Fee

[Article 1/1 of the law of 15 December 1980 and[JP1]  Articles 1/1 to 1/2/1 of the Royal Decree of 8 October 1981].

On pain of inadmissibility of his application for authorisation or admission to stay, a foreigner must pay a fee covering administrative costs. By way of derogation, foreigners under 18 years old and recognised stateless persons who are found to have lost their nationality against their will and who can demonstrate that they cannot obtain a legal and permanent residence permit in another State with which they have ties, do not pay a fee (free of charge).

One fee must be paid per application and per person. By way of derogation, if an application is lodged by a family, this family pays only one fee if the partners are married or legal cohabitants and the application is lodged jointly and on the same legal basis for all family members.

There are different amounts, depending on the purpose of the application.

The proof of full payment of the fee must be provided at the time of application, either to the Belgian diplomatic or consular post (application for a D visa) or to the municipal administration of the place of residence (application for a residence permit). If this proof is not provided, the application is not eligible and will not be processed.

The fee is not refunded if the application for a D visa or a residence permit is refused. However, it may be refunded in certain cases.

The annexes referred to in the text are annexes to the Royal Decree of 8 October 1981.

There are several amounts, depending on the purpose of the application. These amounts are linked to the consumer price index of the Kingdom and are adjusted on 1 January each year.

New amounts are applicable as of 26 May 2022.

The amount of the fee is set as follows:

  • Application for a residence permit of more than 90 days submitted to a Belgian diplomatic or consular post (au pair, professional card or proof of exemption, Working Holiday Scheme, annuitant, humanitarian reasons, etc.) - Article 9 of the law of 15 December 1980: 201 EUR, except (b), (c), (d) and (f);
  • Application for a residence permit of more than 90 days submitted in Belgium (exceptional circumstances) - Article 9bis of the law of 15 December 1980: 313 EUR, except (b);
  • Application for a residence permit of more than 90 days for family members of a foreigner authorised to stay in Belgium for an unlimited period of time, or authorised to settle in Belgium (B, C, D, F, F+ or K card) - Article 10, § 1, paragraph 1, 4° to 6° of the law of 15 December 1980: 181 EUR, except (a), (e) and (f);
  • Application for a residence permit of more than 90 days for the family members of a foreigner authorised to stay in Belgium as a student (A card) - Article 10bis, § 1, of the law of 15 December 1980: 181 EUR, except (a) and (f);
  • Application for a residence permit of more than 90 days for the family members of a foreigner authorised to stay in Belgium for a limited period of time (A, H or L card) - Article 10bis, § 2 of the law of 15 December 1980: 181 EUR, except (a) and (f);
  • Application for a residence permit for the family members of a Belgian citizen - Article 40ter of the law of 15 December 1980: EUR 181, except (a) and (h);
  • Application for a residence permit of more than 90 days for a foreigner who wishes to stay in Belgium as a student in a public higher education institution - Article 60 of the law of 15 December 1980: 208 EUR, except (b);
  • Application for a residence permit of more than 90 days for a foreigner who wishes to study in a private higher education institution - Article 9 of the law of 15 December 1980: 201 EUR, except (b), (c), (d) and (f);
  • Application for a residence permit of more than 90 days for a foreigner who wishes to conduct a research project, as a researcher, under a hosting agreement signed with an accredited research institute - Article 61/11 of the law of 15 December 1980: 126 EUR, except (b);
  • Application for a work and residence permit (single permit) - Article 61/25-1 of the law of 15 December 1980: 126 EUR;
  • Application for a work and residence permit as a highly-qualified worker - Article 61/26 of the law of 15 December 1980: 126 EUR;
  • Application for a residence permit of more than 90 days as a seasonal worker - Article 61/29-4 of the law of 15 December 1980: 126 EUR;
  • Application for a residence permit of more than 90 days as an intra-corporate transferee - Article 61/34 of the law of 15 December 1980: 126 EUR;
  • Application for a residence permit of more than 90 days for long-term mobility as an intra‑corporate transferee - Article 61/45 of the law of 15 December 1980: 126 EUR;
  • Application for a residence permit of more than 90 days for a foreigner holding a valid "long‑term resident - EU" residence permit issued by another Member State of the European Union on the basis of Directive 2003/109/EC - Article 61/7 of the law of 15 December 1980: 168 EUR, except (b);
  • Application for a residence permit of more than 90 days for a foreigner whose right of residence has been recognised by an international treaty, by a law or by a royal decree - Article 10, § 1, paragraph 1, 1° of the law of 15 December 1980: 181 EUR, except (a), (e) and (f);
  • Application for a residence permit of more than 90 days for a foreigner who meets the conditions set out in the Belgian Nationality Code to re-acquire Belgian nationality - Article 10, § 1, paragraph 1, 2° of the law of 15 December 1980: 181 EUR, except (a), (e) and (f);
  • Application for a residence permit of more than 90 days for a woman who, through marriage or following the acquisition of a foreign nationality by her husband, has lost her Belgian nationality - Article 10, § 1, paragraph 1, 2° of the law of 15 December 1980: 181 EUR, except (a), (e) and (f);
  • Application for authorisation to return submitted by a foreigner who holds a valid Belgian residence or establishment permit and who has been absent from the Kingdom for more than one year - Article 19, § 2, of the law of 15 December 1980: 168 EUR, except (f) and (g);
  • Application for the re-acquisition of long-term resident status after the loss of the right of return - Article 19, § 2, of the law of 15 December 1980: 168 EUR, except (f) and (g);
  • Application for a change of status: see amount corresponding to the status applied for.

 

(a) Unless the applicant is an unmarried disabled child over the age of 18, provided he or she submits a certificate from a doctor approved by the Belgian diplomatic or consular post stating that he or she is unable to support himself or herself because of his or her disability: free of charge.

(b) Unless the applicant is a foreigner who provides proof that he or she holds a scholarship granted by a body or authority referred to in article 1/1 of the Royal Decree of 8 October 1981 using a standard form in accordance with the model laid down by the Minister or a certificate issued by the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid of the Federal Public Service for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation: free of charge.

(c) Unless the applicant is a foreigner who has been admitted to the resettlement procedure under a resettlement scheme supervised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: free of charge.

(d) Unless the applicant is an indigent alien and can prove this by means of an exemption from consular fees granted by the diplomatic or consular post based on justified indigence, provided he or she does not have to prove sufficient means of subsistence in the context of his or her application: free of charge.

(e) Unless the applicant is a family member of a foreigner who has refugee status or subsidiary protection status: free of charge.

(f) Unless the applicant is a beneficiary of the Agreement creating an association between the Republic of Turkey and the European Economic Community signed on 12 September 1963: free of charge.

(g) Unless the applicant is a beneficiary of refugee status or a family member of a foreigner with refugee status: free of charge.

(h) Except applications submitted by family members of a Belgian citizen who has exercised his or her right to free movement in accordance with the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union: free of charge.

ATTENTION: The Royal Decree of 9 February 2022 sets new amounts. This Royal Decree entered into force on 26 May 2022.

The fee must be paid in euro (€) by the applicant or a third party to the account of FPS Home Affairs, Immigration Office, Boulevard Pacheco 44, 1000 Brussels.

IBAN: BE57 6792 0060 9235
BIC: PCHQBEBB
Bank: BPOST SA, Centrum Monnaie (without number), 1000 Brussels

The communication must include the surname, first name, date of birth and nationality of the applicant according to the following structure: Last name First name Nationality Date of birth (DDMMYYYY).

The amount paid must cover the amount of the fee and any bank charges.

[see Article 1/2 of the Royal Decree of 8 October 1981]

The applicant must present valid proof of full payment of the fee at the time the application is submitted, either to the Belgian diplomatic or consular post (D visa) or to the municipal administration of the place of residence (application for a residence permit).

Example: If payment is made by bank transfer, the applicant must submit a bank statement or a postmarked transfer.

If the applicant does not present proof of full payment of the fee, the post or the municipal administration will declare the application inadmissible (Annex 42). 

If the applicant submits proof of payment of the fee, but the amount paid is insufficient, the post or municipal administration will declare the application temporarily inadmissible (Annex 43). The applicant has 30 days to present proof of payment of the balance. If the applicant does not present proof of payment of the balance within this period, the post or the municipal administration will declare the application definitively inadmissible (Annex 42). The amount already paid will not be refunded.

An inadmissible application will not be processed.

A refund of a fee paid in error, or paid for an application submitted between 2 March 2015 and 26 June 2016, may be requested from the Immigration Office.

A refund of the increased portion of the fee may be requested if the fee was paid for an application submitted between 1 March 2017 and 2 January 2019.

The person claiming the refund must comply with the following instructions:

  • Complete a "Request for Fee Refund" form legibly (in block capitals).  If the request for refund pertains to several fees, complete one email per fee;
  • Sign the form (manual signature or digital signature);
  • Attach proof of payment of the fee for which full or partial refund is requested;
  • Send the form "Request for Fee Refund" and proof of payment to the address remboursement[at]ibz.fgov.be, preferably in pdf format.

 One completed and signed form per fee + proof of payment = one email.

If the person requesting the refund of the fee is not the person who paid the fee, the request for refund must be accompanied by two additional documents:

  • authorisation to refund the fee to a third party signed by the person who paid the fee;
  • a copy of the identity or residence document of the person who paid the fee.

If the request for a refund is justified, the Immigration Office will inform the applicant. As a rule, the fee will be refunded within 6 to 8 weeks of this information.