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The Belgian Immigration Office requests the payment of an administrative fee to cover the cost of processing a visa D application or a residence application.  The Immigration Office has raised this fee as from 1 June 2021 to EUR 209, and EUR 366, depending on the type of application.1

WHY THIS MATTERS

The proof of payment of the administrative fee is generally required, only once, when applying for a Belgian visa D or a Belgian long-term residence permit.

Companies employing non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals in Belgium for a duration of longer than 90 days are legally required to obtain a Single Permit, including a visa type D, for their employees prior to the start of the employment in Belgium. The administrative fee is a cost companies incur in this respect.

Amount of Administrative Fee

Since 2 March 2015, the Belgian Immigration Office requires the payment of an administrative fee to cover the costs of processing a visa D application or a residence permit application.2  This fee is payable per person and per application and is payable in addition to the fee that is paid to the consular authorities when submitting a visa D application.

For applications filed as from 1 June 2021, the following amounts are due:

  • EUR 366 when, for instance, applying to reside more than three months in Belgium to carry out professional activities;
  • EUR 209 when, for instance, applying for residence as a family member of a foreign national who is authorised to reside in Belgium for an unlimited or limited period;
  • EUR 63 when, for instance, applying to reside more than three months in Belgium after obtaining long-term resident status in another EU member state. This fee has not been increased and remains the same.

The following applicants are not required to pay this fee:

  • Applications from those under 18 years old;
  • Citizens of the European Union and their family members;
  • Turkish citizens coming to work in Belgium and their family members;
  • Others, as specified.

KPMG NOTE

The Belgian Immigration Office will not accept visa D applications or long-term residence applications if the fee has not been paid by the applicant.

Any questions or concerns regarding third-country nationals wanting to work and live or currently working and living in Belgium should be directed to your qualified professional services contact or a member of the team (see Contact Us section) with the KPMG International member firm in Belgium.  

FOOTNOTES

1  Belgian Immigration Office, “Administrative fee” (in Dutch) at: https://dofi.ibz.be/nl/themas/faq/lang-verblijf/bijdrage.

2  For prior coverage, see Flash International Executive Alert 2015-039, March 17, 2015 (as GMS Flash Alert was previously known). Click here

*  Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not offer immigration services or labour law services. However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.

 

The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Belgium.

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