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New contribution for visa LONG stay - D

Since the 2nd of March 2015, a contribution is required for the processing of certain long stay (D) visa applications.

This contribution can be paid by either the applicant or a third person (family members, acquaintance, sponsor, guarantor, etc.). This contribution should be paid into the account of the Immigration Office in Belgium.

The proof of payment of this contribution needs to be presented at the time of the introduction of the visa application. Should the applicant be unable to provide a proof of payment, the visa application will be deemed inadmissible.

This contribution is to be paid on top of the handling fee of the long stay visa (handling fee = the equivalent of €180 in local currency). The handling fee will still need to be paid at the time of the application. An exemption for the handling fee, does not necessarily imply that one is also exempt for the contribution.

We therefore recommend you to carefully consult the website of the Immigration Office (the English-language website will be gradually upgraded and might thus experience both partial and temporary closures) with regards to the amount of the contribution and the manner in which this is to be paid.


  • Any bank charges or charges related to the transfer will need to be borne by the applicant or whomever performs the transfer.
  • In the event that you have not paid the full amount, you will have an additional 30 days to transfer the additional amount. If you do not provide the proof that the full amount was paid within this period, the amount already paid will not be reimbursed and the application will be inadmissible.
  • The contribution will likewise not be reimbursed in the event of a refusal of the visa.


All the information concerning visa applications for Belgium is available on the website of the Foreigners Department of the FPS Home Affairs, which is the competent Belgian authority for access to the territory, stay, residence and removal of foreigners in Belgium.

Attention: If you would like to apply for a Schengen visa, please do so through the VFS website for visa applications to travel to Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. The VFS "Benelux" call center can be reached at +62 21 304 187 12 and by e-mail.

Important remarks

  1. There is no legal right to a visa.
  2. A later change of the purpose of the visa is not admissible.
  3. Additional documents or proof may be asked by the consular officer in individual cases.
  4. All original documents should be presented together with a photocopy.
  5. At the entry in the Schengen area the immigration authorities may ask to see the supporting documents to the visa application. Therefore the applicant should carry the originals or copies with him/her.
  6. Incomplete application forms or insufficient supporting documents will result in a negative decision on the application.
  7. In case a visa is not approved, the consular fee paid with the application will not be refunded.  

General Information

Schengen visa

Since the 1st September 2011, following an agreement between the three Benelux countries, applications for Schengen visas are centralised and should be introduced through the VFS website for visa applications to travel to Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. The VFS "Benelux" call center can be reached at +62 21 304 187 12 and by e-mail

Following the mutual visa waiver agreement signed with the European Union on 26 May 2015, Timor Leste citizens are allowed visa-free for 90 days within 180 days inside the Schengen Area.

The Embassy of Belgium continues to deliver the other types of visas.





Au pair

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See www.mae.lu/fr/Site-MAE/Immigration