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When will I receive the result of my visa application for the Netherlands?

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An application for a Schengen visa or an airport transit visa for the Netherlands is usually processed within 15 days. In some cases, however, it could take up to 45 days.

Most decisions within 15 days

You will receive an email when a decision on your visa application has been made. This is usually within 15 days after submitting your visa application. 

The email does not say whether your application was successful. You’ll only find that out once you get your passport back. If your application was successful, you’ll see a visa affixed in your passport. If there is no visa sticker, your application was denied.

Exceptional cases may take up to 45 days

In exceptional cases processing your application will take more than 15 days. It may in fact take up to 45 days.

Submit your visa application in time

If you need to apply for a Schengen visa or airport transit visa for the Netherlands, do so in good time. It can take up to 45 days for your application to be processed. You must then still collect your passport or have it sent to you.

You can apply for your visa up to 6 months before your trip. If you are a seafarer, you can apply up to 9 months in advance. 

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