What has changed
Starting on March 2, 2015 all Visa D / Residence Permit applicants are subject to pay an administrative / government fee before applying for the Visa D / Residence Permit at a consulate abroad, and at the local town hall registration in Belgium. The timing and location of this payment is determined by the individual Visa D / Residence Permit process unique to each individual applicant.
Previously, these fees varied from consulate to consulate and were paid when the application was submitted. This change now requires the visa applicant to pay the fee prior to submission of the Visa D / Residence Permit application at the consulate and prior to the town hall registration visit. In both cases, the applicant must submit proof that the payment has been made.
Who is affected?
What to expect
- Visa D / Residence Permit Applicants
Visa D / Residence Permit applicants will be required to pay the following fees prior to submitting their application materials at a consulate abroad.
- Worker (Work Permit B) – €215,00
- Dependents – €160,00
Fees for local registration will vary depending on town hall.
Exceptions – Some exceptions to this change are as follows: EU/ EER citizens, Swiss citizens, children under the age of 18 years and any family member applying for family reunification with an EU citizen.
What you need to do
- For both processes ( consular and in Belgium at the town hall) Emigra Worldwide will inform all applicants about the payment process, and provide payment instructions.
- In the event that the fee can be paid on the applicants behalf at the local town hall in Belgium, Emigra Worldwide will facilitate payment through our local Representative, and provide proof of payment to the applicants prior to their appointment.
- Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients.
The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.