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Study in Belgium


In order to obtain a residence permit to study in Belgium, some basic conditions must be met: (1) An attestation must be issued by the higher education institution; (2) You need to proof sufficient means of subsistence; (3) A medical certificate and a certificate stating that you are not carrying any of the diseases which might endanger public health as well as (4) a document stating that you are not convicted for crimes or offences under common law, and that you are no threat to public order or public security, must be issued.

Some people have difficulties obtaining the equivalence of their diploma or don’t know whether the solicited higher education institution allows to be granted a visa or residence permit in Belgium.

Is the higher education institution certified? Can I take evening classes? Can I follow a one year language foundation course before registering for a higher education course? Can I work as a student (under a student work permit)? Is the salary of my guarantor considered sufficient?

In theory, the application for a residence must be lodged at the Belgian consulate or embassy in your country of residence. In some particular cases, the student will already be in Belgium (with a legal permit). In this case, you can lodge the application with the municipal administration in your place of residence.

Once the residence permit is granted to the student, the permit will be valid during the time of the studies. If the permit is refused or has been terminated, an appeal to annul this decision is possible before the Council for Immigration Litigation within 30 days.

Altea offers advice by expert lawyers, adapted to your personal situation.

Contact Céline Verbrouck or Catherine de Bouyalski, specialist lawyers in immigration law and international family law, certified by the Order of Lawyers of the Bar of Brussels.

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