VISA LONG STAY (stay for more than 90 days), Visa D
Given the Covid 19-crisis, deliverance of visa to Belgium is limited. For specific questions, please contact the Embassy: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Embassy of Belgium in Singapore handles long stay visa applications to Belgium. For long stay applications to Luxemburg, an original letter from the authorities in Luxemburg is necessary; for more information you can click here.
All nationals who wish to stay for more than 90 days in Belgium, need to apply for a visa D, unless if you are either a citizen of the European Union or a citizen of one of the following countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and Switzerland.
Applications have to be done in person, we encourage you to come as soon as possible to lodge your application. Depending on your personal situation timings may vary. We suggest you to do the submission at least 1 month before your intended departure date.
For some visa applications the Embassy is required to transfer the file to the Immigration Office in Belgium. Decisions can take longer and timings are unpredictable. To check timings, you can visit their website, the info is only available in Dutch or French. Please click here for more information.
A Visa D allows you to travel to Belgium. Once you have arrived you will need to register with the commune where you are living to obtain a residence permit.
The Visa D also allows you to travel to other Schengen countries for a maximum of 3 months in a 6 month period of time.
First you need to complete your visa application form online here. You will need to create a user account by completing all fields (first name, last name, email). After submission of your application form, you are redirected to the EAppointment site by clicking on the ‘Make Appointment’ button you can find on the bottom of the application page.
Then you will need to come to the Embassy with the relevant checklist and all documents in the order of the checklist at your scheduled appointment time. Please come to the Embassy 15 minutes early as you will need to register for a visitor pass with the reception downstairs in the AXA tower.
You will need to make a personal appearance to submit the visa application. Minors who wish to accompany their parents for a long stay will also need to appear personally, regardless of their age.
Lodging your visa application will take approximately 20 minutes. If at the time of your application your file is incomplete, you will need to book a new appointment.
From 1st of December 2018 your fingerprints and facial image (as from 6 years of age) will be captured and stored in a national database for 10 years.
Residents of Brunei Darussalam are requested to contact our Embassy via email prior to the visa appointment.
Before submitting your application you will need to have paid the contribution fee or show that you qualify for exemption. Without this document, the visa application cannot be accepted. Please click here for more information.
- work permit (employee)
- combined work permit (employee)
- professional card (self-employed)
- researcher with hosting agreement
- student (for higher education and going for exchange, degree or (post)doctoral study)
- family reunion with a non-EU citizen (to accompany)
- family reunion with a non-EU citizen (to join)
- family reunion with an EU citizen (to accompany or to join)
- family reunion with a Belgian
- Luxembourg (when you hold an original letter from MFA in Luxembourg)
If documents are issued by a foreign authority, it is likely that a legalisation is needed.
- For documents issued in Singapore, for example: a COC, Extract of birth/marriage certificate,… an authentication stamp and signature from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore (located in Tanglin, see useful addresses) is necessary. Afterwards this authentication will be legalized by the Embassy of Belgium in Singapore as well. Also check our website by clicking here.
- For documents issued in Belgium or the EU, an extra legalisation is usually not necessary.
- For documents issued outside the EU, a legalisation is required. This can either be an Apostille or a procedure similar to what is described for Singapore.
To verify you can contact the relevant embassy 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 Embassy. The list can be consulted here.
1. 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. This needs to be done within 8 days of your arrival in Belgium; to apply for a residence permit.
2. Willingness to integrate in Belgian society - New general condition of stay from 25.01.2017
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 henceforth 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. (www.dofi.fgov.be > Snelle links > Integratiebereidheid in de Belgische samenleving).