Visa Type D - Professional / Student
GENERAL INFORMATION AND PROCEDURE
The Consulate General of Belgium in Hong Kong handles long stay visa applications to Belgium. For long stay applications to Luxemburg, an original letter called "Autorisation de Séjour" from the authorities in Luxemburg is necessary; for more information you can click here. After you obtain the "Autorisation de Séjour", please contact the Consulate to apply for a visa D.
The visa D is a multiple-entry national visa. It requires registration at the municipality (gemeente/commune) of the place where you will be residing in Belgium.
Although the visa D is only valid for Belgium, it can also be used for transit (max. 5 days) through one or more Schengen countries. In some specific cases, a visa D + C can be issued. This visa entitles you to travel within the Schengen area during the first 3 months after entry into Belgium, while you wait to receive your official residence permit.
Family members accompanying the person who is going to work in Belgium, have to apply for the appropriate visa for “Family Reunion”.
Who should apply
All nationals who wish to stay for more than 90 days in Belgium per six month period, need to apply for a visa D. The exceptions are citizens of the European Union or citizens of one of the following countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and Switzerland.
When to apply
Applications have to be done in person. We encourage you to come as soon as possible to lodge your application – at least 3 months before your intended departure date. Depending on your personal situation, timings may vary.
For some visa applications, the Consulate is required to transfer the file to the Immigration Office in Belgium. Decisions can take longer and timings are unpredictable.
How to apply
Long stay visa applicants may submit their application on any working day from 9am to 10am. Professional card applicants are required to make an appointment with the Consulate as they will have an interview with the Trade Commissioner.
All applicants need to come in person to the Consulate General with the relevant checklist and all documents in the order of the checklist. Everyone needs to appear in person. Minors who wish to accompany their parents for a long stay will also need to appear in person, regardless of their age.
Your fingerprints (from age 12) and facial image (from age 6) will be captured and stored in a national database for 10 years.
Requirements for ALL visa D applications
In this section you can find the requirements for all applications for a Visa D – Long Stay. Scroll down to find the additional requirements that apply for the type of visa that you're applying for.
Visa D - Long Stay application form
Click here to download the long stay visa application form in English. (The form is also available in Dutch or French upon request)
Documents and legalisation
If documents are issued by a foreign authority, a legalisation or apostille may be required before they can be accepted for your visa application.
- For documents issued by authorities in Hong Kong or Macau, (such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, CNCC…) an apostille is needed. Click here for information about legalisations and apostille.
- For documents issued in Belgium or the EU, an extra legalisation is not necessary.
- For documents issued outside the EU, a legalization or an apostille is required. The type of legalization depends on which authorities issued the document.
To verify, you can contact the relevant consular post of Belgium in the country where the document was issued or you can check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belgium by clicking here.
Documents need to be issued less than 6 months ago and documents that are not in French, Dutch, German or English need to be translated by a translation company recognised by the Consulate General. The list can be consulted here.
All applications for a Visa D require a medical certificate. This certificate has to be obtained from one of the doctors recognized by the Consulate General, and has to be dated less than six months before the date when you apply for your visa.
CNCC (Certificate of No Criminal Conviction) / Certificate of Criminal Record
All applications for a Visa D require a Certificate of No Criminal Conviction (Hong Kong) or a Certificate of Criminal Record (Macau), covering the previous 6 months. The certificate needs to be authenticated with Apostille before it can be used in a visa application.
You can find more information about the CNCC / Certificate fo Criminal Record here.
For information about the Apostille, click here.
Payment of contribution fee
A contribution is required for the processing of long stay (type D) visa applications. This contribution can be paid by either the applicant or a third person (family members, acquaintance, sponsor, guarantor, etc.) into the account of the Immigration Office in Belgium. This contribution is separate from the handling fee of the long stay visa, which you have to pay at the Consulate General at the time of your application.
You need to present proof of payment of this contribution when you apply for your visa at the Consulate General. Visa applications without this proof of payment cannot be accepted.
All information regarding the amount, the payment methods and possible exemptions is available on the website of the Immigration Office .
Please note that:
- Any bank charges or charges related to the transfer have to be paid by the applicant (or whomever performs the transfer.)
- Proof of payment of the full administrative fee must be provided when the visa or residence application is submitted. Without this, the application cannot be taken into consideration.
- If the visa application is rejected, the administrative fee will not be reimbursed.
Please refer to the list of consular fees for the visa fee. ALL PAYMENTS ARE NOW SETTLED IN CREDIT CARD.
Working as an employee (applicants of "single permit approval")
In order to work in Belgium you need a work permit before you can apply for a visa. Your Belgium-based employer needs to apply for the permit with the regional government (Wallonia, Brussels or Flanders – see links below for more information). Once the application has been approved you will receive a single document certifying that you are authorized to stay in Belgium for more than 90 days, and that you are allowed to work there: the Single Permit Approval. If you are exempted from obtaining this permit, you have to provide the relevant certificate to back up your claim.
- Wallonia: http://emploi.wallonie.be
- Brussels: https://economie-emploi.brussels/
- Flanders: http://www.werk.be
After you receive your Single Permit Approval, you are required to apply for your Visa D (Long stay visa).
The minimum processing time for the visa is one week.
Self employed (applicants of "professional card")
Foreign nationals, with the exception of citizens of EEA countries, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Romania or Bulgaria, who wish to settle in Belgium as a self-employed person must be the holder of a professional card (carte professionnelle/beroepskaart) before they can apply for the Visa D. This professional card serves as the authorization to set up your own business in Belgium as an independent professional.
You can apply for a Professional Card through the Consulate General of Belgium in Hong Kong if you are a legal resident in Hong Kong or Macau. Your application will be sent to the authorities in Belgium.
Once your professional card is approved, you will be informed by the Consulate to apply for your long stay visa.
Study in Belgium
For a study-related stay in Belgium, you must apply for a temporary residence permit for study (Autorisation de Séjour Provisoire pour études/Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf voor studies). We recommend that you start working on your student visa application at least 3 months prior to your intended travel date, as gathering the required documents will take some time.
Applications for student visa are accepted only between 9am and 10am. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire, which takes about one hour to complete and has to be filled out here at the consulate.
If you are under age 18 years of age, a written consent for travelling signed by your parents / legal guardians is needed. This document has to be legalised by High Court Apostille Service.
For the requirements of financial proof of your sponsor, please refer to the same list.
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Register your arrival
When you are issued a visa D, you will have to register with the administration of the commune/municipality where you will be residing in Belgium. You are required to do this within 8 days of your arrival in Belgium, to apply for a residence permit.
Willingness to integrate in Belgian society
The efforts towards integration in Belgian society by a foreigner who is admitted to or permitted to a stay of more than 3 months in Belgium will be verified by the Immigration Office (FPS Interior)
We strongly recommend that you consult the website of the Immigration Office for a detailed explanation regarding this new general condition of stay.