Object decision on Schengen or transit visa

Last update: 31 October 2023

You disagree with the decision on your application for a short-stay or transit visa. Find out how you can object.

Object in the right country

You can only object to the IND if the Netherlands has decided on your application. Did another country take the decision? Then you must object in that country.

Object in the right country

You can only object to the IND if the Netherlands has decided on your application. Did another country take the decision? Then you must object in that country.

When to object

You applied to a Dutch representation (embassy or consulate) for a Schengen visa for a short stay in the Netherlands, for example for business, a holiday, or a family visit. Or you applied there for a transit visa for a transit in the Netherlands. Your visa application has been rejected. Do you disagree with the decision? Then you can object.

You must object within 4 weeks.

At the moment, an appeal can take longer than 12 months to process. Is this too long for your situation? You can also apply for a new visa. Please note that you will then have to pay a visa fee again. Before your application, read the letter (decision) about the rejection carefully. It explains why you did not receive a visa. For example, because you could not show the correct documents. Then make sure that you do have the correct documents with the new application.

For more information about a new visa application, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Applying for a Schengen visa for the Netherlands.

Who can object

You can object yourself, or someone else can object for you. These people can object for you.

  • Your legal representative. This is a parent, guardian, or someone else who manages your affairs.
  • A lawyer.
  • A specially authorised person. This is someone who you give permission to object on your behalf. You must give this person written permission (authorisation). Use this form:
     

Assistance when objecting

You can ask someone who provides legal or other assistance to help you object. Find out more about legal or other assistance providers from the Juridisch Loket (legal aid and advice centre).

Process and costs

These are the steps in the objection process:

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