Visa for Belgium
- Where, when and how can you submit your visa application?
- How much is the handling fee (cost for processing your visa application)?
- Required documents
- Information about specific (local) documents
- Checking the status of your visa application
- Schengen representation for visa
For easy and fast processing of your visa application, the application needs to be submitted at the 'Visa Application Centre' (VAC). The address as well as all other information can be found on www.vfsglobal-be-ng.com.
It is possible to submit your visa application at the Embassy, provided you first make an appointment. Please note that waiting times are longer than at the VAC. Appointments can only be made by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Diplomatic and official passport holders can apply directly at the Embassy during normal opening hours. Check opening hours on www.diplomatie.belgium.be/nigeria.
Belgium does not have a visa section in Benin or in Togo. For short stay visas (max 90 days), Belgium is represented by the French Embassy in Cotonou and Lomé (see point 6 Schengen representation). However short stay visa with a long stay purpose are excluded from this representation (e.g. visas to get married, visas for official cohabitation, return visas) as well as visas for medical treatment. These applications have to be submitted at the Visa Application Center in Lagos or Abuja: www.vfsglobal-be-ng.com.
For long stay visas (more than 90 days), applicants from Benin and Togo must apply at the Visa Application Center in Lagos or Abuja: www.vfsglobal-be-ng.com.
The handling fee is paid in cash in Nigerian Naira at the bank teller counter at the Visa Application Center.
The handling fee for a short term stay visa (C) is the equivalent of 60 euro to be paid in cash in naira: www.vfsglobal-be-ng.com/tourist_visafees.html.
For a long term stay visa (D) the handling fee is the equivalent of 180 euro to be paid in cash in naira: www.vfsglobal-be-ng.com/work_visafees.html.
An additional contribution is required for the processing of certain visa D applications, in which case you will be requested to submit a proof of payment of this additional contribution as part of your visa application. If you are unable to do so at the time of the submission of your application, the application will be considered inadmissible.
Please note that the handling fee is to be paid at the time of the application. In case the applicant is exempt from paying the handling fee, he or she is not automatically exempted from paying the additional contribution.
There are certain exceptions to the standard fee of 60 euros for a C visa and 180 euro for a D visa. You can find all relevant information with this regard on the website of the Foreigner’s Office.
If an external service provider submits the application (VAC), a service fee must be paid to the Visa Application Center. Persons that are exempt from the handling fee are not exempt from paying this service fee. For more information on the service fee please check www.vfsglobal-be-ng.com. The VAC’s also offer some optional additional services like sms and courier services.
You can download the visa application form and you will find all conditions on the FPS Home Affairs Immigration Office website, the only competent Belgian authority for the admittance, stay, residence and removal of foreigners. You will also find the application form and the lists of required documents specific for Nigeria, Benin and Togo on the VAC’s website: www.vfsglobal-be-ng.com.
Short stay visa (= max. 90 days)
All general information regarding visa applications for short stays and the supporting documents can be found on the website of the Immigration Office.
Biometry – Visa Information System (VIS)
All Schengen visa applicants must appear in person, except children younger than 12, to have their 10 fingerprints and their photograph registered. These data are stored for 5 years in the VIS. The fingerprint registration procedure takes only a few minutes and identifies you with certainty as the sole licensee of the visa. It protects you against falsification or abuse of your identity (for instance, if your passport is stolen) and optimizes the border crossing. For more extensive information, we refer you to the European Union website.
Long stay visa (= more than 90 days)
All general information regarding visa applications for long stays and the supporting documents can be found on the website of the Immigration Office.
The registration of biometric data (fingerprints and photo) is compulsory for all student visa applications.
There are 2 categories of students that are exempt from the registration of biometric data:
- Students with a scholarship from the Belgian state
- Students that participate in an exchange programme or that avail of inter-university mobility
You can get a medical certificate through one of the doctors certified by the Embassy: www.vfsglobal-be-ng.com/pdf/Approved_medical_practitioners_010216.pdf.
Belgian embassies and consulates general must submit certain visa applications to the Immigration Office of the Federal Public Service Home Affairs for a final decision. It is the only competent authority with regards to the admittance, stay, residence and removal of foreigners from Belgian territory. In such a case, your file number will be communicated to you by the Embassy upon the submission of your file to the Immigration Office. If an external service provider submits the application (outsourcing), you may obtain this number by sending a mail to email@example.com. From this stage onwards, the Immigration Office is the only authority to contact, if you wish to know the status of your application. With the file number you can inquire about the status of your application (Antwerpsesteenweg 59B, 1000 Brussels, T: +32.2.793.80.00, firstname.lastname@example.org). Using this number, you can also check the status of your visa application on the Immigration Office website.
Once a decision has been taken, the Belgian Embassy will inform you personally.
The Belgian Embassy in Abuja represents Estonia, Lithuania, Luxemburg and the Netherlands (only for the northern part of Nigeria - www.vfsglobal-be-ng.com/applyforvisa.html) for short stay visa applications (max. 90 days).
The Belgian Embassy in Abuja represents Luxembourg for long stay visa applications (more than 90 days).
In Benin, Belgium is represented by the Embassy of France in Cotonou for handling short stay visa applications (except for certain types of visas like visas to get married, visa for official cohabitation, return visas or visa for medical treatment). Please consult their website for more information: www.ambafrance-bj.org/Besoin-d-un-visa.
In Togo, Belgium is represented by the Embassy of France in Lomé for handling short stay visa applications (except for certain types of visas like visas to get married, visa for official cohabitation, return visas or visa for medical treatment). Please consult their website for more information: www.ambafrance-tg.org/Visa-court-sejour-Schengen-moins.
Should you still have questions, please contact us via email@example.com or +234 806 979 22 33 (between 09:00 and 10:00).