LM Immigration Services

Short stay

Do you want to come to the Netherlands or the Schengen area for up to 90 days? Then you will need a short-stay visa. We will be happy to help you prepare the application, or file an objection in the event of a rejection.

Short-stay visa

The short-stay visa is often called a holiday visa, tourist visa or Schengen visa. Schengen visa is often used because the visa gives access to 26 countries that make up the Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Czech Republic, Iceland, Sweden and Switzerland).

A short-stay visa can be applied for several reasons. The visa can be for a holiday, but also for family visits or a business trip. Some common conditions apply to all travel purposes. For each travel purpose, specific documents are additionally required for the application.


To get a short-stay visa, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You must have a valid passport have
  • You should sufficient income have (or a guarantor in the Netherlands)
  • You must have a medical travel insurance close
  • You must be able to prove that you return to your country of origin

You must be able to prove with valid documents that you meet these conditions. In addition, you will need the following documents, among others:

  • Proof of the destination (holiday, family visit, business trip)
  • Proof of travel (reservation for a return ticket)
  • Guarantee and/or accommodation (if applicable)
  • Passport photo

For each travel purpose and situation, there are some additional documents required for the application.


The application for the short-stay visa must be made at least 15 days before the start of the trip. At the earliest, the application can be made 6 months before the trip. We advise you to submit the application well before the date of travel.

The application must be made in the country of origin or the country where you reside with a valid residence permit. The application for the short stay visa is done at the Dutch representation in this country. Sometimes this is an embassy or consulate, but many countries have outsourced this service to VFS Global.


Do you receive a positive decision on your application for a short-stay visa? Then, in most cases, you can make an appointment to collect your passport containing the visa from the representation where you submitted the application. The exact procedure varies from country to country.

The short-stay visa is allocated for a maximum of 90 days. In total, you may stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days per 180 days. You can use the Schengen visa calculator of the European Commission calculate how many days are left in your situation.


Have you received a rejection? Often this is due to what is known as settlement risk. This means that it is thought that there is a high probability that you will not return to your home country before the visa expires. Other common grounds for rejection include not having sufficient funds and not having clearly demonstrated the purpose of travel.

The reason for rejection is often not clearly described in the letter you receive. We will be happy to help you find out why the visa has been rejected in your situation and then lodge an objection on your behalf. In the objection, we explain to the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) why you do meet the conditions and demonstrate this with the necessary documents. This will increase your chances of still being granted a short-stay visa and not being rejected the next time you apply.

For help applying for a short-stay visa or lodging an objection, contact LM Immigration Services. We will provide you with the right legal guidance to ensure a positive outcome.