Belgium ranks highest among the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries when it comes to quality education. Any holder of a Belgium student visa is lucky to have access to such kind of quality education.
When a student is looking forward to acquiring education from Belgium, a student visa for Belgium in the name of this candidate is issued. There are several benefits to this permit. The holder can study as well as tour the country at the same time. If allowed, the holder can even work part-time on the visa. The validity of the visa will differ as per the type of the same. There are two types of visa which are differentiated as per the validity. They are as follows:
This is the kind of Belgium study visa that is issued to the candidates who are willing to acquire a short term course or education for less than 3 months. It can also be for acquiring some sort of training, internship or for attending summer school in Belgium.
The long term Belgium study visa is for pursuing an education that might certainly take longer than three months. It can be for studying a long term course or acquiring a degree. This is generally a multiple entry visa and the duration of the stay is not specified as well.
Before moving forward with the application of obtaining a student visa for Belgium, you first need to make sure that you are an eligible candidate for the same. The process of application is mainly offline and is given as follows:
There are a few things that you need to note at the time of filling out the application. The information that you are providing must be true and the details in the application form must match the details in the passport and other travel documents. If there is any kind of information that is incorrect or false, there are chances that your visa application may get rejected. There are other causes of a visa rejection as well. Such a rejection can affect your future applications for a visa to Belgium or to any other country.
There are certain parameters that are to be met by the candidate in order to be able to apply for the visa. Some of the basic eligibility criteria for the visa are given as follows:
There are different kinds of documents that are required and can vary as per the type of visa. The Belgium student visa requirements are listed as follows:
The validity of the visa will differ as per the type of visa, whether it is a C type or a D type. The differentiation is as follows:
The validity for the short term Belgium study visa is about 3 months. It is normally a single entry permit.
Type D is a long term visa and the validity of this permit will differ depending on the period of the course. It is generally a multiple entry permit and duration of the stay is not specified.
The student visa for Belgium will require about 10-15 working days for the processing to complete. However, depending on several other factors, it can even take up to 30 to 90 days to process. In order to avoid any risks, it is advisable to apply for the visa at least 3 weeks in advance, however, the application can be submitted 6 months prior to the date of departure.
The application fees to get a type C student visa for Belgium is the same as the other short term Schengen visa which is 80 euros. The handling fees for type D is about 180 euros. Apart from this, depending on the service charges of the visa application centre, you will have to pay the fees at the VAC/embassy/consulate by demand draft. The total fees vary depending on the urgency of the visa, length of stay, number of entries, etc.
|Multiple entry Normal||90 days||3 months||6600.0|
|Multiple entry Normal||90 days||3 months||6600.0|
When the documents along with the application form are submitted, there are certain things that take place. Some of the pointers are listed as follows:
After the submission of the visa application, you can then 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 visit their website or call them and tell them your passport number or application number to track the visa.
When the processing of the visa is complete, you will receive your permit. There are certain things that you need to note when you have finally received your visa. Some of the important points are as follows:
There are several causes for a Schengen visa rejection. Some of the common reasons include a civil crime committed by the applicant, submission of fake documents, invalid passport, lack of sufficient funds, travel history of the applicant and a few other reasons.
Well, a rejected Germany visit visa does not necessarily affect your application for a Belgium study visa. The reason behind the rejection of the permit is what can affect the application. If the reason is lack of availability of sufficient funds and this requirement for the student permit has been fulfilled, it will not affect the application. In case there is a serious reason behind rejection such as a criminal offence in the name of the applicant, the Belgium student visa application is most likely to get rejected.
You can stay in the country looking for a job until the validity of the visa ends. You are obliged to leave the country once the visa expires. The case would be different if the university that you have applied has facilities of placements for its students. Even then, you will have to leave the country before the expiry of your visa.