With its booming economy, Belgium has one of the most advanced economies in Europe. The country is also quite welcoming to foreign investment. The entrepreneurial culture makes it a smart idea to start a business in Belgium. However, you will need the Belgium business visa to enter Belgium for business purposes.
To enter Belgium for the sole purpose of business, one requires a type of short term visa ( visa C) called the Belgium business visa. The business visa allows an individual to travel to the country to take part in business-related activities such as attending business meetings, partner or client meetings, to inquire about new opportunities for business in Belgium, take part in business fairs, and so on. The business visa, like all short term Schengen visas, it is valid for a duration of 90 days in a 180 day period. However, if you require to travel to multiple Schengen countries, you can ask for a multiple entry Belgium business visa.
To apply for a visa to perform activities relating to business in Belgium, you first need to determine the exact point and purpose of your visit as you will need this to select the appropriate documents, and also would be asked about in the visa interview. You then need to decide how you will be submitting the documents. You can choose to submit it directly to a Belgian embassy/consulate, or to a Belgian outsourced visa application center (VAC). After this, you can follow the following steps -
Please note that if there are complications regarding your application, such as incorrect details, wrong or invalid documents, and any other issues, you may be asked to attend a visa interview at the Embassy/Consulate.
It is vital to ensure that your application is accurate and without any flaws. Incorrect applications may cause in a delay of your visa processing, or in extreme cases, lead to the visa being rejected. A visa denial might cause major complications in any future visa applications.
Any individual who does not belong to a country that has a visa facilitation agreement with the EU needs a Belgium business visa to enter the country for professional activities. Further,
On submission of your visa application, you will receive your visa via courier to your doorstep or you will have to pick it up from the embassy/VAC depending on your preferred choice. The visa comes in the form of a sticker in your passport. There are a few key points you need to keep in mind once you receive your business visa -
As per the Belgium business visa requirements, there are a set of documents you will need to submit along with the standard Schengen visa documents, at the time of your application. These are listed below -
Medical travel insurance covering expenses up to 30000 Euros
Personal bank statements for the last 3 months or copy of updated passbook showing sufficient funds, or salary slips (if employed), or income tax returns for the last 3 years or Form 16 A (if self-employed).
For a standard application, the visa will be processed in about 10-15 working days. However, depending on several other factors, they can even take up to 30 days to arrive. In order to avoid any risks, it is advisable to apply for the visa at least 3 weeks in advance, and not more than 3 months prior to the date of travel. Since people who travel to do business in Belgium usually have multiple trips to the country, the subsequent applications after your first application will be processed faster.
The application fees for the business visa is the same as the other short term Schengen visa. The handling fees are 60 Euros. Apart from this, depending on the service charges of the visa application center, you will have to pay the fees at the VAC/embassy/consulate. The total fees vary depending on the urgency of the visa, length of stay, number of entries, etc.
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After your visa submission, you can track the status of your application in multiple ways. If you had submitted the application at the embassy or consulate, you will have to email them at the relevant address with your passport number and name. However, if you have submitted it at a VAC, you can check it by entering the last name and tracking ID/passport number at the portal. Alternately, if you have applied through a visa agency, you can ring them and tell them your passport number to track the visa.
Under normal circumstances, you are not permitted to your visa extension application will most likely be denied. Although, in certain cases where you have a strong reason such as a late entry, humanitarian reasons, unforeseeable circumstances in the home country, and important personal and medical reasons, your application may be granted. You can apply for the extension at the visa issuing authority in Belgium. You will also have to remain in the country while your extension request is in process.
You cannot stay back after your visa expires. Staying back in any Schengen country after the permit becomes invalid is considered an offense, and can get you deported. This will also reflect in your passport thereby making it almost impossible for you to get a Schengen visa in the future.
Since the business visa is a short term permit, you are not required to undergo any medical check-up. However, it is suggested that you get a thorough check-up before travelling to protect yourself, as well as the people in Belgium. You are, however, mandated to get medical travel insurance.
No, it is not possible to change your Schengen business visa into another type. Your purpose of the visit is short term, and you are expected to leave the country as soon as this is over. However, you may apply for another Belgium visa once you get back to your home country.