Dutch Embassy: Why we stopped issuing visas to Nigerians

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The embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria on Tuesday reminded Nigerians that it is no longer in charge of issuing visas to them.

The embassy’s charge d’ affaires, Michel Deleen, said in Lagos that the embassy had since 2013 swapped its visa issuance processes in Nigeria with the French Consulate General in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja.

“Let me remind Nigerians that since 2013, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria had signed agreements with the French Consulate-General in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja.

“What this means is that we have swapped our visa application processes in Nigeria with the French Consulate-General in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja.

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“Let me remind Nigerians that under these agreements, any Nigerian that wants to visit the Netherlands for business, study or tourism should always process their visa applications through the French Consulate-General in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja.”

The charge d’ affaires said it was important for Nigerians and other nationals in Nigeria to know that VFS Global is the authorised organisaton for receiving all visa applications.

“When you first apply to VFS Global for visas to the Netherlands, VFS Global would thereafter send them to the French Consulate-General in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja for processing,” he said.   

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