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  • 08 March 2020

    Limited working hours of Belgium Visa Application Centres in China

    Information for customers planning to visit our Belgium Visa Application Centres across China

    In light of the current Coronavirus alert, please note that all the Belgium Visa Application Centres except Wuhan, Xi’an Chongqing and Nanjing are now open for limited hours. The Visa Application Centre in Chongqing will be open from 09 March 2020, also for limited hours. The re-opening of the other centres will be subject to notifications from central, provincial and city authorities, so please return to this page for further updates.

    The working hours for the above mentioned 11 Visa Application Centres except Hangzhou are from 09:00 hrs to 12:00 hrs, Monday to Friday. The Visa Application Centre in Hangzhou will open from 10:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs, Monday to Friday.

    We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and kind co-operation. Please contact infopek.becn@vfshelpline.com for any enquires.

    Gentle reminder:

    The Visa Application Centre buildings management will follow local authorities’ special regulations on whether applicants from other cities can be allowed to enter the building. Please contact the respective Visa Application Centre through helpline or email in advance to know more about local regulations, in order to avoid any inconvenience caused during your application submission. Thank you for your co-operation.

    Notice:

    As a precautionary measure and in order to avoid the spread of the novel Coronavirus, all applicants visiting the Visa Application Centres are required to wear mask and have their body temperature checked at the entrance and fill in relevant information. Those who don’t wear mask and have fever will be asked to leave and return another day when their health improve. Applicants with signs and symptoms of novel Coronavirus (e.g. fever, cough and difficulty breathing) should seek medical advice as early as possible from the local Health Authorities. Your co-operation during this time is highly appreciated.

  • 21 February 2020

    Limited working hours of Belgium Visa Application Centres in China

    Information for customers planning to visit our Belgium Visa Application Centres across China


    In light of the current Coronavirus alert, please note that all the Belgium Visa Application Centres in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are now open for limited hours. The Visa Application Centres in Jinan, Shenyang, Chengdu, Kunming, Shenzhen, Fuzhou, Changsha and Hangzhou will be open from 24 February 2020, also for limited hours. The re-opening of the other centres will be subject to notifications from central, provincial and city authorities, so please return to this page for further updates.

    The working hours for the above mentioned 10 Visa Application Centres except Hangzhou are from 09:00 hrs to 12:00 hrs, Monday to Friday. The Visa Application Centre in Hangzhou will open from 10:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs, Monday to Friday.

    We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and kind co-operation. Please contact infopek.becn@vfshelpline.com for any enquires.

    Gentle reminder:

    The Visa Application Centre buildings management will follow local authorities’ special regulations on whether applicants from other cities can be allowed to enter the building. Please contact the respective Visa Application Centre through helpline or email in advance to know more about local regulations, in order to avoid any inconvenience caused during your application submission. Thank you for your co-operation.

    Notice:

    As a precautionary measure and in order to avoid the spread of the novel Coronavirus, all applicants visiting the Visa Application Centres are required to wear mask and have their body temperature checked at the entrance and fill in relevant information. Those who don’t wear mask and have fever will be asked to leave and return another day when their health improve. Applicants with signs and symptoms of novel Coronavirus (e.g. fever, cough and difficulty breathing) should seek medical advice as early as possible from the local Health Authorities. Your co-operation during this time is highly appreciated.

  • 14 February 2020

    Temporary closure of Belgium Visa Application Centres in China

    Information for customers planning to visit our Belgium Visa Application Centres across China

    In light of the current Coronavirus alert, please note that all the Belgium Visa Application Centres in China except Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are closed. The re-opening of the centres will be subject to notifications from central, provincial and city authorities, so please return to this page for further updates. The Visa Application Centres in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou will open from 9:00 hrs to 12:00 hrs, Monday to Friday.

    We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and kind co-operation. Please contact infopek.becn@vfshelpline.com for any enquires.

  • 09 February 2020

    Temporary closure of Belgium Visa Application Centres in China

    Information for customers planning to visit our Belgium Visa Application Centres across China

    In light of the current Coronavirus alert, please note that the Belgium Visa Application Centres across China will remain closed until 16 February 2020 (included). However, the re-opening of the centres may change, subject to further notifications from central, provincial and city authorities. Please contact infopek.becn@vfshelpline.com for any enquires. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and kind co-operation. Please return to this page for further updates.

  • 31 January 2020

    Temporary closure of Belgium Visa Application Centres in China

    Information for customers planning to visit our Belgium Visa Application Centres across China

    In light of the current Coronavirus alert, please note that the Belgium Visa Application Centres across China will remain closed until 09 February 2020 (included). However, the re-opening of the centres may change, subject to further notifications from central, provincial and city authorities. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and kind co-operation. Please return to this page for further updates.

  • 27 January 2020

    Temporary closure of Belgium Visa Application Centres in China

    Information for customers planning to visit our Belgium Visa Application Centres across China

    In light of the current Coronavirus alert, please note that the Belgium Visa Application Centres across China will remain closed until 03 February 2020. However, the re-opening of the centres may change, subject to further notifications from central, provincial and city authorities. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and kind co-operation. Please return to this page for further updates.

  • 01 January 2020

    Relocation of Belgium Visa Application Centre – Beijing

    Please be informed that effective on 02 December 2019, Belgium Visa Application Centre in Beijing will be relocated to the new address. All applicants are advised to visit the new counter from on 02 December 2019.

    Address: 2/F, Yoo Lee Plaza, Building No.21, Gongrentiyuchang Beilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100027,P.R China

  • 27 September 2019

    The Visa Application Centre in Beijing will be closed from 12:00 on 30 September 2019, due to the traffic control in the city. Please kindly arrange your time accordingly. Sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused.

  • 17 May 2019

    Contribution covering administrative costs of an application for long term visa  : New amounts for applications submitted from 01 June 2019

    € 62 instead of € 60

    € 204 instead of € 200

    € 358 instead of € 350

    • For more information about the amount to be paid and exemption, please click here :
  • 03 January 2019

    THE SINGLE PERMIT (work and residence) COMES INTO EFFECT ON 01 JANUARY 2019

    Simplification of the procedure for third-country nationals who apply for authorization to stay and to work in Belgium (single permit) :

    As from 01 January 2019, third-country nationals wishing to work in Belgium for more than 90 days will apply to the competent Region, through their employer, for a single application for a work permit and a request for a residence permit. The proof of payment of the administrative fee will have to be submitted. (The Embassy/Consulate of Belgium has no role in this process).

    If the work permit and residence permit are granted respectively by the Region and the Immigration Office, the third-country national will receive a single document stating that he/she is authorized to stay for more than 90 days in Belgium for work.

    The "single application / single permit" procedure does not apply to:

    • third-country nationals traveling to Belgium to work less than 90 days;
    • third-country nationals who go to Belgium for purposes other than work;
    • au pairs;
    • researchers with a hosting agreement;
    • highly qualified workers (European Blue Card);
    • workers who are subject to an intra-corporate transfer (Directive 2014/66/EU of 15/05/2014);
    • trainees from the Flemish Region.

    The visa application will only be submitted at the end of the process, when the single permit has been granted. The applicant should submit a visa application type D with his/her passport and the single permit and pay the visa fee at the VFS Centre where fingerprints will be collected.

    For more information about the single permit, please visit the following website : www.dofi.fgov.be

  • 01 December 2018

    LONG STAY « D » VISA – biometric procedure.

    As of 01 December 2018, applicants for a long stay D visa will need to give their finger prints and photo.  The biometric procedure will need to be repeated each time  (the biometric procedure is not reusable for consecutive applications).

    There are 2 exceptions :

    • Children under the age of 6
    • Holder of diplomatic or service passport posted in a diplomatic mission in Belgium.

    Information about the new procedure is available on Home Office website.

    https://dofi.ibz.be/sites/dvzoe/FR/Guidedesprocedures/Pages/Prise%20de%20donn%C3%A9es%20biom%C3%A9triques%20dans%20le%20cadre%20d%E2%80%99une%20demande%20de%20visa%20D.aspx.

  • 16 September 2018

    Due to the severe impact of Typhoon MangKhut, Guangzhou and Shenzhen Belgium Visa Application Centers will be closed for next Monday (17 September 2018). Sincere apology for any inconvenience caused here.

  • 9 January 2018

    Due to the relocation of Belgium Application Center, the working hour of Visa Application Center in Beijing will be from 8:00 to 13:00 on 12 January 2018. We are sorry for the inconvenience it might cause.

  • 14 July 2017

    Please kindly be informed that Joint Visa Application Center in Nanjing will be closed early on 19 July 2017 at 11:30 as requested. We regret for the inconvenience.

  • 26 April 2017

    Biometrics in the visa application submission process

    All applicants applying for a Schengen visa for the first time or applicants who have not previously given biometric data shall submit biometric data - ten fingerprints and a photo. The only exception to this is applicants who have submitted their finger prints on and after October 12, 2015 and children under the age of 12. Applicants who qualify under this category may wish to send their applications by Post. Please click here for more information.

  • 13 April 2017

    Visa Application Centre in Chengdu will be closed on 14 April 2017.

    Due to State Grid maintenance on 14 April 2017, kindly be informed that Visa Application Centre in Chengdu will be closed for the whole day. We regret for the inconvenience.

  • 10 March 2017

    Visa Application Centre in Hangzhou will be closed on 28 March 2017 early at 12:30.

    Due to the Consulate event on 28 March 2017, kindly be informed that Visa Application Centre in Hangzhou will be closed early at 12:30. We regret for the inconvenience.

  • 27 February 2015

    Administrative Fee for long stay visa for Belgium from 2 March 2015 ONWARDS.