What type of visa do I need?
You will be applying for a Long Stay Student Visa (Type D) for Belgium. You will also need to apply for a Residence Permit / Visa Extension after arrival.
How do I apply for the visa?
You must apply for your visa through the Embassy or Consulate General of Belgium which has jurisdiction over the state where you live. You will be required to apply in person with your passport and additional required documents. After your arrival, AFS Belgium will assist you with obtaining a Residence Permit.
What documents will I need to collect in order to apply for the visa?
- A list of required documents will be sent to you by your Visa and Compliance Specialist.
*You will also need to contact your consulate for a finalized list of requirements.
When do I apply for the visa?
You will apply for your visa around two months before your departure.
How much will the visa cost?
The visa processing fee is around $200-250 USD and may vary between the embassy and consulates. There may also be a fee of approximately €20 Euro for the residence permit after your arrival in Belgium.
*Fees and requirements are determined by immigration authorities and are subject to change at any time.
Are there any other expected costs?
There are additional costs involved in obtaining, notarizing, legalizing, or mailing the required documents. There may also be additional costs associated with traveling to the embassy or consulate for an in-person appointment.
Are any of these costs covered in my AFS program fee?
No, your program fee does not cover any of the costs related to obtaining your passport or visa.
Can I travel before the start of my program?
You should not plan any travel outside of the United States three months prior to your program. If you travel before the start of your program, you will run the risk of not being able to participate in your program.
Fees and requirements are determined by immigration authorities and are subject to change at any time.