UK Visa Fees and Requirements from Belgium
Do Belgian Citizens Need Visa for Visiting the UK?
No. After the end of the Free Movement, Belgians and other EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in Belgium do not need a visa for visiting the UK for up to six months. Accordingly, Belgians can travel to the UK without applying for a visa for holidays, short term study, limited business activities or family visits.
Please note, Belgians can seek permission to enter the UK as a visitor on arrival at port or use the e-gates. Belgians visiting the UK can undertake permitted activities such as:
- Tourism and leisure
- Private medical treatment
- Conversion of a civil partnership into a marriage
- Short Term Study
- Participation in an exchange program
- Educational visit
Please note, the European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of twenty-seven (27) countries. The EU operates an internal (or single) market which allows free movement of goods, capital, services, and people between member states. The following countries are the member of EU:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
The UK remained a member state of the European Union (EU) from 1 January 1973 until 31 January 2020.
When Belgians need to Apply for a UK Visa?
From 1 January 2021, Belgians and other EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens (aside from Irish citizens) living in Belgium needs to apply for a visa for living, working, or studying longer than six months in the UK. Accordingly, Belgians or other EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens (aside from Irish citizens) will need to meet specific requirements of respective settlement, study, and work routes for getting a valid visa before arrival in the UK.
Please note, Belgians or other EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens living in Belgium can check whether they require a UK visa by using the online tool
How to Apply for UK Visa from Belgium?
If a Belgian national or other EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens living in Belgium require a visa then can apply online.
Please note, most of the Belgians or other EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in Belgium 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 or EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in Belgium may not need to go to a Visa Application Centre (VAC), submit their passport or obtain a visa vignette prior to travel.
However, if you intend to go to a UK visa application centre in Belgium then please note the address:
- Brussels Visa Application Centre, Regus Brussels South Station, 5th Floor South Centre Titanium, Place Marcel Broodthaers 8/Box 5, 1060, Brussels
Can Belgians Work in the UK after Brexit?
Yes, Belgians can work in the UK after Brexit (End of Free Movement). However, Belgians cannot legally work in the UK as a visitor. Therefore, after Brexit, Belgians need to have a valid work visa before entering the UK. Since there are several types of work visas such as Innovator, Global Talent, Skilled Work etc. with different conditions of stay in the UK.
How long can Belgians Stay in the UK?
As a visitor Belgians can stay up-to 180 days in the UK. However, if Belgians have a valid work, student or family visa then can stay in the UK in accordance with the valid duration of the visa.
How much is the UK Visa Fees for Belgians?
The UK visa fees in 2021 for Belgians and other EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in Belgium is different for several types of applications. However, in all the instances an applicant needs to pay the UK Embassy visa fees in Belgium online. Therefore, the UK visa fees in Belgium 2021 can be as low as €116 (£95) for 6-month visit or as high as €1,862 (£1,523) for spouse application. Moreover, depending on the visa type, Belgians may also opt for priority service for fast tracking application by paying additional charges.
The Home Office usually revises the application fee only once every year. Therefore, the UK application charges in GBP remains the same during the year. Nevertheless, due to the exchange rate fluctuations, the cost of UK visa from Belgium may vary during the year. Furthermore, the exchange rate @€1/22 to a GBP (£) is used for calculating the price in Euros.
What is the UK Visa Processing Time in Belgium?
The UK visa processing time for non-settlement applications (such as visit, study, work) from Belgium is usually within 3-weeks. However, the UK visa processing time for settlement applications (such as spouse, partner) is mostly within 12-weeks or 60 working days.
*What happens next?
Multilingual qualified London based immigration specialists will get back to you, usually within 2-3 working days. If you have not attached any documents, then the UK based Law firm may ask for the relevant Case-Specific Document(s) such as Refusal Letters, Deportation Orders, Application Forms etc. Moreover, after reviewing the papers and information, the legal advisor may advise a course of action and quote the fees for processing the application.
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UK Standard Visitor Visa Fees in Belgium 2021
Indeed, the UK visa fees in Belgium 2021 for standard 6-months visit, tourist, family, or business visitor is €116 (£95). However, the British High Commission fees in Belgium for the standard 2, 5 and 10 years visa applications are €441 (£361), €801 (£655), and €1,005 (£822), respectively. In fact, the UK visa price for infants under 5 and children under 18 are same as that for adults.
Priority Visitor Visa
The UK priority visa fees in Belgium 2021 is €269 (£220) for fast tracking visitor applications within 5-working days instead of 3-12 weeks. Accordingly, the UK priority visit visa fees for Belgium, EU, EEA, Swiss citizens, and other foreign residents such as Indians, Pakistanis etc. in Belgium for 6-month, 2, 5 and 10-year visitor visa applications are €385 (£315), €710 (£581), €1,070 (£875), and €1,274 (£1,042), respectively.
Super Priority Visitor Visa
Indeed the 24-hour same day UK super priority visa fees in Belgium are €1,169 (£956). Accordingly, the UK visa cost in Belgium 2021 for 6-months, 2, 5, 10 years visitor visa with super-priority service is €1,285 (£1,051), €1,610 (£1,317), €1,970 (£1,611), and €2,174 (£1,778), respectively. Please note, the UK super priority visitor visa service is not available in Belgium.
UK Visit Visa Fees in Belgium 2021/22
|Standard Visitor Visa|
|Visit Visa Fees for 6 months||€116 (£95)|
|2 Year Visit Visa Cost||€441 (£361)|
|5 Year Visit Visa||€801 (£655)|
|10 Year UK Visa Fees||€1,005 (£822)|
|Other Visitor Visas|
|Visiting Academic - more than 6 months but no more than 12 months||€232 (£190)|
|Private Medical Treatment - more than 6 months but not more than 11 months||€232 (£190)|
|Marriage Visitor Visa||€116 (£95)|
|UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa - 30 Days||€116 (£95)|
|Chinese Tour Group (ADS) - 30 Days||€116 (£95)|
|Short Term Student studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months||€227 (£186)|
|Parent of a Student child visa (up to 12 months) (Tier 4 Isle of Man)||€631 (£516)|
|Direct Airside Transit (DATV)||€43 (£35)|
|Visitor in Transit visa||€78 (£64)|
|Visit purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of crew of that ship or aircraft (fee also applicable to the Isle of Man)||€78 (£64)|
UK Student Visa Fees from Belgium 2021
In fact, the UK visa fees from Belgium in 2021 for students intending to study in London or elsewhere in England or Britain is €425 (£348). Moreover, the UK student visa cost from Belgium for student dependants is also €425 (£348). However, the UK student visa price for Belgians in 2021 with priority and super-priority service from Belgium are €694 (£568) and €1,594 (£1,304), respectively. Moreover, UK student visa fees in Belgium for short-term study for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months is €227 (£186).
UK Spouse Visa Fees Belgium 2021
The UK visa fees in Belgium in 2021 are €1,862 (£1,523) for a spouse, civil, unmarried, and same-sex partner settlement applications. Moreover, the UK embassy visa fees in Belgium are same for a fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner. However, the UK priority visa fees in Belgium 2021 are €700 (£573) for fast tracking spouse applications within 30 working days or 6 weeks instead of 12-24 weeks. Accordingly, the UK spouse visa fees from Belgium in 2021 with priority service is €2,562 (£2,096).
UK Family Visa Fees in Belgium 2021/22
|Family visas – partner, parent, proposed civil partner or child||€1,862 (£1,523)|
|Settlement – other dependant relative||€3,973 (£3,250)|
|Adult who needs to be looked after by a relative||€3,973 (£3,250)|
|Settlement - refugee dependant relative||€474 (£388)|
|Former UK Armed Forces||€1,862 (£1,523)|
|Pre 1997 Gurkhas (outside immigration rules)||€1,862 (£1,523)|
|Overage dependant children of pre 1997 Gurkhas||€1,862 (£1,523)|
|HM Forces dependants applying under part 4,5,7 or 8 of Appendix Armed Forces||€1,862 (£1,523)|
|Returning residents||€631 (£516)|
|Family reunion, under Part 11 of Asylum, Immigration Rules (pre-flight dependants)||Free of Charge|
|Post flight- non-Settled person (Family reunion for asylum seekers)||€1,862 (£1,523)|
|Family reunion - other dependent relatives (Family reunion for asylum seekers)||€474 (£388)|
|Family member of an EEA or Swiss national - EEA Family Permit||Free of Charge|
|Family member of an EEA or Swiss national - EUSS Family Permit||Free of Charge|
|Parent / primary carer of an EEA national child||Free of Charge|
New UK Work Visa System for Belgians
From the 1st of January 2021, changes in the immigration rules mean that Belgians, other EEA and Swiss (excluding Irish) nationals require a visa to work in the UK. In Q1 2021, there were 3,589 work-related visa grants to EEA nationals newly seeking to come to the UK. The majority of these were in the ‘Other work visas and exemptions’ and ‘Skilled worker’ categories, comprising 60% and 30% of the total work grants, respectively.
The top EEA nationality granted work visas and permits in Q1 2021 were Polish with 539 grants, making up 15% of the total. French and German nationals were the next highest, comprising 13% and 9% of grants, respectively.
Please note, in March 2019, the Home Office has introduced new work visa categories. The Start-up and Innovator categories introduced on 29 March 2019 and the Global Talent visa was introduced on 20 February 2020. The New Skilled Work visa route has been introduced in 2020.
Accordingly, these new work routes have replaced the following PBS visas:
- Innovator visa has replaced Tier 1 Entrepreneur
- Start-up visa has replaced Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur
- Global Talent has replaced Tier 1 Exceptional Talent
- Skilled Worker has replaced the Tier 2 General
- Intra-company visa has replaced the Tier 2 Intra-company transfer routes
- T2 Sportsperson has replaced the Tier 2 Sportsperson route
- T2 Minister of Religion has replaced the Tier 2 Minister of Religion route
- T5 (Temporary Worker) has replaced the Tier 5 Temporary Worker routes
Moreover, a CESC discount of €67 (£55) is applicable for the main applicant.
High Value Migrants
From July 1, 2021, there will be no increase in the UK visa cost from Belgium for Innovator, Startup, Global Talent and Tier 1 High Value Migrants applications. Moreover, certain High Value Migrants main applicants will continue to avail the CESC discount of US$70 (£55). In Belgium, High Value Migrants can also fast-track applications by paying €269 (£220) for the UK priority visa service.
From July 1, 2021, there will be no increase in the UK visa cost from Belgium for Skilled Worker, Intra-Company Transfer, Minister of Religion and Tier 2 applications. Moreover, the Skilled Worker main applicants will continue to avail the CESC discount of €67 (£55). In Belgium, Skilled Workers can also fast-track applications by paying €269 (£220) for the UK priority visa service.
Please note, the Tier 2 visa application cost in Belgium is also erroneously referred to as Embassy Fees for UK work permit. In fact, the PBS Tier 2 General has replaced the UK work permit route in 2008. However, Skilled Worker Visa has replaced the Tier 2 General route from 2020.
Indeed, the London visa price in Belgium for T5 Temporary Worker main applicant and dependants is €298 (£244) for Charity Worker, Creative and Sporting, Government Authorised Exchange, Religious Worker, Youth Mobility Scheme, and International Agreement. Moreover, the UK embassy visa in Belgium for Tier 5 applications with priority and super-priority service are €567 (£464) and €1,467 (£1,200), respectively.
UK Family Visa Fees in Belgium 2021/22
|Innovator - main applicant and dependants||€1,248 (£1,021)|
|Start-Up - main applicant and dependants||€444 (£363)|
|Global Talent - Stage 2 - entry clearance application - main applicant||€186 (£152)|
|Global Talent - Stage 1 - endorsement application - main applicant||€557 (£456)|
|Global Talent - subsequent applications||€743 (£608)|
|Global Talent - dependants||€743 (£608)|
|Tier 1 High Value Migrants|
|Tier 1 Investor - main applicant and dependants||€1,984 (£1,623)|
|Tier 1 Entrepreneur - main applicant and each dependant||€1,248 (£1,021)|
|Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) - dependants only||€444 (£363)|
|Tier 1 Exceptional talent – dependants only||€743 (£608)|
|Skilled Worker where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less - main applicant and dependants||€746 (£610)|
|Skilled Worker where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years - main applicant and dependants||€1,491 (£1,220)|
|Skilled Worker - Shortage Occupation|
|Skilled Worker, shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less - main applicant and dependants||€567 (£464)|
|Skilled Worker, shortage occupation, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years - main applicant and dependants||€1,134 (£928)|
|Skilled Worker - Health and Care|
|Skilled Worker - Health and Care Visa - where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less - main applicant and dependants||€284 (£232)|
|Skilled Worker - Health and Care Visa - where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years - main applicant and dependants||€567 (£464)|
|Skilled Worker - Shortage Occupation - Health and Care|
|Skilled Worker - Shortage Occupation - Health and Care Visa - where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less - main applicant and dependants||€284 (£232)|
|Skilled Worker - Shortage Occupation - Health and Care Visa - where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years - main applicant and dependants||€567 (£464)|
|Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson and T2 Minister of Religion|
|Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson and T2 Minister of Religion where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less - main applicant and dependants||€746 (£610)|
|Intra-Company Transfer - Graduate Trainee - main applicant and dependants||€589 (£482)|
|Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson & T2 Minister of Religion where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years - main applicant and dependants||€1,491 (£1,220)|
|Points-based system, T5 (also applicable to Isle of Man)|
|Charity Worker, Creative and sporting, Government Authorised Exchange, Religious Worker, Youth Mobility Scheme, and International Agreement||€298 (£244)|
|Other Work Categories|
|Fisherman operating inside UK waters||€631 (£516)|
|Offshore worker||€631 (£516)|
|Overseas domestic worker in a private household||€631 (£516)|
|Representative of overseas business and dependants||€746 (£610)|
|An employee of an overseas newspaper news agency or broadcasting organisation||€746 (£610)|
|Sheep Shearer||€631 (£516)|
|UK ancestry||€631 (£516)|
|Other work categories – Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man|
|Work permit holder - Jersey and Guernsey: applicant and dependants||€746 (£610)|
|Worker - Isle of Man||€746 (£610)|
|Representative of overseas business - Isle of Man||€746 (£610)|
|Worker (Intra-Company Transfer) - Isle of Man||€746 (£610)|
|Diplomatic Posting to the UK||Free of charge|
|Diplomatic Posting to the UK (Dependant)||Free of charge|
|Members of International Organisations on Official Visits||Free of charge|
|Official Transit through the UK||Free of charge|
|Official Visit to the UK||Free of charge|
|Members of armed forces and their families (non-settlement)|
|HM Forces personnel or Member of foreign armed force - exempt from immigration control||Free of charge|
|Dependants of exempt international forces applying under Part 10 of Appendix Armed Forces||€631 (£516)|
The Priority Visa UK Fees in Belgium to fast track non-settlement and settlement (spouse) visa applications are €269 (£220) and €700 (£573), respectively. The 24-hour same-day Super-Priority Visa UK Fees in Belgium is €1,169 (£956).
UK Visa Services Fees in Belgium 2021
|Priority service for settlement applications||€700 (£573)|
|Priority service for non-settlement||€269 (£220)|
|Super Priority Service||€1,169 (£956)|
|International contact centre - via telephone (per minute)||€1 (£0.69)|
|International contact centre - via email (per query)||€3 (£2.74)|
|Registered Traveller (UK only) - adult||€61 (£50)|
|Registered Traveller (UK only) - child||€29 (£24)|
|Registered Traveller (UK only) - registration of new documents||€24 (£20)|
|FCO Strategic performance fund and bilateral projects||Free of charge|
|Single entry visa to replace a biometric residence permit||€188 (£154)|
|Receiving/handling/ forwarding applications on behalf of Commonwealth Countries/Overseas Territories||€172 (£141)|
|Other Visas and Services|
|Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 30 months||€220 (£180)|
|Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 5 years||€306 (£250)|
|User Pays Visa Application Centre (VAC) Fee (also applicable to EC applications to the Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Jersey, and Bailiwick of Gurnsey)||€67 (£55)|
|Right of abode - certificate of entitlement||€474 (£388)|
|Vignette transfer (transfer of a valid visa vignette to a new passport or replace a lost/stolen document)||€188 (£154)|
|Mobile biometrics/callout charge for each hour or part hour including travel time (direct cost)||€174 (£142)|
There is no application fee for:
- Diplomatic Posting to the UK
- Diplomatic Posting to the UK (Dependant)
- Members of International Organisations on Official Visits
- Official Transit through the UK
- Official Visit to the UK