BELGIUM – New Mandatory Fee for Residence
The Belgian federal government has introduced a mandatory administrative fee, effective 2 March 2015, for residence authorisation applications.
The fee, ranging from 60 € to 215 €, must be paid by bank transfer. Proof of payment must be submitted as part of the residence application.
Who is Affected?
The fee must be paid by all work permit holders (215 €) and most of their dependent family members (160 €), students (160 €), some researchers (215 €) and Blue Card applicants (215 €).
A reduced amount (60 €) is to be paid by long-term residents.
Exemptions include nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, children under 18 years of age and refugees.
The Program Law of 19 December 2014 inserted the fee into the Immigration Law, and this was implemented by a Royal Decree of 16 February 2015, determining the amount of the fees concerned as well as practical arrangements for collecting them.
The measure is justified by reference to the continuous increase in the number of residence applications in Belgium, and the resulting cost to the authorities.
- Ensure that the correct administrative fee is paid before submitting any relevant residence application in Belgium.