38 Hyde Park Gate,
VFS Telephone: 0871 376 0023
Online: VFS website
Do I need a visa to visit The Netherlands?
Some countries have special relationships with other countries which enables their residents to travel freely between the two without a visa. Check if you definitely need a visa to travel by checking the website.
How can I apply?
You must apply through the VFS centre which is located at:
66 Wilson Street
To make an appointment you must apply through the VFS Website
To contact the VFS centre you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0871 376 0023 between 08:30-17:30 hours Monday-Friday. (Please note that calls are charged at 6 pence per minute in addition to your normal network charges).
Please note: It may take you several weeks to get an appointment at an Embassy, especially before the Christmas, Easter and summer vacations. Therefore, you should be making your application at least 8-12 weeks before you intend to travel.
What documents do I need?
The University has a checklist to assist you in collecting the required documents, however for a for a full list of documentation required, you should check the Dutch VFS website
How do I get to the VFS Centre?
Information on how to get to the VFS Centre and a map is available here. The nearest stations are Old Street Station, Moorgate Station, and Liverpool Street Station. You can find out more on how to get to the VFS Centre on their Contact Page.
If you have a morning appointment, you will probably have to book overnight accommodation in London to ensure that you arrive in time. Make sure you plan your route across London on a map before you go. If your appointment is early in the morning, try and have a practice walk of the route the day before your appointment. You will not be seen or offered a later appointment if you miss your slot.
See www.megabus.com for cheap bus travel between Cardiff and London, www.nationalexpress.com/coach/index.cfm for National Express coaches to all destinations and www.thetrainline.com for trains between all stations.
See www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-hotels or www.hostelworld.com for cheap hotels and hostels. In London, you may also be able stay at The International Students House www.ish.org.uk/accommodation/. Contact them direct for details.
How long will it take?
As a general rule, a decision will be taken on your application within 15 calendar days. This period may, in individual cases, extend to 30 days and, in exceptional cases, 60 days, if a more detailed assessment of your application and/or additional documents are required.
When you have had your documents checked at your appointment, the Embassy official will retain your passport (and the copies of your documents) for a decision to be made. Your passport will then be posted back to you. Most embassies aim to return your passport within a few days. The Netherlands Consulate advises that the process can take up to 3 weeks depending on the circumstances of the case and the time of year.
How can the Immigration & International Student Advice team help me with my Schengen visa?
The IISA does not offer a service whereby they make your Schengen visa application or appointment for you. This is because generally travelling outside of the UK during your studies is for your personal pleasure. They can however check through your documents before sending/your appointment.
If you would like an adviser to check your documents for you, you should email email@example.com stating which country you are applying to and the date of your appointment. Please note that this service is not guaranteed and is subject to staff availability and IISA commitments.
You should start making your Schengen visa application at least 8-12 weeks before your proposed travel date.