Visa for Belgium

New contribution for visa LONG stay - D

Since the 2nd of March 2015 some foreign nationals have to pay a contribution which is to cover the administrative costs involved with the processing by the Immigration Office of a long stay visa application for Belgium. When submitting the visa application, the applicant who is required to pay the contribution has to demonstrate that the contribution has been paid in full.

This contribution is to be paid by the applicant or a third party (family member, acquaintance, sponsor, guarantor etc.) in a designated bank account in Belgium. The proof of payment will need to be provided at the time of submission of the visa application. In the event that an applicant is unable to provide the proof of payment, the visa application will be declared inadmissible.

The amount of this contribution and the exemptions that exist, can be found on the website of the FPS Home Affairs – Immigration Office: www.dofi.fgov.beNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag.

The cost of the long stay visa (handling fee - €180 equivalent in local currency), will remain and needs to be paid at the time of the application. Being exempt from paying the handling fee, does not mean that you are exempt from the contribution for administrative cost.

The contribution will need to be paid in euros in a Belgian bank account in the name of FPS Home Affairs, Immigration Office, details of which are:

Bank:
BPOST N.V., Muntcentrum, 1000 Brussel

Beneficiary:
FOD Binnenlandse Zaken, Dienst Vreemdelingenzaken, Antwerpse Steenweg 59B, 1000 Brussel

Account information:
IBAN: BE57 6792 0060 9235
BIC: PCHQBEBB

Reference:

The reference must be according to the following structure:

  • Name & First name of the applicant (as mentioned in the passport)
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth: day (dd) – month (MM) – year (YYYY)
  • Purpose (Article of the law of 15.12.1980 - please consult the abovementioned website of the Immigration Office to find the correct article).

Therefore: NAME_Given name_Nationality_Date of Birth(DD.MM.YYYY)_Article(mention the n°)Law15.12.1980.

Attention

  • Any costs involved with the transfer of the contribution are to be borne by the applicant or whomever makes the transfer.
  • The contribution will not be refunded in case of refusal of the visa or in the event that you pay too much.
  • In the event that you have not paid the full contribution, you will be able to transfer the remaining balance within a period of 30 days. If you do not prove that the outstanding balance was paid within this period, the Immigration Office will not refund the partial amount that had already been received and will consider the file inadmissible.



All the information concerning visa applications for Belgium is available on Belgian Immigration Office websiteNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag, which is the competent authority for access to the territory, stay, residence and removal of foreigners in Belgium.

Click on the heading that applies to your situation to know the list of documents to be provided when applying for a visa.

More information about the applicable tariffsNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag can be found on our website.

 

Where to apply for a visa?

If you live in India

Depending on your place of residence, either the Embassy in New DelhiNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag or the Consulate General in MumbaiNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag will be competent to handle your application.

Applications have to be lodged with the Belgian VFS countersNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag in the following cities:

  • North: Delhi, Chandigarh and Kolkata
  • Centre: Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad
  • South: Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad

All information regarding addresses, opening hours and other practical modalities are available on the VFS websiteNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag for Belgium.

Holders of official and diplomatic passports can lodge their visa application directly at the visa section of the Embassy or the Consulate GeneralNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag, together with the required Verbal Note from the MEA and, if appropriate, with the mission order issued by the applicant’s own administration. 
  
 
If you live in NEPAL 
 
If you need a short stay visa (up to 90 days) C type - Schengen, please contact the Embassy of Germany in KathmanduNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag who represents Belgium in this matter.

All information regarding address, opening hours and other practical modalities are available on the visa page of their websiteNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag.

If you need a long stay visa (more than 90 days) D type - Belgian, please submit your application at the Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Kathmandu.

All information regarding address, opening hours and other practical modalities are available on our websiteNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag
  
 
If you live in BANGLADESH  
  
If you need a short stay visa (up to 90 days) C type - Schengen, please contact the Embassy of Sweden in Dhaka who represents Belgium in this matter.

All information regarding address, opening hours, and other practical modalities are available on the visa page of their websiteNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag.

If you need a long stay visa (more than 90 days) D type - Belgian, please submit your application at the Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Dhaka.

All information regarding address, opening hours and other practical modalities are available on our websiteNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag.  
   
 
If you live in SRI LANKA  
  
If you need a short stay visa (up to 90 days) type C - Schengen, please contact the Embassy of Switzerland in ColomboNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag who represents Belgium in this matter.

All information regarding address, opening hours, and other practical modalities are available on the visa page of their websiteNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag.

If you need a long stay visa (more than 90 days) D type - Belgian, please submit your application at the Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Colombo.

All information regarding address, opening hours and other practical modalities are available on our websiteNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag

If you live in BHUTAN or the MALDIVES

Please contact the Embassy of Belgium in New Delhi directly at the following e-mail address: visa.newdelhi@diplobel.fed.be


  
General remarks for the countries of the jurisdiction

The representation regarding visa matters in the countries of the jurisdiction applies only to Schengen visa (up to 90 days) needed for the followings reasons:

• Tourist visits
• Visits to family or friends
• Cultural or sports manifestations
• Business trips
• Short traineeships
• Transit through the Schengen area

Short stay visa applications aiming at a longer stay in Belgium (e.g. marriage in Belgium), are not covered by the representation agreement and must therefore be lodged with the Embassy of Belgium through VFS. 
  
 

How to extend a visa in Belgium?

All information on this subject can be found on the website of the Immigration OfficeNo label found for: as_externallink.alttag of the Federal Public Service Home Affairs.

Once the Immigration Office has approved your request to extend your stay in Belgium, you must go to the FPS Foreign Affairs (Rue des Petits Carmes 27, 1000 Brussels – Monday to Friday, 9.30 am - 11.30 am) with your passport and, if necessary, with the required fee (EUR 30).