APPLICATION FOR A PROFESSIONAL CARD AND A LONG STAY VISA D
DO YOU NEED TO APPLY FOR A LONG STAY VISA D?
An Australian or New Zealand citizen or a national of any country other than a Member State of the European Union, Norway and Iceland who intends to reside in Belgium for a period longer than 90 days, or for a succession of periods totalling more than 90 days per 6 months, must first obtain a Long Stay Visa D.
When the applicant seeks to engage in a professional activity on an independent basis, the required residency visa can only be issued once the application for the professional card has been approved.
The professional card and visa applications are lodged with this Embassy at the same time. The Professional card application is forwarded to the regional authority competent for the region in which the company is officially registered. Upon receipt of approval of the professional card application from the region concerned, the Embassy can issue the visa. The applicant can then travel to Belgium and pick up his professional card in Belgium.
APPLICATION FOR THE PROFESSIONAL CARD:
The professional card is applied for through the Belgian Embassy in Canberra.
Please submit the following documents:
1. Complete application for the Professional Card
Please refer to one of the following websites depending on the region for which you apply:
- For occupation in the Brussels region : www.bruxelles.irisnet.be
- For the occupation in the Flemish region : https://www.vlaanderen.be/beroepskaart-voor-buitenlandse-ondernemers
- For the occupation in the Walloon region: www.emploi.wallonie.be.
2. Professional card fee (+ any legalisation and postage fees). See payment options.
The processing of the professional card may require some time. Therefore, it is recommended to introduce your request at least 4 months prior to your intended departure date.
Should you require your passport at any time during the application process you may request in writing for this to be returned to you.
APPLICATION FOR THE LONG STAY VISA D (WORK VISA):
At the same time you should submit your application for the Long Stay Visa D.
The following documents should be presented:
1. A valid national passport (validity 15 months on the date of application, but please note that when the professional card is approved and received by the Embassy, your passport should still be valid for at least 12 months!);
2. Two visa application forms duly completed, dated and signed.
3. Two recent passport-size pictures.
4. Proof of payment of Contribution fee. This may be a bank transfer receipt.
5. An original National Criminal History Record Check (Name check) not older than six months on the day you submit your application, delivered by the competent authority. This document has to be legalised by means of an Apostille. You can obtain the Apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia / Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand. See “Obtaining Documents”.
6. A medical certificate according to the model enclosed. Check the list of doctors affiliated with the Embassy. A blood test for syphilis and a chest x-ray for tuberculosis must be undertaken first, so that you can hand the results to the designated doctor.
If you live 150 km or more away from a designated doctor, you can choose a different doctor. Please ask the doctor to send us a letter on the clinic’s letterhead which states your name and the doctor’s full name and signature. This letter may also be sent to us as a scanned copy by email to email@example.com. The Embassy will then need to legalise the doctor’s signature. For fee: see Consular fees.
7. Visa application fee: see Consular fees.
8. Pre-paid self-addressed return express post or courier envelope or fee for AUD 7/ 16 or 25 for registered post envelope.
The approval of the Long Stay Visa D depends on the approval of your professional card.
The processing time for the professional card is usually around 5 months. Upon approval, the visa can be issued in 2 weeks.
If your spouse and/or children will accompany you to Belgium, please refer to our website https://australia.diplomatie.belgium.be/en/travel-to-belgium/visa/family... or contact us by email.