Object decision on a Schengen or transit visa

Last update: 10 January 2023

Do you disagree with the decision on your application for a Schengen or transit visa? Then you can object against this decision. Find out how on this page.

Who can object against a decision on a visa

You have submitted an application to a Netherlands embassy or consulate for a Schengen visa for a short stay in the Netherlands. Or for a transit visa for a stopover in the Netherlands. You have received a decision on this application for a tourist visa, business visa or transit visa. You do not agree with the decision and want to object against this decision. Someone else can also object against the decision for you.

Object in the country responsible for the application decision

Did a country other than the Netherlands decide on your visa application? Please object against this decision with that country. You cannot object against this decision with the IND.

How to object against the decision with the IND

Applying for review can be done in 2 different ways.

Online application

Use the online form objection visa application. The form gives a step-by-step explanation on how to submit your objection against the decision.

Written application

Send your objection to the IND by post. In this letter you explain why you disagree with the decision. You write the letter in Dutch. Will you be writing the letter in English, German or French? Then the IND could ask for you to provide a Dutch translation.

The objection must include the following information:

  • Your name and address
  • The date
  • The name and date of birth of the person who applied for the visa
  • The reasons why you believe the decision is not right
  • Documents showing why you believe you should receive a visa
  • Your signature
  • A copy of the decision

Please send your objection to:
IND Visadienst
Postbus 2
9560 AA Ter Apel

Or by fax to: 08804 – 32853

Four-week objection period

The period to object against the decision is 4 weeks. This means that you must send your objection within 4 weeks. The 4-week period starts on the day you receive the decision on your visa application.

Objection against a positive decision

Did you received a positive decision on your visa application but do you disagree with part of it? For example, the start date or period of validity. You cannot object against this decision until after you collected your visa. You can object against this decision within 4 weeks after you collected the visa at a Dutch embassy or consulate.

Having someone else object against the IND decision

Are you unable or unwilling to object against the decision yourself? Then someone else may also object for you. These persons can object against the IND decision for you:

  • Your legal representative. This is a parent, guardian or other person who handles your affairs.
  • An attorney.
  • A special authorised representative.

A special authorised representative is someone who has your permission to object for you. You must authorise this person in writing. Use the the following form: 

 Or write your own letter in which you say whom you are authorising and what they are authorised to do. Please also sign the letter. Send the form or your own authorisation along with the objection against the decision. Please also include a copy of your passport.

Needing help with your objection against the decision

Do you need help? Then you can ask a legal assistance provider or other assistance providers to help you. Go to the website of the Legal Services Counter (Juridisch Loket) for information about legal and other assistance.

Assessment of your objection against the decision

The IND will decide on the objection to the decision within 6 weeks. This is called the decision period. The decision period can be extended for another 6 weeks. Therefore, the IND must have decided on your objection within a total of 12 weeks.

The decision period starts on the last day on which you could have lodged the objection, even if you lodge it sooner. Read more on the IND decision periods.

Positive or negative decision on your objection

The IND will send you the decision on your objection. If someone else objected for you, the IND will send the objection decision to that person.

Objection against the decision well-founded

The IND has decided that your objection against the IND decision is well-founded. You will receive a positive decision on your objection against the decision. This means you will receive the Schengen visa of transit visa. You can collect the visa within 3 months at the embassy or consulate where you applied for it.

Objection against the decision unfounded

The IND has decided that your objection against the IND decision is unfounded. Your objection against the decision will be rejected. You will not receive the tourist visa, business visa or transit visa. If you still disagree, you can lodge an appeal in court.

Appeal to court

If you received a negative decision on your objection, you can lodge an appeal in court. The decision letter indicates the deadline for appeal. Read more about lodging an appeal on the Judicial System (de Rechtspraak) website (in Dutch only).

The IND decides late

Has the decision period passed and you have still not received a decision on your objection? Then the IND is late in deciding. Find out what you can do if the IND is late with its decision.

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