Long Term Visa
If you are planning to visit Belgium for more than 90 days, you need to apply for a long stay visa. Please note that the following essentials must be met by all applicants submitting their applications for visa.
- Passport should have at least two blank pages.
- Passport should be valid for 12 months
- Applications are only accepted within 3 months of the requested date of arrival
Passport Collection Process:
The collection of passports at the Visa Application Center can be done by :
The Applicant himself
Third party collection of the documents or passports will not be permitted, except in the following cases:
- Immediate Family Member (that is Parents, Children, Spouse)
- One member of a group collecting for the entire group
- A person collecting on behalf of Government officials if authorized on the Government letter head or department
If any of the above comes for passport collection they need to carry the following documents:
- Original Government ID card
- Original ICR
- Original authorization letter from applicant
It is also mandatory to mention applicant’s personal address.
Applicant's passport will not be couriered to their travel agencies 'addresses as directed by the Embassy/Consulate.
- For Seaman applicants, the passports can be collected by the applicant personally from VFS Global or the passport will be couriered to the seaman’s residential address only.
- In case of a business applicant, if the applicant wishes to receive the passport to his/her office, then the same needs to be mentioned in the covering letter and the applicant’s office address needs to be mentioned in the courier request form.
- For Legalisations courier is not mandatory.
- For application withrdrawal cases, the passport needs to be collected from VFS Global only.
Personal appearance : after filling in the application form on Visa On web, the applicant’s personal appearance at the VFS Visa Application Center is required in order to register the biometric fingerprints data along with a live photograph. The following applicants are however exempted of the personal appearance :
- Applicants for a national long term visa D
- Applicants for a Schengen short term visa C below 12 years of age
- Applicants for a Schengen short term visa C who have already registered with any Schengen member state their biometric fingerprints data along with a live photograph not longer than 59 months ago. In case of doubt it is advised to opt anew for the personal appearance.
The applicable visa fee in INR is as per the current exchange rate. The same is subject to change without notice.
The Visa fee is non-refundable.
|Duration||Visa Fees in INR||Visa Fees in Euros|
|Long Term Visa||13860||180|
Exemption of Visa Fee
Long Term visa:
- Family members of an EU citizen
A “EU citizen” is a citizen of one of the European Union countries , of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.
The following persons are defined as family members:
- the spouse;
- the partner with whom the EU citizen has contracted a registered partnership
- the direct descendants who are under the age of 21 or are dependant as well as those of the spouse or partner as defined above; or
- the dependant direct relatives in the ascending line and those of the spouse or partner as defined above.
Contribution Payment for long term application
New visa regulations starting on 02 March 2015 will oblige visa applicants to pay a handling fee directly in Belgium before applying for a visa. It is an administrative fee that comes above the normal visa fee and it is valid only for the D-visa (long stay).
The amounts to be paid according the type of visa application. For Detail Click Here
This Belgian handling fee should be paid directly on the Home Affairs’ Belgian bank account BE57 6792 0060 9235, either from Belgium or from where the applicant is registered.
Application won’t be Submitted at Belgium Visa Application Center if the Fees is not paid.
|IBAN||BE57 6792 0060 9235|
|Bank name||BPOST SA|
|Bank address||Centrum Monnaie - 1000 Bruxelles|
|Beneficiary||SPF Intérieur, Office des étrangers
Chaussée d’Anvers 59B,
The exact due amount according to the purpose of long stay in Belgium (see table) has to be paid in EURO and in the bank account below only, all bank/intermediate bank charges to be borne by the person making the transfer (applicant, family member, employer, warrant…).
Belgian Bank Details
The following information has to be visible in the communication of the transfer :
Last name and First name of the applicant,
purpose of stay (article of the law of 15 December 1980)
Ex.: Mrs. Suman Kaur born on 03 June 1978 in Delhi applies for a family reunion visa with her Indian husband in Belgium (article 10). Whoever makes the payment (herself from India or her husband in Belgium) will ask the bank to register the following communication in the bank transfer:
KAUR_Suman_INDIA_03 June 1978_Art.10_Law15 December 1980
Note : In case the communication in transfer is limited to a certain number of characters, this first part has at least to appear:
KAUR_Suman_INDIA_03 June 1978
1309 INR per application for Delhi, Mumbai & Chennai Centers
1540 INR per application for Chandigarh, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Pune & Hyderabad Centers
There is an optional facility where the VAC can courier your passport back to you for a small extra fee of 300 INR per passport per individual.
Which documents must you present?
You will find all conditions on the Federal Public Service Home Affairs Immigration Office website, the only Belgian competent authority for the admittance, stay, residence and removal of foreigners.
Two Extra Photocopy of the entire set is required for long stay applications.
Medical certificate – Certified doctors
According to the type of long term stay visa you require, you might have to present a medical certificate you can obtain via one of the following doctors certified by the Embassy / Consulate General of Belgium:
Dr. Usha Kohli and Dr. Rajiv Kohli
Dr. Ved Prakash Kohli Medical Centre
2, Golf Links
Tel: (+91) (011) 220.127.116.11, 24.64.84.09
Dr. Rajiv BHALLA
Dr. Charu Kohli’s Clinic
C- 234, Defence Colony
Tel: (+91) (011) 41.55.07.92, 18.104.22.168, (0) 931.001.7584, (0) 981.001.7584
Dr. Subhankar Chakrabarti, MBBS (Cal)
New Sab's Clini, AE-34/1
Subhash Abasan, Beside UBI
Kestopur; Kolkata - 700101
Tel: (+91) 25910801; Mobile: (+91) 9831068040
Opening hours: 10:30 to 11:30 [I.S.T.] and 18:00. to 19:30 [I.S.T.] daily. Sunday closed.
Dr. M. M. Meraney and Dr. R. Barman
BreachCandy Hospitaland Research Centre
60 Bhulabhai Desai Road
Mumbai 400 026
Dr. M. M. Meraney - Tel: (+91) (022) 22.214.171.124 / 126.96.36.199
Dr. R. Barman - Tel: (+91) (022) 23.66.78.00 / 188.8.131.52
Dr. Prem Paes / Dr. Girija Singh / Dr. Chandramouli / Dr. Cecil Ross / Dr. George D’Souza /
Dr. S.D. Tarey / Dr. Rekha Pradeep / Dr. G.D. Ravindran / Dr. Sanjiv Lewin.
For applicants aged 12 years or less: Dr. Sylvan John Rego / Dr. Chitra Dinakar
The above-listed panel of doctors can be contacted at:
St. John’sMedical College Hospital
St. John’sNational Academy of Health Sciences
Tel: (+91) (080) 22.06.51.69 / 22.06.50.00
Fax (+91) (080) 25.53.00.70
Dr. B. Krishna Rau / Dr. Sharon Krishna
52, 2nd Main Road, R A Puram,
Chennai 600 028
Tel: (+91) (044) 184.108.40.206 Extn: 151, between 09:00–13:00
Dr. Pramati Reddy / Dr. Indira Reddy Ramasahayam
Apollo Health City
Tel: (+91) (040) 23607777
Fax: (+91) (040) 23607530
Dr. P.K. Grant, Dr. Nirmala Castellino, Dr. Neelima Limaye
Ruby Hall Clinic
40, Sassoon Road,
Pune 411 001
Tel: (+91) (020) 220.127.116.11 / 66.45.51.00
Fax: (+91) (020) 18.104.22.168
Legalisation is the procedure by which an official document, issued by a foreign authority, is rendered legally valid in Belgium.
Most common documents are certificates of civil status (birth/marriage/death certificates), diplomas, police clearance certificate and affidavits.
These documents only require a single legalisation (Apostille) issued by the authorised offices of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.
Additional legalisation by the Embassy / Consulate General of Belgium is no longer required for those documents.
Contact details of the Ministry of External Affairs:
Joint Secretary (Consular), MEA
CPV Division, Patiala House Annexe
Phone: +91 11 2338 8015
Fax: +91 11 2338 8385
The photographs must be:
- No more than 6-months old
- 35-40mm in width
- Close up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up 70 -80% of the photograph
- In sharp focus and clear
- Of high quality with no ink marks or creases
The photographs must:
- Show you looking directly at the camera
- Show your skin tones naturally
- Have appropriate brightness and contrast
- Be printed on high quality paper, and at high resolution Photographs taken with a digital camera must be high quality colour and printed on photo-quality paper.
Style and lighting
The photographs must be:
- Be colour neutral
- Show your eyes open and clearly visible-no hair across your eyes
- Show you facing square on to the camera, not looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or tilted, and showing both edges of your face clearly
- Be taken with a plain light-coloured background
- Be taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows or flash reflections on your face and no red eye
Glasses and head covers
If you wear glasses:
- Be colour neutral
- The photograph must show your eyes clearly with no flash reflection off the glasses, and no tinted lenses (if possible, avoid heavy frames - wear lighter framed glasses if you have them)
- Make sure that the frames do not cover any part of your eyes.
Head coverings :
- Are not permitted except for religious reasons, but your facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown.
Expression and frame
Your photographs must:
- Show you alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible), looking at the camera with a neutral expression and your mouth closed.
As a general rule, a decision will be taken by the Embassy/Consulate within 15 days from the date appearing on the stamp affixed to your travel document and indicating that your application is admissible. However, this deadline may be extended up to 30 days and even, exceptionally, 60 days, if a more detailed examination of your application and/or additional documents are required. In that case, your application will be sent to the Aliens Office in Belgium, which will take the final decision.
When the file is presented to the Aliens Office in Belgium, the Embassy / Consulate General of Belgium shares the reference number of your file with you. This number enables you to contact the Immigration Office in order to check on the status of your file (Antwerpsesteenweg 59B, 1000 Brussels, T: +32.2.793.80.00, F: +32.2.274.66.91, email@example.com).
Furthermore, using this file number, you may check on the status of your visa application on the Immigration Office website. With your passport number and last name, you can also track your visa application on this web site (click here).
The Embassy / Consulate General of Belgium will inform you in each instance in writing, by telephone or orally about the decision that is finally taken concerning your visa application.