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Implementation of visa biometrics

Since 2013, all applicants for a Schengen visa in the Philippines will need to personally present themselves in order to have their biometric date registered.

Visa applications will be processed faster thanks to the use of biometrics (finger prints and a digital photograph). It will allow visa holders to be identified faster and this way identity theft can be countered.

The procedure to take fingerprints is easy, quick and discrete. The applicant will only have to place his or her fingers on the digital scanner. If he or she wants to reapply for a visa within five years, new finger printing will not be required: the previous data stored in the Visa Information System (VIS) will be re-used. After five years the finger print data will be deleted.

When a visa holder arrives at the border, Schengen border control officers will use the VIS to check the identity and verify if the visa is genuine. Quick, easy and reliable biometric checks will help to prevent visa fraud. Honest applicants, the clear majority, will therefore be able to go through a faster procedure.

For more detailed information, we kindly refer you to the European Commission website.  

 

  1. Where, when and how can you submit a visa application?
  2. How much is the visa fee?
  3. Which visa? Required documents
  4. Legalisation of document, accredited translators, certified doctors, insurance companies
  5. Checking the status of your visa application
  6. Contact

 

1. Where, when and how can you submit a visa application?

Before applying, please ensure Belgium is your main destination and that you are very clear on your purpose of travel. Read carefully our chapter on WHICH VISA.

You will first fill in your electronic application form on this official website (here).

Once you have printed and signed this form and gathered the documents in support of your application, you will make an appointment with Belgian Visa Application Center in Manila. For this, please follow the instructions given on the website of VFS (here).

The last step is to lodge personally the visa application at the Belgian VAC and eventually come for an interview at the Embassy. Mandatory interviews for visas of cohabitation / in view of marriage and family reunion will generally take place on the day after the submission of the file. For other visas where an interview is eventually required, applicants will be informed by VFS of a possible date.

Holders of diplomatic passport and citizens of Papua New Guinea can submit their visa applications directly at the Embassy. Appointments can only be made via e-mail: Manila.Visa@diplobel.fed.be

 

2. How much is the visa fee?

The visa fee for a short-term stay (visa C) is 60 euro. For a long-term stay (visa D), the visa fee is 180 euro.

The visa fee is paid in pesos as per the exchange rate communicated by the Embassy of Belgium in Manila. The same is subject to change without notice. The visa fee is non-refundable.

An additional contribution to be paid in Belgium is required for the processing of some 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.

For amounts and rates, kindly refer yourself to the updated Consular Taxes on the right of our website.

Applicants submitting their files at the Belgian VAC shall be levied service fees from VFS payable together with the visa fees. Applicants that are exempt from the visa fees are not exempt from paying this service fees.

 

3. Required documents

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. Click here for information in French, and here for information in Dutch.

For personalised information in English, click here below:

  1. SHORT STAY
  1. LONG STAY
  1. DIRECTIVE 2004/38/EC

Please note that the Embassy may always request additional documents during the examination of an application which are not mentioned in the above lists. You are hereby informed that submitting the above-mentioned documents does not guarantee automatic issuance of a visa.

 

4. Legalisation of document, accredited translators, certified doctors, insurance companies

For general information on legalisation of documents, click here.

For general information on accredited translators of the Belgian Embassy, click here.

For general information on medical certificates and list of accredited clinics of the Embassy of Belgium, click here.

For general information on accredited Schengen Travel Insurances Companies, click here.

 

5. Checking the status of your visa application 

The Embassy must sometimes submit your visa application to the Immigration Office of the Federal Public Service Home Affairs for further 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 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:

By telephone: + 32 2 793 80 00 
Email: infodesk@ibz.fgov.be (link sends e-mail)
By fax: + 32 2 274 66 91

Using this number, you can also check the status of your visa application on the Immigration Office website (link is external).

You can also track your visa application on the Belgian website of VFS (click here (link is external)).

You will anyway be informed once a decision has been taken regarding your visa application.

 

6. Contact

Should you still have questions on visa procedures after reading carefully this entire website, please contact us:

Should you need information or details on your visa application, you may contact VFS: