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Student Visa Processing time


I applied for Belgian long term student visa in 2nd week of December 2017. Initially, there was nothing until January 23 2018. At this time immigration office started processing my application. Now it's been more than 2 months and it's still in process.
So my question is normally how long does it take to process this kind of visa?


Look here the usful information (sorry only in Dutch or French): - you better get directly in contact with Foreigners Office here in Belgium (phone + 32 2 793 80 00) or mail ( if the embassy does not provide clear answer.
Good luck,

Feb 15, 2018 16:46

Hey D,
Thank you for you reply,
Yeah, got in touch with embassy but they weren't helpful as they did bother to reply. Then I contacted the immigration office by email they were quick to respond but told "you application is in process I can in touch with them if I don't get decision by end of February". That means I have to wait till 1st march to write them again and my patience is wearing of as its been 2months plus. My plan to start my course is getting late and late. So I came to this forum if someone had similar experience or know how their system works.

Feb 16, 2018 08:05

I totally understand your worries but from what I heard and know - opening Belgian national visa is not easy and you need to have patience, sometimes process indeed lasts months.
One thing you could do is to ask someone form the University to call the MIA and ask nicely that you need to start studies asap, this might help.

Feb 19, 2018 15:42

Hey D,

Thank you for your help. I'll write an email to my university. Will update here what is the outcome.

Feb 20, 2018 07:29

Contacted university, they told, can't intervene before 3 months. So I wrote to immigration office as they told me that I can contact after end of February. Waiting for their response.
Let's see.

Mar 1, 2018 09:58

Contacted immigration office, they told, " they are taking 1.5 months to make decision from the date they start processing visa application". But this 1.5 months already passed. So finally, contacted university again and they forwarded request to specific department(student immigration) waiting for their response. also asked a prof. for help but he couldn't. Let's see what student immigration office says. Hopefully, it's a positive news.

Mar 14, 2018 19:06