Within eight days of arriving in Belgium, anyone who stays in the country for more than three months (including EU countries) must register with the local administrative office/town hall. People from outside the EU will also apply for their residence permits. The documents you need to bring depend on your citizenship. The immigration department will ask the police to check your address and lease, so it is important that your name appears on your doorbell and mailbox. A police officer will visit your Belgian address to confirm that you live there. It can take up to four weeks for this to happen. Once you have received a letter of confirmation, you can make an appointment with the immigration department to obtain your residence permit. Non-EU nationals receive an eID residence card which serves as an identity card during their stay in Belgium, while EU citizens receive a residence document. An accredited research organization can only sign a welcome agreement with a researcher if the following conditions are met: if you are a student, researcher or professor who has been arriving in Belgium for more than three months outside the EU/EEA, you must apply for a long-term visa (visa D, provisional reintegration authorization). You must apply as quickly as possible to the Belgian Consulate or the Belgian Embassy in your country of residence, as it will take several weeks before your visa is processed. Your application includes a copy of your passport, an offer of admission/employment and an agreement to host your university, proof of financial means, conduct after faithful treatment and a medical certificate. You must pay additional administrative fees before applying for this visa.
Once you arrive in Belgium, you must obtain a residence permit. Doesn`t that apply to you? Check the “Other Cases” page. Decision time may be longer in certain periods (summer months, vacation periods). So make sure you submit your visa early enough. (*) Thus: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland. While English is the working language of many universities and research institutes, learning French or Dutch will help you enormously in your daily life. Many universities offer French or Dutch courses to their international students and collaborators, who are subsidized in whole or in part.