Visa for Belgium
- Where, when and how can you submit your visa application?
- How much is the handling fee (cost for processing your visa application)?
- Required documents
- Checking the status of your visa application
- Schengen representation for visa
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From Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 10.00 to submit new applications.
From Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 12.00 for additional information (picking up visa, additional documents,…).
Every applicant must be physically present when applying.
Holders of official passports (diplomatic or service) and groups (more than 5 persons) are requested to make an appointment to submit their application in the afternoon from Monday through Thursday. Please contact the reception of the embassy between 8h and 12h30 and 14h00 and 17h00 on the following number +250 252 57 55 51/52/53.
The service schedules remain unchanged except for the legalizations that will be made on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Entries from visa additional documents will now be received in closed envelopes with the names and references of the visa file at the 1st entrance hall of the visa office. They will be entered in a register so as to limit the waiting time at the counters.
The handling fee is paid cash, in Rwandan francs at the embassy when submitting the visa application.
The handling fee for a short term stay visa (C) is 51,600 RWF; for a long term stay visa (D) it is 154,800 RWF. The handling fee is not refundable in case of refusal.
From 15/07/2017, the handling fee for a short term stay visa (C) is 54,600 RWF; for a long term stay visa (D) it is 163,800 RWF. The handling fee is not refundable in case of refusal.
An additional contribution is required for the processing of certain visa D applications, in which case you will be requested to submit a proof of payment of this additional contribution as a part of your visa application. If you are unable to do so at the time of the submission of your application, the application will be considered inadmissible.
Please note that the handling fee, is to be paid at the time of the application. In case the applicant is exempt from paying the handling fee, he or she is not automatically exempted from paying the additional contribution. For more information about this, we refer you to the Immigration Office website.
You can complete the on-line visa application form by creating a profile on https://visaonweb.diplomatie.be/ and you will find all conditions on the FPS Home Affairs Immigration Office website, the only competent authority for the admittance, stay, residence and removal of foreigners.
Short stay visa (= max. 90 days)
- Tourism or family visit
- Transit A (with continuity the same day to the final destination in both directions)
- Business or service mission
- Medical reasons
- Family reunion Art 40 bis (with spouse/parent national of a member state of EEC with residence in Belgium)
Biometry - Visa Information System
All Schengen visa applicants must appear in person, except for children younger than 12, to have their 10 fingerprints and their photograph registered. These data are stored for 5 years in the VIS. The fingerprint registration procedure only takes a few minutes and identifies you with certainty as the sole licensee of the visa. It protects you against falsification or abuse of your identity (for instance, if your passport is stolen) and optimizes the border crossing. For more extensive information, we refer you to the European Union website.
Long stay visa (= more than 90 days)
See Immigration Office.
The registration of biometric data (fingerprints and photo) is compulsory for all student visa applications.
There are 2 categories of students that are exempt from the registration of biometric data:
- Students with a Scholarship from the Belgian state
- Students that participate in an exchange programme or that avail of inter-university mobility.
Belgian embassies and consulates general must submit certain visa applications to the Immigration Office of the Federal Public Service Home Affairs for a final decision. It is the only competent authority with regards to the admittance, stay, residence and removal of foreigners from Belgian territory.
In such a case, your file number will be communicated to you by the embassy or consulate general upon the submission of your file to the Immigration Office. From this stage onwards, the Immigration Office is the only authority to contact, if you wish to know the status of your application.
With the file number you can inquire about the status of your application (Antwerpsesteenweg 59B, 1000 Brussels, T: +32.2.793.80.00, email@example.com). Using this number, you can also check the status of your visa application on the Immigration Office website.
Once a decision has been taken, the Belgian Embassy or Consulate general will inform you personally.
Belgium represents 19 countries for handling short stay visa applications (max. 90 days) in Kigali: Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
We accept visa applications from people from DRC if they have their main residence in the Kivu and if their main destination is Belgium, France, Holland, Luxembourg or Sweden. For other destinations and residents outside of Kivu, please contact the relevant Embassy in Kinshasa.
For Switzerland, the Embassy only accept applications from Rwandan nationals. For other nationalities, Swiss Embassy is still relevant.
Belgium represents Luxembourg in Kigali for handling long stay visa applications (more than 90 days).
Should you still have questions, please contact us via email Kigali@diplobel.fed.be or by telephone on +250 252 57 55 51/52/53 from Monday through Thursday between 14h00 and 17h00 and on Friday between 12h00 and 13h00. Please mention your visa application number in the email or on the phone.