How many times have you come across the term the Schengen Area or the Schengen Visa? Have you ever wondered what it is ? Let us go back to the 14th of June in 1985, to a small town in Luxembourg called Schengen, the five of the ten members of the European Union met together to sign a treaty known as the Schengen Agreement.
The treaty proposed measures to gradually remove border checks and create common boundaries among these countries to initiate free movement of trade and labor. Initially, this treaty operated outside the European Union. In 1999, the EU incorporated this policy and today 26 member countries are part of the Schengen Area.
According to the Schengen Scheme, all the 26 countries in this area have a single immigration policy. Whether it is to visit, to study or to work, you need a Schengen Visa. This visa also lets you travel in and out of any of these 26 countries. If you want to migrate to the Netherlands, you can apply for a Schengen Visa.