Who Can Apply in Curacao

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?

Anyone who lives in Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Maarten, Saba, or St. Eustatius, and meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • I’m under 18 years of age and my parent has a U.S. visa; or
  • I’m renewing a visa that is still valid or expired less than one year ago; or
  • I’m applying for a F, M, J, or P visa (students, exchange visitors, athletes); or
  • I have a Dutch passport (Note: most Dutch passport holders don’t need a visa for travel. See the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for details.); or
  • I’ve been living legally in the Dutch Caribbean for 10 or more years (proof of legal residency will be required at the visa interview); or
  • I have requested and received approval for an exception to apply in Curacao. (If you are not eligible to apply for a non-immigrant visa at U.S. Consulate General Curacao but have special 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.)

Who Cannot Apply in Curacao?  

  • Applicants who do not live in the Dutch Caribbean.
  • First-time visa applicants with less than 10 years of residency who do not satisfy any of eligibility criteria mentioned above.
  • 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 RepublicPanamaVenezuelaColombiaJamaicaSuriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.