Visa for Belgium
New contribution for visa LONG stay - D
Since the 2nd of March 2015, a contribution is required for the processing of certain long stay (D) visa applications.
This contribution can be paid by either the applicant or a third person (family members, acquaintance, sponsor, guarantor, etc.). This contribution should be paid into the account of the Immigration Office in Belgium.
The proof of payment of this contribution needs to be presented at the time of the introduction of the visa application. Should the applicant be unable to provide a proof of payment, the visa application will be deemed inadmissible.
This contribution is to be paid on top of the handling fee of the long stay visa (handling fee = the equivalent of €180 in local currency). The handling fee will still need to be paid at the time of the application. An exemption for the handling fee, does not necessarily imply that one is also exempt for the contribution.
We therefore recommend you to carefully consult the website of the Immigration Office with regards to the amount of the contribution and the manner in which this is to be paid.
- Any bank charges or charges related to the transfer will need to be borne by the applicant or whomever performs the transfer.
- In the event that you have not paid the full amount, you will have an additional 30 days to transfer the additional amount. If you do not provide the proof that the full amount was paid within this period, the amount already paid will not be reimbursed and the application will be inadmissible.
- The contribution will likewise not be reimbursed in the event of a refusal of the visa.
- You need an appointment with Online Appointment System
Registration of the appointment should be done by each applicant, with the data of the applicant (not with the data of the spouse, guarantor, secretary, or other). This means that for family reunion you need to take an appointment for each member of the family (one appointment for the spouse, one appointment for child 1, one appointment for child 2, etc...). For delegations or groups: one appointment for each member of the delegation/group. The appointment is free of charge.
- The finger prints and digital photos are taken at the Embassy. Each visa applicant will have to present him- or herself personally at the introduction of the visa application.
- You can find the list of necessary documents on the website of the Immigration Office.
The travel health insurance and the airline ticket can be purchased AFTER the clearance of the visa application. Please make sure you present a complete file with the original documents (which will be given back to you) and 2 copies of the complete file. It is advisable to send your documents prior to your appointment to the embassy either by fax (00962 6 465 57 40) or scan your documents and send them via email to email@example.com. Please note that the embassy will not download any scans/messages/documents sent by an external service (e.g. dropbox).
Official documents (e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate...) should be duly legalized. You can make an appointment online - Online Appointment System - for legalization of documents. Your personal presence is not required.
Official documents from Iraq and Syria - and their official translations - will first be legalized by the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs (i.e. in Baghdad or in Damascus), then by the respective Embassy (i.e. of Iraq or of Syria) in Amman, then by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jordan in Amman.
- After being informed that your visa is ready, you can pick up your passport with the visa from Mon - Thu, between 2-3 pm.
- Due to the Schengen consultation the visa application procedure will take between 2 to 3 weeks, so you should submit your application as early as possible.
For a short stay, you normally should apply for your visa four (4) weeks prior to departure. Visa applications may take longer during the summer months, Ramadan, Christmas and New Year. Please keep this in mind when planning your trip.
For a long stay (students, family reunification,…), the delay can be up to 5 or 6 months.