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Study visa

Overview

This visa allows you to stay and study in Belgium. To avoid any disappointment, applicants are advised to submit their complete files at least 4 weeks before the intended date of departure.

From the 2 March 2015, Home Office in Brussels will ask applicants to pay an extra fee when applying for a visa D.

The additional fee will not be reimbursed if the visa has been refused and this fee is valid for the file only. Hence applicants, who have been refused, will have to pay the fee Again.

Following applicants do not pay the additional fee:

Applicants under 18 years old

Family members of a citizen of the European Union requesting family reunification (article 40bis or 47/1)

If the person being joined is a recognized refugee in Belgium

For more detailed information on additional fee exemptions please check www.dofi.fgov.be

These fees have to be paid directly on the bank account of Home Office and payment can be done by the Belgian spouse/parent/employer.

The fees have to be paid, in euro, on the bank account of the Home Office in Brussels

IBAN BE57 6792 0060 9235

BIC PCHQBEBB

Bank : BPOST SA, Centrum Monnaie, 1000 Bruxelles

Beneficiary : SPF Intérieur, Office des étrangers, Chaussée d’Anvers 59B, 1000 Bruxelles

The person paying has to indicate a reference for the payment:

  • name and first name of applicant,
  • nationality of applicant,
  • the date of birth of applicant, and
  • travel purpose (for.ex. ART 10, ART 40, ART 9 etc)

The reference of the payment needs to have this structure:

Name_First Name_Nationality_DD.MM.YYYY_Article(mention article of the Law of 15.12.1980)

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 photo.

Fees

Visa Fees Euros Naira's
Long stay visas ( more than 90 days)
Work permit visa , professional card visa , study visa, family reunification to join parents , family reunification to join spouse , working holiday maker, Au pair visa, person of independent means. re- entry visa,
180  79200
Fees to the Nationals of "visa facilitation treat countries"
Following country national's need to pay the mentioned fee. Albania, Bosnia, Former Yugoslav Republic Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine, Russia and Serbia.
 40  17600
Children 6-12 (until the age of 12 years minus one day (1) 180 79200
Children below 6 years joining Non-Belgian or Non-EU citizen 180 79200

Applicant's exempted from visa fee:

  • Child less than 6 years of age applying for short term visa.
  • The spouse, children who have not yet reached their 21st birthday and dependent parents of a Belgian or other EU citizen are not required to pay the visa fee.

Please Note :

  • The applicable visa fee in Naira is as per current exchange rate. It is subject to change without notice.
  • Visa fee and service fee needs to be paid by POS in the application centre only.
  • The visa fee is non refundable and non transferable.
  • The visa application fee submitted and cancelled on same application day would be refundable but non transferable.

Service charge:

Type Service fee ( NRN)
Submission of application 13200

*Please note that the service charge is inclusive of VAT

Please note:

  • Visa fee and service fee needs to be paid at the bank teller counter in the application centre, Lagos and Abuja
  • Kindly carry the applicant's 1st page Passport photocopy while paying the service fee and the visa fee at the Implant bank Counter.
  • The above fees are non-refundable and non transferable.
  • The receipt is valid for 30 days from the date of payment and it is non - transferable and non - refundable.

Documents Required

DOCUMENT CHECKLIST:-

  Click here to download the documents required list for Study Visa in English
  Click here to download the approved Medical Practitioners List
  Click here to download the documents required list for Study Visa in FRENCH

Photo Specifications

Applicants are requested to submit their Application form with the new photo format, as explained below.

Sample Photograph:

photo specification

General

  • The photograph for each visa applicant must be an unmounted, full face photo, as displayed above
  • The photograph must have been taken within the last six months.
  • The photograph must be submitted glued to the application form

Photo Size

The photo for each visa applicant submitted must measure:

  • 3.5 cms x 4.5 cms with the head centered in the frame.
  • The head (measured from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin) should measure about 3 cms

Photo Appearance

  • The photograph must be a full-face front view in which the visa applicant is facing the camera directly.
  • Face should cover about 60-70 percent of the photo area.
  • The photograph MUST be in color and have only a white background. Photos with dark, busy, or patterned backgrounds will not be accepted.
  • General, the applicant's head, including both face and hair, should be shown from the crown of the head to the tip of the chin on top and bottom and from hairline side-to-side. It is preferable that ears be exposed
  • Photograph depicting a person wearing a traditional facemask or veil that does not permit adequate identification is not acceptable

Note: Please follow these instructions carefully. If photographs presented do not meet these requirements your application will be considered incomplete. Kindly download the Photo Specification file for more information.

Processing Time

Processing time

Don’t wait until the last moment to submit your visa application 
The decision making time might be longer during some periods  (summer months, holiday season). Therefore, make sure to submit your visa early enough.

Submit a complete file 
Read attentively the information about the necessary documents to be provided before submitting your file. If the Consulate needs to ask for additional documents before being able to take a decision or before sending your file to the Immigration Office, you might not receive your visa on time.

All visa applications are being treated as fast as possible and according to the date of submission, the date of travel and the quality of the visa file. Applicants are therefore strongly recommended to apply timely and with a complete visa file