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Belgium is a beautiful small country famous for its magnificent medieval towns, well-preserved Renaissance architecture, and delicious cuisine.
It may be small in size, but when it comes to choice, Belgium ranks alongside some of the largest countries in the world.
The application process may initially seem daunting to those who have never applied for a visa, but you should have no problem getting started.
If you want to visit Belgium, you may need to apply for a Belgian visa.
To study, work or live permanently in Belgium, anyone not from an EU/EEA country must apply for a Belgian national visa.
To apply for a Belgian visa, you must collect a set of documents required by the Belgian embassy. The documents required to apply for a Belgian visa are:
Depending on your need, you can apply for two types of visas:
People who want to stay in Belgium for more than 90 days have to apply for a long-stay visa (visa D), depending on the purpose of travel:
After arriving in Belgium with a long-term visa (D), you must apply for a residence permit to live there permanently. The residence permit then replaces the D visa.
You need both a visa and a permit to study, work, or live in Belgium longer than three months. The Belgian Embassy issues a D visa before you travel, whereas the Immigration Authorities in Belgium issue residence permits after you enter the country.
Typically, the processing time for the Belgium Schengen visa is up to 15 days. It can take longer in cases when:
It is recommended to apply for the Belgium short-stay visa as soon as possible, at least within three months of your planning trip.
These are the tourist visa fees for Belgium:
The duration of a Belgian visa can be up to 90 days in any 180-day period. The days you spend in other Schengen countries count towards this period.
Your Belgium visa can be issued to:
If you have received a long-stay visa, upon arrival in Belgium you must convert that visa into a residence permit for a stay of more than 90 days.
Please do not violate Schengen visa regulations 90/180 even for one day; otherwise, you may face consequences such as visa refusal in the future.
* Calculate your remaining days in Belgium with this Schengen calculator.
Remember: Although Belgian visas can be issued for a maximum period of 90 days, the embassy/consulate can issue visas for shorter periods.
Yes, you can extend your Belgian Schengen visa, but only in exceptional and unexpected cases, such as:
These are your options if your Belgium visa is rejected:
The national visa application process is separate from the Schengen visa application process.
Common reasons why your visa application is rejected can be due to incomplete information about the purpose of your trip, fake documents, damaged passport, past criminal behavior or current, missing travel itinerary, invalid letter of recommendation, invalid travel insurance, etc.
US citizens with valid US passports do not need a transit visa, tourist, or business visa. US citizens can stay for up to 90 days in the Schengen area within a sixth-month period.
You have to obtain a Belgian residence permit for longer stays (such as for studies or work).