attention:

  • Please make sure that all the attachments are in PDF format and that they are legible.
  • All documents mentioned above are mandatory. Please do not email us to ask for an exception on documentation. We cannot process you application unless all documents mentioned above are submitted.
  • Please note that incomplete files will be returned without processing.
  • Fees are non-refundable.

How long will this process take?

The average processing time for applications is 10 to 15 working days.

Once your application is processed, you will receive a confirmation by email or post with a copy of the letter forwarded to State Department for your own records. Once submitted to the State Department, status updates regarding your no objection request can only be obtained directly from the US State department. The embassy has no insight in processing times for the statement, nor can we negotiate faster processing by the State Department on your behalf.

Contact?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please send your questions via the contact form.