How to Apply

Student Visa (F-1/M-1)

Before you can apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for an F or M student visa, you must first apply to and be accepted by a SEVP approved school. Visit the Department of Homeland Security Study in the States school search page to search for SEVP-certified schools.

When you are accepted by the U.S. school you plan to attend, you will be enrolled in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). You must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee. The U.S. school will provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1/M-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students (Form I-20) to present to the consular officer when you attend your visa interview. The I-20 form will have a SEVIS identification number in the upper right corner. If your spouse and/or children intend to reside with you in the United States while you study, they must obtain individual Form I-20s, but they do not pay the SEVIS fee. Applicants must go online to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) SEVIS I-901 fee processing website in order to register the number within the system. Visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) website to learn more about SEVIS and the SEVIS I-901 Fee

Exchange Visitor Visa (J-1)

Before you can apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for a J-1 visa, you must first apply for and be accepted into an exchange visitor program through a designated sponsoring organization. Visit the Department of State J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program website to learn about program requirements, regulations, and more.

When you are accepted into the exchange visitor program you plan to participate in, you will be enrolled in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Most J-1 Exchange Visitors must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee. After your program sponsor enters your information in the SEVIS system, a SEVIS-generated Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status (Form DS-2019) is provided to you. All exchange visitors, including their spouses and minor children, must be registered in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Each person receives a separate Form DS-2019. Visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) website to learn more about SEVIS and the SEVIS I-901 Fee.

In addition to the Form DS 2019, participants in the J-1 Trainee and Intern categories require Form DS-7002 (based on Box 7 on Form DS-2019). Learn more about the Trainee and Intern programs.

Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements. If more than one person is included in your passport, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application.

This form must be completed by all applicants for all visa types.  Failure to answer all questions accurately on this form could result in significant delays. If someone assisted you in filling out this form, that person’s name and contact information must also be listed in the space provided.

Please also note that if you upload a passport style photo to your Form DS-160 that meets all of the guidelines, it is possible that your visa may be ready for pick-up the same day of your interview.  Read more about photo requirements.

After filling out the DS-160 online, please print out the confirmation page ONLY and bring it with you on the day of the interview.

To schedule an appointment for a non-immigrant visa (NIV) interview, please consult the Consulate’s online NIV Appointment System. Please have your DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form Confirmation Number handy. It is located on your DS-160 confirmation page, in bold print.

Note: If your last visa application was refused in Curacao and you are applying again, contact the Consulate by e-mail at NIVCuracao@state.gov to schedule an appointment.

On the day of your interview, please have ready:

Required Documentation:

  1. Valid Passport
  2. The DS-160 application form confirmation page
  3. One photo two inches by two inches in size (5 cm X 5 cm) on a white background. Please also note that if you upload a passport style photo to your Form DS-160 that meets all of the guidelines, it is possible that your visa may be ready for pick-up the same day of your interview.  Read more about photo requirements.
  4. For F and M Visas, completed SEVIS Form: I-20A-B (for F1 or F3 students) or Form I-20M-N (for M-1 students) properly completed and signed by both the Designated School Official (DSO) and the applicant. More information on SEVISNOTE:  You must bring the original I-20 with original signatures.
  5. For J Visas, completed DS-2019 Form: Name on form must exactly match the name in your passport and has been entered into the SEVIS system by the U.S. academic institution. More information on SEVIS. 
  6. SEVIS Fee Receipt: Most J, F, and M applicants must pay a SEVIS fee.  Please bring an electronic receipt or I-797 receipt to your interview. Information on how to pay the SEVIS fee.
  7. Proof that you can pay for the first year of the program.

Optional Documentation:

  1. Passports containing all previous U.S. visas, even if expired
  2. Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
  3. ID Card if 18 or over
  4. Proof of Finances (bank statements)
  5. Proof of Education (school diploma, transcripts, standardized test scores, etc.)
  6. Proof of Employment (pay slips, company credential, letter from Human Resources Department)

The above items should not be considered an exhaustive list and presentation of these documents does not guarantee visa issuance.  Be prepared to explain to the visa officer and present evidence regarding why you are going to the US and why you will return to the Dutch Caribbean.

Each applicant for a visitor visa must pay a non-refundable application fee in US dollars or Curacao Guilders. The fee is paid in cash at the time of the interview and covers the costs of processing the visa application.  The fee is non-refundable.

If you are a national of a country other than the Kingdom of the Netherlands, you may wish to consult the Visa Reciprocity Tables to find out if you must pay a visa issuance reciprocity fee. Reciprocity fees must be paid at the Visa Section on the day of your interview. These fees apply to various categories of visas and differ by nationality and the number of years the visa is valid for. They may be paid in US dollars or Curacao Guilders.

Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. You may not enter with food, guns, weapons, or any liquids, including beverages, hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial gels.  All electronic equipment is also prohibited, such as cellular telephones, photographic or video cameras, radios and computers.  There are no storage facilities; therefore, if you arrive with any of the items above, you will be turned away and asked to make a new appointment.

If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled appointment, you will not be able to enter the U.S. Consulate for your interview and you will be asked to make an appointment for another day.  Please note that scheduling flights that arrive to Curacao just before the interview may result in your late arrival to your appointment and costly rescheduling of flights at the applicant’s expense.

It is important to be honest during the interview; misleading, lying, and/or presenting false or altered documentation may result in a permanent visa ineligibility.

Passports are returned to applicants next day in the afternoon at the U.S. Consulate General Curacao.  Applicants who do not reside in Curacao must arrange delivery of the passport by commercial courier (FedEx / DHL) at the applicant’s expense or can choose to collect the passport next day (in person or by authorized third party) at the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao.  To authorize someone else to collect your passport, give the individual your receipt of service or a signed letter authorizing the person to collect your passport.

Please also note that if you upload a passport style photo to your Form DS-160 that meets all of the guidelines, it is possible that your visa may be ready for pick-up the same day of your interview.  Read more about photo requirements.