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- Where, when and how can you submit a visa application?
- How much is the handling fee (cost for processing your visa application)?
- Required documents
- Checking the status of your visa application
- Medical certificate - Certified doctors
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New procedure single permit
Since 01/01/2019 the double procedure of an application for a work permit and for a residence permit has been replaced by a single procedure for a unique permit. The visa has to be applied for through the VFS visa application center in New Delhi.
Where, when and how can you submit a visa application?
Belgium does not have a visa department in the Maldives. For short stay visa (up to 90 days) C type - Schengen, Belgium is represented by the Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo. All information regarding address, opening hours, and other practical modalities are available on the visa page of their website. Visa applicants from the Maldives can also apply at any VFS Visa Application Centre in India.
The representation regarding visa matters in the Maldives by Switzerland applies only to C visa needed for the followings reasons:
- Tourist visits
- Visits to family or friends
- Cultural or sports manifestations
- Business trips
- Short traineeships
- Transit through the Schengen area
Please note that the following visas are not covered by the representation agreement and must therefore be lodged at the VFS visa application center in New Delhi.
- issuance of visas with limited territorial validity
- visa applications for short stays linked to a gainful activity (when a work permit or professional card is needed)
- visa applications for cohabitation or with a view to marriage
- visa applications for medical reasons
- visa applications in connection with an adoption project
- visa applications in connection with a project of guardianship or delivery of a child
- return visa applications (when applicant’s Belgian residence card is lost or expired)
- visa applications for diplomats and administrative and technical staff assigned to a diplomatic or consular representation or international organization for a stay > 90 days
This is also the case for all other long stay visa applications (residence visa) for Belgium. Please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org if you require more information.
How much is the handling fee (cost for processing your visa application)?
For a long term stay visa (D) the handling fee is 180 euro.
An additional contribution is required for the processing of certain visa D applications.
New amounts of administrative fee will come into force from 26 May 2022.
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The applicant must present proof of full payment of the fee at the time of application. If this evidence is not presented, the application is not admissible and it is not processed.
The fee will not be refunded if the application for a D visa or residence is refused
Please contact either the Embassy of Switzerland or the Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Colombo for modalities of payment.
You can download the visa application form and you will find all conditions on the FPS Home Affairs Immigration Office website, the only competent authority for the admittance, stay, residence and removal of foreigners.
According to the type of long stay visa (D visa) you require, you might have to present a medical certificate you can obtain via one of the doctors certified by the Embassy of Belgium. See below point 5 for details.
Official documents issued by public authorities (marriage, birth, and death certificates, or diplomas, police clearance certificates and affidavits) have to be legalized before the submission in a visa file. Click here for all details on legalizations.
If those documents are not directly written in English, they have to be translated by a sworn translator in one of the Belgian national language. Click here for all details on translations.
Checking the status of your visa application
Belgian embassies and consulates general must submit certain visa applications to the Immigration Office of the Federal Public Service Home Affairs for a final decision. It is the only competent authority with regards to the admittance, stay, residence and removal of foreigners from Belgian territory.
In such a case, your file number will be communicated to you by the embassy or consulate general upon the submission of your file to the Immigration Office. From this stage onwards, the Immigration Office is the only authority to contact, if you wish to know the status of your application.
With the file number you can inquire about the status of your application (Boulevard Pacheco 44, 1000 Brussels, T: +32.2.793.80.00, email@example.com). Using this number, you can also check the status of your visa application on the Immigration Office website.
Once a decision has been taken, the Embassy or Honorary Consulate of Belgium will inform you personally.