I have not been granted a visa for the Netherlands. What should I do?

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If your application for a visa for the Netherlands was denied and you disagree with the decision, you can lodge an objection with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). You can also submit a new application.

Information: If your application for a long-stay visa (MVV) or residence permit was denied, find out what you can do on the IND website.

Lodging an objection

You will have received a letter (‘the decision’) informing you why your application was denied. At the bottom of the decision there is a date. You have four weeks from that date to object to this decision. You must lodge your objection with the IND.

Select the type of visa that you applied for to find out how to lodge an objection.

Have you lodged an objection?

Find out how your objection against the denial of your visa application is dealt with

Submitting a new visa application

If your visa application was denied but you don’t want to lodge an objection, for instance because the process would take too long, you can also submit a new application. Keep in mind that you will need to pay the visa application fee again.

Before submitting a new application, closely read the decision denying your application. It explains why you were not granted a visa. You may not have provided the correct documents, for example. In that case, be sure that you provide the correct documents with your new application.

Apply for a Schengen visa

Apply for an airport transit visa

Additional information


If you have a question about lodging an objection or about the status of your objection, contact the IND.

If you have another question about your visa application, contact NetherlandsWorldwide.