Visa for Belgium: Historical ambiance, legal justice, economical prosperity, and top-rated education are a few of the many factors contributing to make Belgium a top favorite study abroad destination. (Read Popular Job Sectors Belgium) Belgium has deep cultural roots and renaissance essence yet it is a modern and progressive nation. Belgian people are famous for their amiable attitudes and welcoming nature, no wonder the country is home to French, German, Dutch, and Turkish ex-pats. Nationals of EU countries do not require a visa to study in Belgium but those belonging from Non-EU countries require a student visa to study in Belgium. The following guide will explain a step by step guide of attaining a student visa of Belgium:
Visa for Belgium
Acceptance Letter: The process of a student visa starts as soon as you receive an acceptance letter from a Belgium University. After submission of application successfully the students would have to wait for an official documented approval from a Belgian university. The acceptance letter issued in your name by a Belgium University serves as an official invitation which you will show to the Belgian Consulate or Embassy in your country to inquire visa process. The acceptance letter will only be accepted if it is from an accredited institute of the Belgium Government.
Applicants applying for Belgium Long Stay Visa (D Visa) Category are requested to appear in person at the visa application center to register their biometrics which includes scans of all fingerprints and live digital photos.
Step 1: Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your ‘purpose of visit’ – do remember we are here to assist and help you through the entire visa application process but are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa or how long it will take to process your application, as this is entirely the prerogative of the Embassy of Belgium in Islamabad.
Step 2: Please visit the “Schengen Visa” or “Long Term Visa” links for more information on the various visa types.
Step 3: Register online at https://visaonweb.diplomatie.be and complete your online visa application (handwritten application forms will not be accepted). Bring a printout of the application form that is emailed to you when you have finished. Further information on this process can be found on the website of the Embassy of Belgium.
Step 4: Please ensure that you furnish all the required documents. The document checklist and requirements can be viewed from this website at the specific visa sub-categories.
Step 5: Attend a visa application in person to submit your application and the required documents, to pay the visa fee, and to provide your biometrics. An appointment is not required.
Step 6: Once your application has been successfully submitted, wait for notification from the embassy with your application reference number and details.
Step 7: Collect your passport and documents from the Visa Application Centre once you have been notified that your application has been processed and has been returned from the Embassy.
Documents Required to Apply for a Student Visa
-A completely filled and signed visa application form by the applicant. ( It is advised to take more than one visa application form from Embassy)
-A valid national passport (The passport must be valid at least till 12 months and more preferably till the duration of your entire study program, the passport must not be older than 10 years)
-Proof of financial backup (The applicant must show financial proof in form of a bank statement or credit card statement proving that you have enough financial resources to bear your fee study and living expenses and return ticket)
-A medical statement ( A certified medical statement from an accredited institute proving that you don’t have any disease which can endanger public health)
-A clearance letter from the police station (a clearance letter from local police station proving that you have no criminal record or legal offense registered in your name)
-An acceptance letter from Belgian University ( the acceptance letter must be from an accredited institute of Belgium stating that your purpose of traveling to Belgium is solely education)
-Certified academic transcripts (list of all attained academic certificates which must be originals)
-A statement from the employer (for postgraduate programs, the statement must elaborate why a certain degree is necessary for you to attain for professional cause)
One set of copies of all your academic transcripts of attained diplomas
-A document giving a brief description of the study program you have taken admission to Belgian University
-The documents must be translated into German, Dutch, French or English language by a sworn translator
-Letter of Intent (a letter written by applicant why has he chosen a certain program of study at a Belgian university and explain his/her professional goals)
-Language Proficiency Test Certificate (in the language of instruction of your chosen study program in Belgium)
-Proof of paid tuition fee
-Proof of arranged accommodation (in form of the rental contract or paid rent receipts)