Any person who is not exempt and who wishes to stay in Belgium for more than 90 days must pay a fee.  

The fee covers the costs of processing the residence application.    

One fee must be paid per application and per person. In other words, each applicant who is not exempt must pay a fee for each application he/she submits.

Exemption:

These amounts shall apply per application if the applications are submitted by foreign nationals who are not exempt and who are linked by marriage or by a partnership registered in accordance with a law and possibly by the children of at least one of them who live with them as long as the applications are based on the same legal basis.

The amount of the fee depends on the purpose of the application.

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

The amount of the fee depends on the purpose of the application.

The person must present proof of full payment of the fee 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.

[see article 1 of the law of 15 december 1980]

The fee does not have to be paid if the applicant is under 18 years of age, or if the applicant is recognised stateless person who is found to have lost their nationality against their will and who demonstrates that they cannot obtain a legal and durable residence permit in another State with which they have links, or if the applicant a beneficiary or a family member of a beneficiary of the Agreement creating an association between the European Economic Community and Turkey signed on 12/09/1963. 

On the other hand, the fee does not have to be paid for the following applications:

  • application for residence of a foreign national who benefitted from the resettlement program supervised by the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees;
  • application for residence of a foreign national who is indigent and who proves this by being granted consular fee waiver by the diplomatic post on the basis of proven indigence provided that they do not have to prove that they have sufficient means of subsistence during their applications;
  • application for a registration certificate as a citizen of the European Union or the European Economic Area, or for a foreign national's identity card as a Swiss national;
  • application for a residence card as a family member of a citizen of the European Union or the European Economic Area, or for a foreign national's identity card as a family member of a Swiss national;      
  • application for a residence card as a family member of a Belgian national who has exercised their right to free movement, provided that they have been a member of the household of this Belgian national in the EU Member State where they have legally resided for more than three months before returning to Belgium;
  • application for international protection;
  • application for residence as a spouse or partner of a third-country national who has been granted refugee status or subsidiary protection by Belgium;     
  • application for residence as a father or mother of a third-country national who was under 18 years of age at the time of their entry into Belgium and the filing of their asylum application, provided that the person concerned has become an adult during the asylum procedure, and that the application for residence is filed within three months of the recognition of refugee status or the granting of subsidiary protection;
  • application for a residence permit on medical grounds;
  • application for a residence permit to study or conduct research work, on condition that a standard form is submitted attesting to the granting of a bursary by an authority or body designated in Article 1/1 of the Royal Decree of 8 October 1981;
  • application for residence as an unmarried disabled child over 18 years of age of a Belgian or foreign national authorised to reside in Belgium indefinitely (card B, C/K, D/L, F or F+) or on a limited basis (card A or H), provided that a certificate is presented issued by a doctor approved by a Belgian embassy or consulate indicating that they are unable to support themselves on account of their disability.

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

The amount of the fee depends on the purpose of the request. It is indexed each year.  

On 26 May 2022, new amounts will apply.

The amount is set at 63 EUR for the following applications (until 25 May 2022):  

  • application for authorisation to stay after obtaining long-term resident status in another Member State of the European Union; => €168 from 26 May 2022
  • application for residence in the capacity as family member of a foreign national authorised to stay in Belgium for more than 3 months after obtaining long-term resident status in another Member State of the European Union. => €181 from 26 May 2022 

The amount is set at 209 EUR for the following applications (until 25 May 2022):   => €181 from 26 May 2022 except for students!

  • application for residence in the capacity as spouse or partner of a foreign national who is staying in Belgium indefinitely (card B, C/K, D/L, F or F+);    
  • application for residence in the capacity as spouse or partner of a foreign national who is staying in Belgium temporarily (card A or H);    
  • application for residence in the capacity as spouse, partner or non-disabled descendant over 18 years of age of a Belgian who does not exercise or has not exercised their right to free movement;    
  • application for residence in the capacity as father or mother of a minor Belgian child;
  • application for authorisation to stay to study at a higher education institution, which is organised, recognised or subsidised by the public authorities; => €208 from 26 May 2022
  • application for a change of status when the new status is subject to a fee of 209 EUR;     
  • application by a third-country national who has a right of residence recognised by an international treaty, by a law or by a royal decree;
  • application of a third-country national who is legally entitled to recover Belgian nationality;
  • application by a third-country national who has lost Belgian nationality through marriage, or because the husband has acquired a foreign nationality;
  • application for a return visa after having left Belgium with a valid certificate of registration issued as part of a family reunification procedure. 

The amount is set at 366 EUR for the following applications (until 25 May 2022):  

  • application for a residence permit to exercise a professional activity, to study in a private educational institution, for research work, as an au pair, for humanitarian reasons, etc;
  • application for a change of status when the new status is subject to a fee of 366 EUR;     
  • application for authorisation to return to Belgium after an absence of more than one year; => €168 from 26 May 2022
  • application for the recovery of long-term resident status after a long absence; => €168 from 26 May 2022

From 26 May 2022, the amount is set at 126 EUR for the following applications:

  • Application for a residence permit for 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;
  • Application for a work permit in order to take up highly qualified employment;
  • Application for a work permit (single permit);
  • Application for a residence permit for more than 90 days as a seasonal worker;
  • Application for a residence permit for more than 90 days as an intracorporate transferee;
  • Application for a residence permit for more than 90 days for long-term mobility as an intracorporate transferee

From 26 May 2022, the amount is set at 201 EUR for the following applications:

  • Application for a residence permit for more than 90 days in order to study in a private higher educational institute;
  • Application for a residence permit for more than 90 days for humanitarian reasons submitted to a Belgian diplomatic or consular office abroad (Article 9 of the Law of 15 December 1980);
  • Application for a residence permit by a foreigner, independent professional with an employment card, or a proof of exemption;
  • Application for a return visa (lost, stolen or expired residence permit).

From 26 May 2022, the amount is set at 313 EUR for the following applications:

  • Application for a residence permit for humanitarian reasons submitted to a municipal administration in Belgium (Article 9 of the Law of 15 December 1980).

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.