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Contribution covering administrative costs of an application

Contribution covering administrative costs of an application.

Why a contribution?

The contribution covers  the administrative costs involved with the processing of a visa application, a residence permit application or a demand for a change in status.

If this contribution is applicable to you, you will have to pay it before submitting your application to the Belgian diplomatic or consular post where you reside abroad or to the municipality where you reside in Belgium.

If your application concerns multiple applicants, each one will have to pay the applicable contribution.

In the event of a refusal, the contribution will not be refunded.

This contribution is in addition to the consular taxes (visa D), or the communal taxes (residence permit or change of status).

How much is the contribution?

The amount takes into account the age of the applicant and the purpose of the stay. Some foreigners are exempt of the requirement to pay  the contribution.
The applicant that is required to pay will pay either € 60, € 200, or € 350.

Who is required to pay a contribution of € 60?

  • The foreign national who was granted the status of long-term resident in another EU Member State and who submits an application for a stay of more than three months in Belgium (article 61/7 of the law of 15.12.1980);
  • The family members of the foreign national who was granted the status of long-term resident in another EU Member State when this foreign national is authorised for an unlimited or limited stay in Belgium and if they were living in the same household of the long-term resident in the other Member State (article 10 or 10bis of the law of 15.12.1980).

Who is required to pay a contribution of € 200?


(a) The foreign national (EU or non-EU) who applies for family reunification with a non-EU national who is authorised for an unlimited stay in Belgium (article 10 of the law of 15.12.1980), except :

  • if the applicant is a beneficiary of the Agreement establishing an association between the European Economic Community and Turkey, signed 12.09.1963 (no contribution if the sponsor is a recognised refugee (no contribution);
  • if the sponsor was granted subsidiary protection (no contribution);
  • if the applicant is a single, disabled child older than 18 years , who presents a certificate of a doctor- officially recognised by the diplomatic or consular post -  that states that he is not financially independent as a result of his/her disability (no contribution);
  • if the applicant is a family member of the foreign national who was granted the status of long-term resident in another EU Member State and if he was living in the household of the long-term resident in the other Member State (60€).

(b) The foreign national (EU or non-EU) who applies for family reunification with a non-EU national who is authorised for a limited stay in Belgium (article 10bis of the law of 15.12.1980), except :

  • if the applicant is a beneficiary of the Agreement establishing an association between the European Economic Community and Turkey, signed 12.09.1963 (no contribution);
  • if the sponsor was granted subsidiary protection (no contribution);
  • if the applicant is a solitary, disabled child older than 18 years, who presents a certificate of an - officially recognized by the post - doctor that states that he lacks the necessary resources (no contribution);
  • if the applicant is a family member of the foreign national who was granted the status of long-term resident in another EU Member State and if he was living in the household of the long-term resident in the other Member State (60€).

(c) The foreign national (EU or non-EU) who applies for family reunification with a Belgian citizen (article 40ter of the law of 15.12.1980), except :

  • if the applicant is a solitary, disabled child older than 18 years, who presents a certificate of an -officially recognized by the post- doctor that states that he lacks the necessary resources (no contribution);
  • if the sponsor is a Belgian citizen who has exercised his/her right to free movement (directive 2004/38/EC) (no contribution);

(d) The student who is enrolled in an educational establishment organised, accredited or subsidized by the Government (article 58 of the law of 15.12.1980);

(e) The foreign national who applies for a change of status when this new status is liable to a contribution of € 200 (for example: the foreigner with a limited stay of some kind who wants to prolong his stay based on an enrolment in an accredited educational establishment);

(f) The foreign national whose right of residence is accredited by an international treaty, a law or a royal decree (article 10, §1, 1° of the law of 15.12.1980), except if the applicant is a beneficiary of the Agreement establishing an association between the European Economic Community and Turkey, signed 12.09.1963 (no contribution);

(g) The foreign national who fulfils the conditions to acquire or to re-acquire the Belgian nationality (article 10, §1, 2° of the law of 15.12.1980), except if the applicant is a beneficiary of the Agreement establishing an association between the European Economic Community and Turkey, signed 12.09.1963 (no contribution);

(h) The woman who has lost her Belgian nationality through marriage or by acquiring a foreign nationality through her husband (article 10, §1, 3° v of the law of 15.12.1980), except if the applicant is a beneficiary of the Agreement establishing an association between the European Economic Community and Turkey, signed 12.09.1963 (no contribution);

(i) In some cases the foreign national who applies for a return visa.

Who pays a contribution of € 350? 


(a) The foreign national who applies for an authorisation for a stay of more than three months at the Belgian diplomatic or consular post (visa D – article 9 of the law of 15.12.1980) or at the municipality (article 9 of the law of 15.12.1980 and article 25/2 of the royal decree of 8.10.1980), except if the applicant is a beneficiary of the Agreement establishing an association between the European Economic Community and Turkey, signed 12.09.1963 (no contribution);

(b) The foreign national who applies for an authorisation for a stay in Belgium for humanitarian reasons (article 9bis of the law of 15.12.1980);

(c) The student who is enrolled in a private educational establishment (article 9 of the law of 15.12.1980);

(d) The researcher with a hosting agreement (article 61/11 of the law of 15.12.1980);

(e) The highly skilled worker – European Blue Card (article 61/27 of the law of 15.12.1980);

(f) The foreign national who applies for a change of status when this new status is liable to a contribution of € 350  (for example: the authorised student who wants to prolong his stay for professional reasons);

(g) The foreign national who applies for an authorisation to return to Belgium after more than 1 year absence (article 19§2 of the law of 15.12.1980 and royal decree of 07.08.1995);

(h) The foreign national who applies for re-acquisition of the status of long-term resident  after long absence (article 19,§2 of the law of 15.12.1980);

(i) In some cases the foreign national who applies for a return visa.

 

You don't have to pay a contribution if:

a) you are younger than 18 years;

b) if you apply for asylum or subsidiary protection;

c) if you apply for an authorisation for a stay of more than three months for medical reasons (article 9ter);

d) if you are a citizen of the European Union and you exercise your right of free movement (article 40 of the law of 15.12.1980);

e) if you are a family member of a citizen of the European Union and you apply for family reunification (article 40bis or 47/1);

f) if you are a Swiss citizen

+ the categories of exemption as mentioned above (except:…)

 

Who can pay the contribution?

The applicant or a third person.

 

Cash money or bank transfer?

The contribution needs to be in EUR and to be transferred to bank account BE57 6792 0060 9235.

Account information:

IBAN: BE57 6792 0060 9235

BIC: PCHQBEBB

Bank: BPOST NV, Muntcentrum (zonder nr.), 1000 Brussel

Beneficiary : FOD Binnenlandse Zaken, Dienst Vreemdelingenzaken, Antwerpsesteenweg 59B, 1000 Brussel

Reference of the payment and structure of the reference: Name, first name, nationality and date of birth (day (DD), month (MM), year (JJJJ)) of the applicant (as mentioned in the passport).

 

Proof of payment

You have to provide a valid proof of payment for the correct amount of the contribution. For example : If you have made a bank transfer, you should bring the account statement or a deposit slip with a postmark.

If you do not provide the proof of payment of the contribution at the time of  submission of your application, the application will be inadmissible. Consequently, the diplomatic or consular post or the municipality will not be accepting your application and it will not be processed. The diplomatic or consular post, the municipality or the Immigration Office will notify you of this decision by way of an annex 42.

If you wish to submit an application, you will have to return with the proof of payment of the contribution.

If you did not pay enough, the diplomatic or consular post, the municipality or the Immigration Office will request you to pay the remaining amount within a period of 30 days by means of an annex 43.  If you do not provide proof of payment of the remaining amount within 30 days, your application will be inadmissible. Consequently, the diplomatic or consular post or the municipality will not be accepting your application and it will not be processed. The diplomatic or consular post, the municipality or the Immigration Office will notify you of this decision by way of an annex 42.

The amount you have already paid will not be refunded.

 

Bank costs

The amount to be transferred has to cover the exact amount of the contribution as well as any banking charges linked to the payment. Inquire with the bank or deposit organization about the amount that will be transferred into the account.

The Immigration Office will check whether the right amount has been received.


Legal base

Program Law of 19 December 2014
Publication: 29 December 2014
Entry into force: 8 January 2014

 

+ Royal Decree of 16 February 2015
Publication: 20.02.2015
Entry into force: 02.03.2015