Information about Schengen visa for the Netherlands and Finland
The embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Islamabad will outsource parts of the Schengen visa process. The embassy's outsource partner is VFS Worldwide Holdings Ltd, and the visa application centers are operated by Gerry's. This means that visa applications can no longer be handed in at the embassy but that the initial processing will be done at Gerry's visa application center.
From 21 April 2014 onwards, Schengen visa applicants may therefore submit their visa application at one of the visa application centers in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi at the following locations without an appointment:
- 14-B Sadiq Plaza Opposite Meraj Hotel, G-9 Markaz, Islamabad
- 20 A, Opposite Ganga Ram Hospital, Queen's Road, Lahore
- 43/1/E, Razi Road, Block 6 P.E.C.H.S, Karachi
An appointment for submitting applications at the visa application centers is not required.
Applications submitted at Gerry’s visa application centers will be assessed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, located in Islamabad. For the time being, information about the required documentation is available on the embassy’s webpages. In due course this information will become available exclusively on the website of VFS.Global. Please note that the embassy’s appointment calendar can no longer be used, and will be de-activated.
Representation of Finland
The Embassy of Netherlands in Islamabad is representing Finland in the Schengen visa issues. The same procedure and requirements apply when you submit a visa application for a visa to Finland.
Applicants have to submit their visa applications in person at the Gerry's office. Also children and babies. Only persons who have received and used two Schengen visa in the last three years, do not have to come in person. They can send a messenger to submit the application and pay the visa fee.
Visa issuing time frame
The legal time frame of issuing a Schengen visa is 15 days.
For some nationalities, (such as Pakistan) other Schengen countries need to be consulted before issuing visa. This consultation process may take up to two weeks before the visa application can be finalized.
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All necessary documents have to be submitted by the applicant, together with the visa application form. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit a complete application.
Bring photocopies of all original documents that you need returned.
If you already submitted a visa application and you have to submit additional documents, please email them in pdf format to: ISL-VZ@minbuza.nl mentioning your file number in the subject line which starts with NLDISL201…. and is mentioned on your receipt.
Visa for more than 90 days – MVV
If you wish to stay in the Netherlands for more than 3 months and you are not (a family member of) an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, you have to apply for a residence permit at the Immigration- & Naturalisation Service (IND) in the Netherlands.
There are two ways to apply for the MVV visa:
1. You may submit an application at the Embassy. Please send an email to email@example.com to book an appointment for your visit to the embassy.
2. Your sponsor in the Netherlands can start the mvv procedure at the IND.
For more information about requirements and procedure please visit the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Department (IND) of the Ministry of Justice.
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Address and instructions how to reach the consular and visa
Address: Plot 167, Street No 15, Sector G-5, Diplomatic Enclave.
Visitors for the consular and visa department are requested to use the “Diplomatic enclave shuttle service” to get access to the diplomatic enclave. This accounts for visitors of all nationalities, including Pakistani and Dutch. The bus departs from the special bus stop at: 3rd Avenue, Quaid-e-Azam University Road, G-5, Islamabad. Telephone numbers of the shuttle service are: 051-2601521, 051-2601523 or 051 2601524.
Because of security checks you must arrive at the shuttle bus stop at least 1 hour before the appointment. You should arrive at the embassy no later than 30 minutes before your appointment. In order to use the shuttle bus you must show your identity card or passport and present proof that you have an appointment at the embassy.