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TRAVELING TO BELGIUM

Visa for Exchange Students (High School)

NEW: Biometric visa at the Embassy of Belgium in Washington, D.C.

People who apply for a visa at the Embassy of Belgium in Washington, D.C. will receive a visa which contains biometrics. At the moment of your application, a picture and your fingerprints will be taken.

To determine the consular office where you should introduce your application and to check office hours, please , click here.

APPLICATION FOR A TEMPORARY RESIDENCY VISA FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT EXCHANGE:

This information is for students who participate in exchange programs with the following recognized organizations: JINT vzw, American Field Service (AFS), VIA (Vrijwillige Internationale Actie), International Youth Exchange (IYA), Youth for Understanding, Bouworde, International Association Agricultural Students (IAAS), Rotary Club International, World Exchange Program, Erasmus and Tempus Programs (if your program is not mentioned please contact appropriate consular office, please click here ).

HOW TO APPLY?

Please submit in person:

1. Passport, valid for 15 months.

2. Two original visa application forms, duly completed, dated and signed.

3. Two recent passport pictures, signed on the back.

Include three sets of the following documents (one original set of documents and two copies) collated and stapled:

The originals will be returned to you together with your passport and visa.  You will need them to register at city hall in Belgium.
 

4. For students 21 and over: a nationwide criminal history record (FBI Identification Record) covering the last five years, obtained from the FBI CJIS Division (Record Request, 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg, WV 26306), dated within six months of your date of application for the visa. For more information, please go to the FBI website.

5. A medical certificate according to the model enclosed, on the doctor’s letterhead. For a list of doctors affiliated with the Embassy or the Consulate General, click here.

If you choose your family physician, the doctor's signature needs to be notarized. The medical document should be less than 3 months old from the date of your application.

6. A duly notarized financial support declaration, signed by head of the exchange organization, guaranteeing payment of travel, living, educational, medical and repatriation expenses. 

The sponsor may also sign the document in person at the Embassy or the Consulate General.  The signature legalization fee is 14.00 USD.  For the sample form of a parent/guardian financial support form, please go to Dutch/English form - French/English form.  Please note that in general the exchange organizations have their own standard form.

As a guideline, the amount of about 6,000 $ should be available to the student on an annual basis (excluding tuition).

7. In the case of a minor of age (under 18), a letter of parental authorization. Both parents need to sign this letter. The letter specifies the purpose and the duration of the stay in Belgium.

8. Visa application fee: 70.00 USD in cash, certified check or money order. Personal checks are not accepted.

In the Embassy in Washington, you can now also pay with a credit card.

 

A personal appearance is required and you must apply in person at the Embassy or Consulate General in whose jurisdiction you reside.

If you wish to make the application by mail (this is possible at the consulates in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, but not at the Embassy in Washington, DC), the following requirements apply:
(1) your signature on the application form must be notarized (certified) by a notary public of your place of residence in the U.S.

(2) do not send your application documents to an Honorary Consul. The application will be processed by the Embassy or by a Consulate General. Always make sure you mail your application to the competent Embassy or Consulate General.  Only the Honorary Consuls in Nassau (Bahamas) and San Juan (Porto Rico) may accept visa-applications and they will send them to the Embassy..

 

After verification of your application, a personal appearance will still be necessary to collect your passport with the visa.

Please request your student visa at least three weeks prior to your intended departure date The normal processing time for this type of visa is one week. For non US citizens, the processing time may be considerably longer.

IMPORTANT REMARKS

If you wish to apply for a student visa for academic year 2006/2007, your application will have to be processed before November 15, 2006. For current and up-to-date instructions for the coming year, please contact the appropriate consular office in April or May of each year.

Please request your student visa at least three weeks prior to you intended departure date.  The normal processing time for this type of visa is one week.  For non US citizens, the processing time may be considerably longer.

UPON ARRIVAL IN BELGIUM

It is important that you register at the local City Hall within 8 days of your arrival. The local authorities will provide you with an identity document for a foreign student temporarily living in Belgium. This document will allow you to enter and leave the country. This document will also show the exact duration of stay.

 

 

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