UK Visas for Belgian Citizens after Brexit
From 1 January 2021, Belgian Citizens need to apply for a visa for living, working, or studying longer than six months in the UK.
Accordingly, Belgian Citizens will need to meet specific requirements of respective settlement, study, and work routes for getting a valid visa before arrival in the UK.
After the end of the free movement, Belgians do not need a visa for visiting the UK for up to six months.
How to Apply for UK Visa from Belgium?
Belgian Citizens can check whether they require a UK visa by using the online tool. If they require visa, then can apply online.
Belgian nationals who need to apply for a visa to come to the UK should be able to complete their entire application online using the Immigration App to verify their identity. Accordingly, Belgians may not need to go to a Visa Application Centre (VAC), for submitting their passport or obtaining a visa vignette prior to travel.
If they require, then can go to Brussels Visa Application Centre, Regus Brussels South Station, 5th Floor South Centre Titanium, Place Marcel Broodthaers 8/Box 5, 1060, Brussels.
How Long Does It Take to Process UK Visa in Belgium?
In 2023, non-settlement visit, study, and work visa application processing time in Belgium is usually 3-weeks.
UK priority non-settlement visit, study, and work applications processing time from Belgium is normally 5 working days.
The additional cost of UK priority (non-settlement) visa service from Belgium is €294.
Spouse Settlement Visa Processing Time for Belgians
The UK settlement visa processing time after biometrics from Belgium for spouse, partner, family applications are usually within 12 weeks.
Spouse priority settlement visa processing time for Belgian passport holders is 6-weeks.
The additional cost of UK priority settlement visa service from Belgium is €674.
In 2023, UKVI has suspended settlement priority service for new family visa applications.
Super Priority Visa Processing Time in Belgium
Super-priority service fee in Belgium is €1,124 to process UK visa applications by next working day.
How long can Belgians stay in the UK?
On a visitor (holiday or tourist) visa Belgians can stay in the UK up to 180 days per visit.
Belgians on a spouse, student, and work visa in the UK can stay up to the validity of the visa.
Belgians on valid spouse, work, and student visa can extend their duration of stay in the UK by meeting the relevant leave to remain (LTR) requirements.
Family and some work routes such as Skilled Worker, Innovator etc. also enable Belgian migrants in the UK to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and subsequently Naturalisation and British Citizenship.
How Many Belgians Live in the UK?
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), as of 2021, there were an estimated 31,000 Belgian nationals living in the UK.
This number includes both those who are residents in the UK for a short-term or long-term period.
The number of Belgian nationals living in the UK has fluctuated over the years and may have been affected by events such as Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Do UK Citizens need a visa for Belgium?
As of February 2023, UK citizens are required to apply for an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) to travel to Belgium, starting from 2023. This is part of a new travel authorization system that the European Union is introducing for visa-exempt third-country nationals, including UK citizens.
The ETIAS is not a visa, but a pre-travel authorization that allows for short-term stays (up to 90 days) for tourism, business, or transit purposes. The application process is quick and simple and can be done online.
It’s important to note that the rules and regulations regarding travel and visas can change, so it’s always a good idea to check the latest information and guidelines from the Belgian government or the UK government before planning any travel to Belgium.
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Can Belgian Citizens Travel to the UK?
Belgian Citizens are non-visa nationals. Therefore, for visiting UK up-to 6 months Belgian Citizens don’t require a visa.
Please note, in terms of Paragraph V 1.3 of Appendix V Immigration Rules for visitors, a non-visa national may only need to apply for visiting visa, if they are: (a) visiting the UK to marry or to form a civil partnership, or to give notice of this; or (b) seeking to visit the UK for more than 6 months.
Types of UK Visit Visas for Belgians
The most popular visa for visiting UK from Belgium is the standard visitor visa. However, depending on the purpose of visiting the UK, Belgian Citizens can apply for other types of visitor visas such as marriage, private medical treatment, permitted paid engagement.
What is UK Visit Visa Success Rate for Belgians?
In the year ending September 2022, a total of 122 Belgians applied for visitor visa UK. 90 applications resolved, 68 visit visas granted to Belgian nationals, and 20 applications rejected. Therefore, the UK visitor visa success and refusal rate from Belgium are 75.56% and 22.22%, respectively.
Standard Visitor Visa
Belgian nationals can apply for standard visitor visa for tourism (holidays), visiting family in the UK, business meetings, study (courses up to 6 months), and other permitted activities.
Belgians can apply for either short term (6 months) or long term (2, 5 and 10 years) standard visitor visa.
The UK multiple entry visa rules are same for all types of standard visitor or tourist visa. Therefore, Belgians on standard visitor or tourist visa can stay in the UK up to 180 days per visit.
How Much is UK Visit Visa Fee in Belgium?
In 2023, the 6 months visit visa fee UK in Belgium is €118.
Frequent travellers from Belgium to UK can apply for long-term visitor visa for tourism, visiting family, and permitted business activities.
The UK visa fees in Belgium for long term 2, 5, and 10 years visit visa applications are €442, €788, and €984, respectively.
How Much is UK Priority Visit Visa Fee in Belgium?
The charges for priority service in Belgium are €294.
UK priority visa fees in Belgium for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years tourist or visitor applications are €412, €736, €1,082, and €1,278, respectively.
How much is super priority visa in Belgium?
The cost of UK super priority service in Belgium is €1,124 for tourist or visitor visa.
UK super-priority 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years visitor or tourist visa fees from Belgium are €1,242, €1,566, €1,912, and €2,108, respectively.
How Much is London or England Visa Price in Belgium?
The application fee of 6 months standard visitor visa UK from Belgium is commonly known as England or London tourist visa price.
The 6-months London or England tourist visa price in Belgium is €118 per applicant.
To get a London or England visa for tourism Belgians need to prove that they have ample funds for the trip and will leave the UK at the end of the visit.
Use of false documents for London or England visa from Belgium may lead to 10-year deception ban.
How much is Child Visit Visa UK Fees from Belgium?
UK child visitor visa fees in Belgium for 6 months, 2, 5, and 10 years are €118, €442, €788, and €984, respectively.
Infants and children under 5 years of age are not exempt from application fee payment.
Other Visitor Visas UK from Belgium
Marriage Visitor Visa
Belgians need to apply for marriage visitor visa if they are travelling to the UK for getting married, forming a civil partnership, or giving a notice of marriage or civil partnership.
UK marriage visitor visa fees in Belgium are €118.
Belgians can stay in the UK up to 180 days on a marriage visitor visa.
Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa
Belgians need to apply for a medical visitor visa if they are travelling to the UK for getting private medical treatment and check-up for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months.
The UK Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa Fees in Belgium are €235.
Belgians can stay in the UK up to 11 months on private medical treatment visa.
Please note, there is no provision in the Immigration Rules for a family member, friend, or nurse to accompany a visitor, who is coming to the UK for private medical treatment. Therefore, any attendant needs to apply as a visitor and satisfy the requirements.
For research and formal exchange arrangements, Belgians can apply for academic visitor visa UK up to 12 months.
The UK Academic Visitor visa cost for Belgians is €235.
Belgian academics (and their accompanying partner or child) can stay in the UK up to 12 months on academic visitor visa.
Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE)
The Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE) visitor visa is for those Belgian experts who are coming to the UK for undertaking specific paid engagements up to one month.
Accordingly, as per Appendix 3 of Appendix V of the Immigration Rules, Belgian professionals such as visiting examiners, assessors, lecturers, designated air pilot examiners, qualified lawyers, artists, entertainers, and sportspersons can apply for Permitted Paid Engagement visitor visa up to 30 days.
UK Permitted Paid Engagement visit visa fees requirements in Belgium are €118.
Parent of a Child Student Visa
Belgians can apply for a Parent of Child Student visa up to 12 months if their child is attending an independent fee-paying day school in the UK.
Parent of Tier 4 Child Student visa cost in Belgium is €624.
Belgian Citizens usually don’t require a visa to transit the UK.
The transit visa is for those who intend to transit the UK on route to another country outside the Common Travel Area (CTA) and who will enter the UK for up to 48 hours by crossing the UK border unless Appendix Visitor: Transit Without Visa Scheme applies.
How much is Transit Visa Fees in Belgium?
Cost of Direct Airside Transit (DATV) visa in Belgium is €41.
The application charges for ‘Visitor in Transit’ and for ‘Joining a Ship or Aircraft as a Member of Crew of that Ship or Aircraft’ are €75.
UK Student Visas for Belgian Citizens 2023
As of October 5, 2020, UK student visa under Immigration Rules Appendix Student has replaced Tier 4 (General) Student route.
To study English Language in the UK, Belgians can also apply for Short-term Student (English language) visa.
If Belgians intend to study a course for 6 months or less in the UK, then can do so on visitor visa.
Student Visa (aka Tier 4)
If Belgians intend to study with a UK sponsor on a course of further or higher education, a pre-sessional English course, a recognised foundation programme or to take an elected post as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer then need to apply for Student Visa as per Immigration Rules Appendix Student.
What is UK Student Visa Success Rate for Belgians?
In the year ending September 2022, a total of 456 Belgians applied for student visa UK. 453 applications resolved, 442 student visas granted to Belgians, and 5 applications rejected. Therefore, the UK student visa success and refusal rate for Belgians are 97.57% and 1.10%, respectively.
How Much is UK Student Visa Fees in Belgium?
UK student visa fees in Belgium are €427 to study in London or elsewhere in England or Britain.
Student dependants (spouse, partner, children) visa UK fees in Belgium are also €427.
UK student visa processing time in Belgium is usually 3 weeks
Priority Student Visa Fee in Belgium 2023
To accelerate processing time within 5 working days, the cost of priority student visa UK in Belgium is €721 i.e. application fee €427 plus priority service charges €294.
Super Priority Student Visa Fee in Belgium 2023
Belgians can use super priority (premium) service to expedite student visa processing by next working day.
The cost of super priority student visa UK in Belgium is €1,551 i.e. application fee €427 plus super priority service charges €1,124.
IHS Fees for UK Student Visa Belgium
The study visa Immigration Health Charge (aka Immigration Health Surcharge or IHS) requirements for Belgian students are @ £624 per year for each year of stay in the UK.
IHS for student dependent visa from Belgium is also @ £624 per year for each year of stay in the UK.
Can Belgian Students Work in the UK?
Belgian students on degree level course in the UK can work for 20 hours per week during term-time.
Belgian students on below degree level course in the UK can only work for 10 hours per week during term-time.
During semester break, Belgian students on degree or below degree course can work fulltime.
Dependent spouse of Belgian student studying below degree level course cannot work in the UK. However, a dependent spouse of Belgian students studying degree level course can work (including self-employment and voluntary work) in the UK.
Does UK Give Post Study Work Visa to Belgians?
Yes, under the Graduate route Belgian students, who have completed bachelor’s degree or above in the UK, can apply for 2-Year post study work visa.
If Belgians have completed PhD in the UK, then can get 3-Year post study work visa.
Short Term Student (English Language) Visa
If Belgians intend to study English language in the UK for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months at an accredited institution, then needs to apply for Short-term Student (English language).
English Language study visa fees requirements for Belgian students are €235.
If Belgians intend to study a course for 6 months or less without student sponsor but with an accredited provider, then can apply under Appendix V for Visitor.
Therefore, if English Language course is up to 6 months, then application charges are €118.
UK Family Visas for Belgian Citizens 2023
The family route is for those Belgians who can apply for a UK visa because of their relationship to a person settled in the UK or a British citizen. This includes spouse settlement visa, adult dependant relative, parent of a British Child visa etc.
UK Family Visa Success Rate for Belgians
In the year ending September 2022, a total of 39 Belgians applied for family settlement visa UK. 20 applications resolved, 18 family settlement visas granted to Belgians, and 2 applications rejected. Therefore, the UK family (spouse) settlement visa success and refusal rate from Belgium are 90.00% and 10.00%, respectively.
Spouse or Partner Visa UK for Belgians
In terms of Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, Belgians can apply for spouse (partner) visa under the 5-year route.
To get spouse visa Belgian Citizens need to meet genuine and subsisting relationship, intentions to live together permanently, financial, accommodation and English Language requirements.
If Belgian Citizens meet these requirements, then get an entry clearance for an initial period of 33 months with a condition of no recourse to public funds.
After 30 months Belgian Citizens need to make spouse visa extension application for a further leave to remain in the UK.
Belgians may qualify for ILR (indefinite leave to remain) after completing 60 months (5 years) in the UK under the family settlement route Appendix FM.
ILR under the 5-year route is for those who meet all the suitability and eligibility requirements of the Immigration Rules at every stage.
If Belgian spouse fails to meet the financial, English language or lawful immigration status requirements then cannot apply for settlement under the 5-year route.
If exceptional circumstances under Appendix FM apply, then Belgian Citizens may be considered for settlement under the 10-year route.
How Much is UK Spouse Visa Fees in Belgium?
In 2023, UK spouse, civil, unmarried, or same-sex partner visa fees in Belgium are €1,808.
To fast track UK spouse settlement visa within 6 weeks the fee in Belgium is €2,482 i.e. application cost €1,808 plus the priority settlement service charges €674.
Can Belgians Apply for Fiancé(e) Visa UK?
Belgians can apply for fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner visa if the purpose is getting married or entering a civil partnership in the UK.
The duration of fiancé(e) visa is six (6) months.
After the marriage or civil partnership in the UK, Belgians can apply for leave to remain as a spouse or civil partner.
Fiancé(e) visa fee in Belgium is €1,808.
Other Family Visa UK Fees and Requirements in Belgium
Parent of a British Child
Belgians can apply for Parent of a British Child Visa if they have the sole responsibility for or direct access to the child following the breakdown of their relationship with the child’s other parent.
Parent of British Child visa application charges are €1,808.
Adult Dependant Relative
Belgians can apply for Adult Dependant Relative Visa if they are parents (or other adult dependent relatives such as brothers, sisters etc) and need long-term personal care due to illness, age or disability and the UK sponsor is their only relative, who can provide such long-term personal care without recourse to public funds.
UK Adult Dependant Relative visa fees in Belgium are €3,820.
Dependants joining or accompanying
The ‘joining or accompanying’ route is for those Belgians who are applying for visa based on their relationship to another migrant who is not settled in the UK or a British citizen, and who is on a route without a specific visa for dependants.
The UK spouse or partner visa fees in Belgium under Dependant Joining or Accompanying route are €1,808.
Belgians may be able to live permanently in the UK as a ‘returning resident’ if they were previously settled in the UK.
UK visa application cost in Belgium for Returning residents is €624.
EEA Family Permit
Due to Brexit, the EEA family permit route under EEA Regulations 2016 has ended on June 30, 2021.
EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit
In terms of Appendix EU (Family Permit), Belgians can apply for EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) Family Permit as a non-EEA family member such as spouse, civil partner, child, child above 21 years of age, and parent of an EEA national living in the UK.
There are no application charges for EUSS Family Permit in Belgium.
UK Work Visas for Belgian Citizens 2023
The most popular route for getting a job in the UK from Belgium is the Skilled Worker visa.
Belgians can also apply for other types of UK work visa such as Innovator, Startup, Global Business Mobility, Health and Care Worker etc.
UK Work Visa Success Rate for Belgians
In the year ending September 2022, a total of 811 Belgians applied for work visa UK. 820 applications resolved, 794 work visas granted to Belgian nationals, and 14 applications rejected. Therefore, the UK work visa success and refusal rate from Belgium are 96.83% and 1.71%, respectively.
Skilled Worker (aka Tier 2 General)
If Belgians are sponsored to do a specific skilled job for a Home Office licensed sponsor, then can apply for Skilled Worker visa.
Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 General (aka work permit) in 2020. However, unlike Tier 2 General, this new route for skilled workers can lead to permanent settlement (ILR) in the UK. Therefore, Belgian Citizens can move to UK from Belgium through the Skilled Worker visa route.
How Much is Skilled Worker Visa Fee in Belgium?
UK Skilled Worker visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) for main applicant and dependants.
If the COS is for 3-years or less, then the UK Skilled Worker Visa Fees in Belgium are €735.
If the COS is for 3-years or more then the fee is €1,452.
Skilled Worker (Shortage Occupation) Visa UK Fees for Belgians
Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS).
If the COS is for three years or less, then the fee is €563.
If the COS is for three years or more then the fee is €1,108.
Health and Care Work Visa UK
If Belgians are sponsored to work in the UK as a qualified doctor, nurse, or allied health professional for Home Office licensed sponsor, then can apply for Health and Care Visa.
Health and Care work visa route for skilled workers can lead to permanent settlement (ILR) in the UK. Therefore, Belgian Citizens can move to UK from Belgium through Health and Care Worker visa route.
How Much is Health and Care Visa UK Fee in Belgium?
The UK Health and Care visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS).
If the COS is for 3-years or less, then application cost is €290.
If the COS is for 3-years or more, then application charges are €563.
If Belgians intend to set up an innovative business for the first time in the UK, then can apply for the Start-up visa.
UK Start-up Visa Fees in Belgium are €444 for main applicant and dependants.
Please note, Start-up visa has replaced the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur route in March 2019.
Successful applicants may get up to 2-year leave. Start-up is not a route to settlement. However, Belgians may be eligible to move permanently to UK if they progress from start-up to innovator, which is a route to settlement.
If Belgians intend to do innovative, viable, and scalable business in the UK then can apply for the Innovator visa.
UK Innovator visa fees in Belgium are €1,218 for main applicant and dependants.
Please note, Innovator visa has replaced the Tier 1 Entrepreneur route in March 2019.
To apply for innovator visa UK (aka tier 1 or t1 business visa), Belgians usually need to have an endorsement letter, £50,000 of investment funds, B2 level of IELTS or equivalent for proving English language ability and at least £1,270 for maintenance funds.
The initial duration of innovator visa is 3 years. After 3 years, Belgians on innovator visa route can apply for an ILR i.e. permanent settlement in the UK. Therefore, if Belgian businesspersons or entrepreneurs intend to emigrate (move permanently) to UK from Belgium then Innovator route is a workable option.
Investor visa is for high value Belgians, who intend to make an investment in the UK.
UK Investor Visa fees in Belgium are €1,925.
Global Business Mobility Visa UK from Belgium
Global Business Mobility Visa route consists of several new sponsored categories for businesses to establish presence in the UK, transfer overseas staff, or come to the United Kingdom for a specific business purpose.
The five sub-categories to Global Business Mobility Visa UK are:
- Senior or Specialist Worker
- Graduate Trainee
- UK Expansion Worker
- Service Supplier
- Secondment Worker
Belgians can get the Global Business Mobility visa if the UK employer sponsor the worker to come to the UK for specific job.
The Global Business Mobility visa is points based.
Belgians need to score 40 to 60 points depending on the sub-category of Global Business Mobility Visa UK.
All five sub-categories of Global Business Mobility visa do not lead to settlement (ILR) in the UK. Therefore, Belgian Citizens cannot emigrate (permanently move) to UK from Belgium through Global Business Mobility route.
Senior or Specialist Worker Visa
This route is for senior managers or specialist employees who are assigned to a UK business which is linked by common ownership to the overseas employing company.
Senior or Specialist Worker visa has replaced the Intra-company Transfer route.
Senior or Specialist Worker visa fees in Belgium depends on the duration of application.
If the application is for 3-years or less, then the fees are €735.
If the application is for three years or more then the fee is €1,452.
This route is for workers on a graduate training course which leads to a senior management or specialist position and who are required to undertake work placement in the UK.
Graduate Trainee visa has replaced the Intra-Company Graduate Trainee route.
UK Graduate Trainee visa fees in Belgium are €304.
UK Expansion Worker
Belgians can apply for Expansion Worker visa if they are specialist or senior employees who are assigned for business expansion in the UK.
UK Expansion Worker visa has replaced the Sole Representative of an Overseas Business route. However, the Sole Representative visa will remain open for Media Representatives and those already on Sole Representative visa extending or applying for ILR in the UK.
UK Expansion Worker visa fees from Belgium are €304.
The Service Supplier Visa is for overseas workers coming to the UK to provide a service that is in line with UK trade commitment.
UK Service Supplier visa fees in Belgium are €304.
Service Supplier visa has replaced contractual service providers and independent professional persons in the T5 Temporary Worker – International Agreement route.
The UK Global Business Mobility Secondment Worker Visa is new route.
Secondment Worker route is for those Belgian workers who are seconded to the UK as part of a high value contract or investment by their employer overseas.
Secondment Worker visa fees in Belgium are €304.
High Potential Individual (HPI)
High Potential Individual visa is for Belgian graduates from the top-50 Universities across the world who wish to come to the UK to undertake full-time employment or self-employment work or seek employment opportunities.
The High Potential Individual visa fees in Belgium are €840.
Belgian Citizens having Bachelor’s or Master’s degree will get a 2-year non-extendable High Potential Individual Visa UK. Applicants having a PhD qualification can get a 3-year High Potential Visa.
Belgians need to meet the English language and financial requirements for scoring 70 points. High Potential Individual Visa route does not lead to settlement (indefinite leave to remain – ILR) but Belgian Citizens can switch to other routes if they intend to work, emigrate, or move to UK.
The Scale-up visa is those Belgians who have a sponsored job offer from an authorised UK scale-up company to qualify for a ‘fast-track visa’.
Scale-up Visa UK Fees in Belgium are €840.
Belgian Citizens will initially get a Scale-up Visa for 2-years – the first six months of which they need to work for the sponsor. Afterwards, Belgian Citizens may be eligible to extend the Scaleup visa in the UK for up to 3 years.
Belgian migrants in the UK on a Scale-up visa can apply for settlement (indefinite leave to remain – ILR) after a period of 5 years. Therefore, Belgian Citizens can emigrate (permanently move) to UK from Belgium through Scale-up visa route.
Belgians can apply for Global Talent visa if they are a leader or potential leader in academia or research, arts and culture, and digital technology.
Global Talent visa UK fees in Belgium are as under:
- Approval Letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application €536
- Main Applicant – where Approval Letter is required €196
- Main Applicant – where Approval Letter is not required €732
- Dependants €732
Please note, Global Talent visa has replaced the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route.
Belgians can emigrate (permanently move) to UK from Belgium through Global Talent visa route.
T2 Minister of Religion
The T2 Minister of Religion route is for those Belgian Citizens who intend to undertake preaching and pastoral work, Missionary, or Member of a Religious Order in the UK.
The T2 Minister of Religion visa fees in Belgium are €735.
The T2 Sportsperson route is for an elite Belgian sportsperson or coach whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of sport at the highest level in the UK.
T2 Sportsperson visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS).
If the COS is up to 12 months, then application charges are €304.
if the COS is for more than 12 months then application cost is €735.
T5 (Temporary Worker)
T5 (Temporary Worker) visa is for:
- Seasonal Worker
- Religious Worker
- Charity Worker
- Creative and Sporting Worker
- Government Authorised Exchange Worker
- Youth Mobility Scheme.
The T5 (Temporary Worker) visa fees in Belgium are €304 for main applicant and dependants.
How to Apply for UK Visitor Visa from Belgium?
After Brexit, Belgian Citizens do not need a visa for visiting the UK for up to six months. However, visa nationals such as Indians, Pakistanis, South Africans etc. living, working, or studying in Belgium need to apply for tourist visa if they intend to visit the UK for short holidays.
The visa application process starts with the purpose of visiting the UK and ends with passport collection.
Purpose of Visiting the UK from Belgium
The first step is to specify the purpose of visiting the UK and start gathering supporting documents.
Belgians can travel to the UK for holidays, short term study, limited business activities or family visits.
Belgians visiting the UK can do following permitted activities:
- Tourism and leisure
- Private medical treatment
- Permitted Business Activities such as attending conference, seminar, meetings etc.
- Conversion of a civil partnership into a marriage
- Short Term Study
- Participation in an exchange program
- Educational visit
Can Belgians Work on Visiting Visa in the UK?
Belgians visiting the UK are not allowed to do work.
Belgians travelling on a visitor visa needs to abide the conditions of stay in the UK.
If the Home Office finds a visiting Belgians breaching their conditions of stay, then may cancel the visitor visa with a re-entry ban.
Immigration App or Online Application Form
Belgian nationals who need to apply for a visitor visa should be able to complete their entire application online using the Immigration App to verify their identity. Accordingly, Belgian Citizens may not need to go to Visa Application Centre (VAC).
Alternatively, Belgian Citizens can apply online and no paper application form is required.
Belgians can read questions in languages other than English but can only fill the online visa application form in English.
After selecting a language for reading the questions, applicants need to select Belgium as the country of application if an applicant is applying from inside Belgium.
If a Belgian passport holder is applying from some other country, then needs to select that country. And need to provide the details of the permission to reside in that country.
After reviewing and finalising the online application, Belgians can select the service type (standard or priority) and schedule an appointment at UKVACs in Belgium.
Required Documents UK Visit Visa from Belgium
Belgians need to upload/submit the required supporting documents for UK visit visa such as:
- Print out of the UK visa online application form
- Current valid Belgian passport
- Previous Belgian passport, if applicable
- Translation of documents, which are not in English/Welsh
- Invitation letter, if applicable
- A UK address for staying during the visit
- Residential address in Belgium
- Telephone or mobile number
- Marriage certificate, if applicable
- Family certificate, if applicable
- Business/Employer details
- Tax registration certificate
- Tax returns
- Bank statements
- Salary slips (for employed persons)
- Conveyance/Mortgage Deed or Rental Agreement of the address in Belgium
- Evidence of assets
Please note, this is not an exhaustive checklist of UK visit visa supporting documents from Belgium, as the actual supporting documents may differ due to the personal circumstances of an applicant.
Belgians can provide UK sponsor’s supporting documents for visit visa application.
If Belgians provide false or forged supporting documents, then may get a 10 Year Deception Ban under General Grounds for UK visa refusal.
Identity Verification (Biometrics) UK Visa from Belgium
If Belgian Citizens have used the Immigration App to verify their identity, then they do not need to book an appointment at the UKVAC.
If Belgian Citizens have used the online application form, then for biometrics and application submission, they need to book an appointment at UK Visa Application Centre (UKVAC).
Staff of the application centre takes electronic photograph and biometrics (scanning of fingers + thumbs).
If the application is successful British HC or Embassy uses the electronic photograph taken at UKVAC for visa vignette.
Visit Visa UK Waiting Time in Belgium 2023
The UK visa processing time from Belgium for all the short and long-term visitor visa application is usually within 10-15 working days i.e. 2 to 3 weeks.
Priority visitor visa processing time from Belgium is normally within 5-7 working days.
At times tourist visa processing time for Belgians may escalate up-to 12 weeks due to documents verification, interview, administrative bottlenecks etc.
UKVI Decision Email for Belgians
If Belgian Citizens have visited application centre to prove their identity, then processing time starts from the appointment day, when they provide their biometrics (fingerprints and a photograph).
If Belgian Citizens have used the UK Immigration: ID Check app to prove their identity, then processing time starts from the working day after they have finished uploading their documents.
The UK visa processing time ends when Belgians receive email from UKVI.
UKVI’s decision email usually states that visa application has been processed and the application centre will inform the applicant when passport is ready from collection.
Once the UKVI makes the decision on the application then the UKVAC will inform the applicant for passport collection.
If application remains unresolved even after 12 weeks or sixty working days, then applicants may need to contact UKVI.
How to Track UK Visa Application in Belgium?
A few years ago, Belgians were able to track UK visa application after biometrics. However, now it is not possible to track UK visa application after biometrics from Belgium.
If for any reason Belgians intend to know the application status, then can contact UKVI by phone or email:
Telephone: +44 (0)300 790 6268 – select option 1 – If you cannot contact UK 0300 numbers, use +44 (0) 203 875 4669.
Monday to Friday, 24 hours
Calls cost US$1 per minute on top of your standard network charges.
Email enquiries cost US$4. You will not be charged for any follow-up emails about the same enquiry.
Please note, Belgians may contact UKVI for:
- general queries about applying for a visa to come to the UK
- questions about the progress of their UK visa application from Belgium
- technical problems with their UK visa application
- a mistake in their online application
- problems logging into their account or with their password
- problems with making a payment to UKVI online or pending payments
However, UKVI contact centre staff cannot give advice to Belgians about their personal circumstances
What Belgians can do if UK Visit Visa is Refused?
Belgians can either reapply or file Judicial Review after UK visitor or tourist visa rejection.
There is no right of appeal or administrative review against UK visitor visa denial.
If Belgians have applied for UK visa on human rights grounds, then can file appeal after refusal.
Please note, common reasons for visitor or tourist visa refusal for Belgians includes but not limited to doubtful intentions and large unexplained transactions in the bank statement.