TRAVELING TO BELGIUM
Visa for Students (Higher Education)
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.
HOW TO APPLY?
Please submit in person:
1. Passport, valid for 15 months.
2. Two original
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:
will be returned to you together with your passport and visa. You will need them
when you register at the city hall of your residence in Belgium.
4. For students 21 years 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
that a nationwide criminal history record is required for
all students 18 years and over, if the student intends to study at a
non accredited institution.
certificate according to the model enclosed, on the doctors
letterhead. For a
list of doctors affiliated with the Embassy or the
Consulate General, click
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
6. A duly notarized financial support declaration
signed by the applicant’s parents or sponsor, guaranteeing payment of
travel, living, educational, medical and repatriation expenses.
of the sponsor needs to be notarized by a Notary Public, but the sponsor
may also sign the financial support declaration in person at the Embassy
or Consulate General. The fee for this is 14.00 USD.
have a scholarship or grant should submit original proof of this.
7. proof of solvency of parents or sponsor (attestation from bank;
letter of employment, pay slips covering a period of 6 months). As
a guideline, the amount of about 6.000 USD should be available to the
student on an annual basis (excluding tuition).
8. An attestation from a fully accredited academic institution,
certifying that the applicant is accepted and/or registered as a
regular, full-time student or research student. For Fullbright and BAEF
scholars, a letter from the sponsoring organization is required.
9. 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 also pay with a
A personal appearance is required and you must apply in person at the
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
normal processing time for this type of visa is one week. For non US citizens,
the processing time may be considerably longer.
For your dependent family members (also 1 original with one copy and an extra set
of originals for use in Belgium):
A complete application package as stated above, and in addition:
For your spouse : the birth certificate and the marriage certificate
For the children : the birth certificates with an
Proof of lodging for the whole family: please make arrangements to obtain accommodations
prior to your intended departure (the International Student Office of the university in question
may be able to assist you).
- Proof that the principal visa applicant is authorized to reside in
Belgium (copy of registration at a university)
If the spouse and/or children are not US citizens, please contact the consular
You will need translations (in French or Dutch) of the US birth
certificates and marriage certificates to register in the commune where
you will reside.
IF YOU ARE MARRIED TO A EU-CITIZEN, PLEASE CONTACT THE
CONSULATE WHERE YOU HAVE TO APPLY FOR YOUR VISA.
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.
Also, applications by students enrolled in an educational institute not
recognized by the Belgian state have to be referred to the appropriate Belgian
authorities for processing. Certain restrictions apply and the processing
time will be much longer than the indicated three weeks.
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 yourself and your family at the local City Hall within
8 days of your arrival. The local authorities will provide you (and your family
members) 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.