Visas

Due to its small size, the U.S. Consulate General Curacao provides limited NIV processing.  Only applicants who meet the requirements below may apply in Curacao.  Individuals who do not meet these requirements must apply at another U.S. embassy or consulate.  Please read the following information carefully to determine if you are eligible.  Interviews are conducted in English and Spanish only.  Applicants wishing to interview in another language must bring an English-speaking translator.

Who Can Apply in Curacao?

The U.S. Consulate General Curacao accepts visa applications only from residents of Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius who meet one or more of the following requirements.

  • Hold a Dutch passport.  (Note: In most cases, Dutch passport holders do not require a visa to travel to the United States. See the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for details.)
  • Are renewing a multiple-entry U.S. visa that is still valid or expired less than one year ago.
  • Are legally resident in Curaçao, Aruba, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius, or Saba for at least ten years Applicants must bring proof of legal residency in the Dutch Caribbean to the visa interview.
  • Legal residents of the islands, regardless of length of residency, applying for student and exchange visitor visas: F visas (degree-granting schools), J visas (exchange visitor programs), or M visas (vocational schools).
  • Children under the age of 18 whose parent(s) have a valid multiple-entry U.S. visa.

Who Cannot Apply in Curacao?  

  • Applicants who do not reside in the Dutch Caribbean.
  • First-time visa applicants with less than 10 years of residency in the Dutch Caribbean.
  • Applicants (regardless of citizenship or previous visas) for E, H, and L visas.  The U.S. Consulate General in Curacao does not process applications for these visa categories.

Applicants who are not eligible to apply in Curacao may apply at any other U.S. consulate or embassy. Convenient locations in the region include: Barbadosthe Dominican RepublicPanama,  VenezuelaColombiaJamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
If you are not eligible to apply for a non-immigrant visa at U.S. Consulate General Curacao but have extenuating circumstances that you think justify submitting your application here, you can send an e-mail to NIVCuracao@state.gov describing the nature of the emergency or why an exception should be made.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

To apply for a visa, select the non-immigrant visa category below that best describes your purpose of travel.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

If you wish to contact the NIV Unit about your visa, please send an email to NIVCuracao@state.gov. The Consular Section cannot discuss cases in which a visa application was refused.

The Consulate General in Curaçao does not issue Immigrant Visas.
All interested applicants from the Dutch Caribbean should apply at U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia.

If you are a student, traveling to the U.S. for business, or have a medical emergency, please email CuracaoEmergency@state.gov for an emergency appointment.  Please clearly indicate your need for an emergency appointment.

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.