How to Apply

Labor Certification – Some temporary worker visa categories require your prospective employer to obtain a labor certification or other approval from the Department of Labor on your behalf before filing the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129, with USCIS. Your prospective employer should review the Instructions for Form I-129 on the USCIS website to determine whether labor certification is required for you.

Petition Approval – Some temporary worker categories are limited in total number of petitions which can be approved on a yearly basis. Before you can apply for a temporary worker visa, a Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129, must be filed on your behalf by a prospective employer and be approved by USCIS. For more information about the petition process, eligibility requirements by visa category, and numerical limits, if applicable, see Working in the U.S. and Temporary (Nonimmigrant) Workers on the USCIS website. Once the petition is approved, USCIS will send your prospective employer a Notice of Action, Form I-797.

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.

Completed Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form DS-160

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.  Parents or legal guardians of children under 14 years old should sign this form on their behalf. 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 to schedule an appointment.

On the day of your interview, please have ready:

  • completed application form(s)DS-160 for each applicant and the printed confirmation page for each form.
  • one photo two inches by two inches in size (5 cm X 5 cm) on a white background. Read more about Photo requirementsPlease 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.
  • a passport in good condition and valid for at least six months after your proposed date of entry into the U.S.
  • approved petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129.
  • the non-refundable application fee (must be paid in cash in U.S. Dollars or Curacao Guilders at the time of the interview).
  • proof of finances (bank statements)
  • proof of education (school diploma)
  • proof of employment (pay slips, company credential, letter from Human Resources Department)
  • Beginning August 23, 2021, all individuals over the age of 14 years entering the Consulate will be required to show either:
    1) A proof of COVID-19 vaccination or
    2) A negative PCR or Antigen test administered within 3 days of the interview Individuals without a vaccine or negative Covid-19 test will not be allowed into the Consulate. Furthermore, facemasks are still required in the Consulate building.
    For information on where to get vaccinations and Covid-19 tests, please visit our Covid-19 Information page.
  • additional documents may be required, depending on the applicant’s visa category and personal circumstances. Please refer to specific visa documentary requirements on the U.S. State Department travel website. 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.

Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant’s residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a nonimmigrant visa. If you do choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a nonimmigrant visa.

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 U.S. 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.