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Tips for Getting Your Visa

image derived from Striatic on Flickr

image derived from Striatic on Flickr

Expat Women, a blog helping women handle expat life, released an excellent list of Do’s and Don’t for getting your visa regardless of what country you want to go to. If you’re coming to the Netherlands from the USA, you probably will not have to endure a Visa interview, but it is still always better safe than sorry when it comes to giving yourself enough time to register and, if necessary, re-register for you visa.
 
Click Here to read more of Mark Johnstone’s Arcticle.
 
In the spirit of moving to the Netherlands, here’s a couple more from my experience:
 
DO get your birth certificate and marriage license (if applicable) Apostilled before you start your visa. It takes a month to get such a document back and you’ll save time.
 
DO be extra patient in the summer or avoid August all together. Many people in the Netherlands are on vacation during July or August so everything, even immigration paperwork, slows way down.
 
DO stay on top of your employer for paperwork. If you are entering the US based on a job, your employer will need to provide proof of your employment and salary. It can be troublesome to get, especially in the summer.
 
DO start your pet paperwork with at least a 3 month lead time if bringing a cat or dog.

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