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Visa Types

Short Stay / Schengen / C Type Visa

Your applications should be lodged at least 15 calendar days prior to the intended departure date (applications can be introduced up to six months before the start of the intended visit).

Applications accepted at the Belgium Visa Application Centre London will be submitted on the next working day to the Embassy of Belgium for a decision.

Please note that the Belgian Embassy aims to process applications within 10 working days of receipt of the application. Provided that a complete file is submitted, a decision can usually be expected sooner.

But, it may take longer in certain cases: up to 85 calendar days when additional documents are requested or if your application has been submitted to the Immigration authorities in Belgium.

Specific information – please read carefully:

  • For the following nationalities, an authorisation must be obtained from the Immigration authorities in Belgium: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kirghizstan, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Palestine, Refugees (UK Black travel documents & UK Red travel document) and Vietnam
  • Applicants who are NOT UK-resident and who hold a C Type visa need to be aware that their application will take longer as their application has to be submitted to the Immigration authorities in Belgium (up to 85 calendar days).

Applications in view of marriage (to be concluded in Belgium) or cohabitation have to be submitted as C-visa applications, but the processing time is that of a long stay visa (please see below).

Passports are kept at the Embassy for the duration of the processing of the visa application. Should you have an urgent need for your passport, please contact the TLS centre via email to request a temporary withdrawal of your passport.


Long Stay / D Type Visa

The processing time for long stay visa applications varies per category and will also be dependent on the time of year (it will take longer in the busy periods over summer and at the end of the year).

The below processing times may increase due to the time required to transmit your application to the immigration authorities in Belgium via diplomatic post.

Visa for Family reunion:

  • For family reunion with a national of a third country who has the authorisation to reside temporarily or for an indefinite period in Belgium, a decision can be expected within 9 months from the date of application. This can be extended up to 2 times for an additional 3 months each, resulting in a maximum processing time of 12 months.
  • For family reunion with an EU national (Art 40bis) or a Belgian national (Art 40ter), a decision will be taken within a period of 9 months.

Visa for Studying:

A decision can be expected within 3 to 6 weeks.

Visa for settlement in Belgium:

Processing time will vary depending on the reason of your settlement, the documents you provide, the complexity of the application and the additional verifications which may be required. Some examples:

  • A rentier (person of independent means): approximately 7 months;
  • Humanitarian reasons: approximately 7 months;
  • A child under custody: approximately 3 months.

Visa in view of marriage or legal cohabitation:

A decision will generally be taken within 6 weeks of receipt of the application by the Embassy. Should it be deemed necessary that further verifications are required, the processing time will likely increase.

Visa for work in Belgium (possibly in combination with family reunion for rest of family):

Those who have obtained their work permit, can expect their visa to be delivered quickly. The same applies to family members who are applying at the same time (or within 6 months of the granting of the work permit) under family reunion category.