City of Utrecht Guarantor for a guest
Acting as a guarantor for a guest and providing private accommodation for your guest. Is someone from abroad staying with you? Does this person need a visa for the Netherlands? If so, your guest may need to provide a form (invitation letter) proving that they are living in private accommodation and/or that someone is acting as a guarantor for them. This form must have your legalised signature. The municipality arranges the legalisation of your signature.
The situations in which you need to apply for a form proving that your guest is living in private accommodation or that you are acting as a guarantor for them, are as follows:
- your guest is a national of one of the countries on this list
- your guest is unable to pay for the costs of their visit (max. 90 days)
What else do you need to know?
- Does your guest have enough money to fund their stay? If they do, then you do not need to act as guarantor. In that case, you only need to apply for a form (invitation letter) proving that your guest is living in private accommodation and have your signature legalised.
- What if your guest does not have enough money to fund his or her stay? Then you will also need to act as guarantor for your guest. If you act as guarantor, this means you are financially responsible for your guest. If you are married, or in a registered partnership, your partner is also financially responsible.
- Your guest may not stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days.
You can make an appointment to apply for the form proving that your guest is living in private accommodation and/or that you are acting as their guarantor.
How to make an appointment
If you want to make an appointment for any product of gemeente Utrecht, you need to do so digitally through the webpage of gemeente Utrecht. This webpage is in Dutch. This instruction how to make an appointment helps you make your appointment.
When making an appointment, choose 'Legalisation of signature'. During the appointment, we will create the form for you.
What do you need to bring with you?
- Valid proof of identity for yourself and your partner, if you have one
- Cash or your debit card
- You and your partner (if you have one) will need to come together to the appointment. If you are acting as a financial guarantor for your guest, as well as providing your guest with accommodation, then your partner must also co-sign.
- You and your partner (if you have one) will sign the form at our counter. The form will be prepared while you wait and will then be valid for 90 days
What happens if your partner is unable to come along with you? Then print out the form 'Acting as guarantor and providing private accommodation' and bring the completed and signed form with you to the counter. You should also bring your partner’s original identity document with you.
Legalising a signature on the form costs € 17,50 per signature.
After the application
You will send the form together with a copy of your proof of identity to your guest. Also include a copy of your payslips/benefit letters or bank statements as proof of regular income.
With this form, a copy of your identity document and proof of income, your guest will be able to go to the Dutch embassy and apply for a Dutch visa. Your guest will receive more information at the Dutch embassy in their own country.