Visa for Belgium
As from Tuesday 3 January, visa applications for Belgium should be submitted at the TLS Visa Application Center. To be directed to the TLS website, please click here.
IMPORTANT: On 20 November 2015 the Visa Information System (VIS) was introduced in the United Kingdom. Every applicant aged 12 years and over must apply in person in order to have fingerprints taken. Please see below under point 1 where and how to make an appointment.
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.
Implementation of visa biometrics starting 20 November 2015
Starting November 20th, 2015, all applicants for a Schengen visa will need to personally present themselves in order to have their biometric date registered.
Visa applications will be processed faster thanks to the use of biometrics (finger prints and a digital photograph). It will allow visa holders to be identified faster and this way identity theft can be countered.
The procedure to take finger prints is easy, quick and discrete. The applicant will only have to place his or her fingers on the digital scanner. If he or she wants to reapply for a visa within five years, new finger printing will not be required: the previous data stored in the Visa Information System (VIS) will be re-used. After five years the finger print data will be deleted.
When a visa holder arrives at the border, Schengen border control officers will use the VIS to check the identity and verify if the visa is genuine. Quick, easy and reliable biometric checks will help to prevent visa fraud. Honest applicants, the clear majority, will therefore be able to go through a faster procedure.
For more information about the VIS, see http://ec.europa.eu/vis.
- Where, when and how can you submit your visa application?
- How much is the handling fee (cost for processing your visa application)?
- Required documents
- Checking the status of your visa application
- Medical certificate - Certified doctors
- Certificate of good conduct
For easy and fast processing of your visa application, the application needs to be submitted at the 'Visa Application Centre' (VAC) and not at the embassy. The address, as well as all other information, can be found on https//be.tlscontact.com/gb/lon/index.php.
It is possible to submit your visa application at the embassy itself, provided you first make an appointment. Please note that waiting times are longer than at the VAC. Appointments may only be made via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The handling fee is paid in Pounds Sterling and can be paid by card, cash or postal order at the VAC. At the Embassy, payments can only be taken in cash.
The handling fee for a short term stay visa (C) is £54; for a long term stay visa (D) it is £162.
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 a 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. For more information about this, we refer you to the Immigration Office website.
When using the VAC, a service fee must be paid. Persons that are exempt from the handling fee are not exempt from paying this service fee.
You can download the visa application form and you will find all conditions on the FPS Home Affairs Immigration Office website, the only competent authority for the admittance, stay, residence and removal of foreigners.
You will also be able to find out information on the VAC website. You will find information about short stay (<90 days) also called C or Schengen visa on the one hand and long stay (>90 days) on the other hand.
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 VAC upon the submission of your file to the Immigration Office. 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, email@example.com). 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 or Consulate general will inform you personally.
The Embassy is not in a position to provide any further updates on your application while the decision is pending with the Ministry. Should you require your passport back in the meantime, please contact the VAC to request a temporary withdrawal of your passport.
Please click here to find information on how to obtain your certificate of good conduct.
Should you still have questions, we prefer to be contacted via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.