Embassy of Belgium in Beijing processes Belgium Schengen Visa applications and Belgium Residence Permit applications.
Belgium at a glance
Belgium is a western European country spanning over an area of 30, 688 kilometers square. Belgium boasts a population of 11.38 million.
The country is known for Renaissance architecture, medieval towns and as headquarters of the European Union and NATO. The country has distinctive regions including Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north, French-speaking Wallonia to the south and a German-speaking community to the east.
Though the country might be tiny in size, this does not employ that country is any sort of tourist destinations. As a matter of fact, the country is full of sights ranging from 14th-century guildhalls neighboring Grote Markt and large and opulent edifices. The capital of Brussels is also famous for 20th century Art Nouveau townhouses of Victor Horta.
Likewise, Bruges remains a popular tourist destination as the streets of the city remain impeccably-preserved and rimming tranquil canals. A myriad of other towns including Mechelen and Ghent also retain the soul medieval and gothic architecture. The country also holds immense importance in European history as it was in Belgium where Napoleon –The Great found his mismatched who ended his unparalleled legacy. Likewise, during World Wars, Belgium found itself thrust into the frontline.
Hence, it is proven that Belgium is blessed with a great part of European heritage within a bite-sized place of land.
Belgium is also part of the Schengen Area.
Jurisdiction of Embassy of Belgium in Beijing
The Embassy of Belgium in Beijing covers the following areas:
Chongqing, Gansu, Guizhou, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi, Jilin, Liaoning, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shanxi, Shandong, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Tibet, and Xinjiang.
Visa Application Process at the Embassy of Belgium in Beijing
Following is your absolute visa guide to applying for Belgium Schengen Visa at Embassy of Belgium in China:
Step 1: The Official Version
At the onset, you will visit the official website of the Embassy of Belgium in Beijing. The digital visit is aimed at getting an updated acquaintance with the ever-evolving visa rules and procedures.
Step 2: Make Appointment
Like all other Schengen countries, it is mandatory for the itinerant to make an appointment with the Embassy of Belgium in Beijing. For the time being this service is only available for the Embassy in Beijing.
Also, appointments must be made at least one day in advance. Use your credentials to log in.
Step 3: Gather Visa Docs
Now start the most important part of your Belgium Schengen Visa application process i-e to collect visa documents.
Application form for Belgium Schengen Visa application: Application form for the Schengen Visa application form can be filled online or after downloading it. Fill it with utmost honesty and avoid discrepancies. Also, the information provided in the application form must match with the information provided in other visa documents including flight itinerary for visa application, travel health insurance for visa application, hotel bookings for visa application, cover letter for visa application, sponsorship letter for visa application, means of subsistence, bank statement and NOC for visa application.
Flight reservation for Belgium Schengen Visa Application: A flight reservation for Belgium Schengen Visa application entails details about the proposed departure and arrival routes, IATA codes, PNR codes also known as reservation code and necessary personal details.
For a Schengen Visa application, it is strongly recommended to attach a roundtrip flight reservation with your visa application. A roundtrip flight reservation ensures the staffer at the Embassy of Belgium in Beijing that itinerant has no intention whatsoever to protract his stay in the Schengen Area nor he wants to stay illegally in the host nation.
Travel Health Insurance for Visa Application: A travel health insurance for Belgium Schengen Visa Application is aimed at providing financial medical coverage to the itinerant during his/her course of stay in the Belgian territory.
The medical insurance must hold validity in the whole Schengen Area. Also, the availed coverage must not fall from the USD 50,000 or EUR 30,000 threshold. Besides providing medical coverage, the insurance must also cover the cost of repatriation.
Hotel Bookings for visa application: A hotel bookings for visa application is a mandatory document stating that the itinerant has made advance arrangements of lodging in the host nation.
Cover Letter for visa application: A cover letter for visa application precisely explains the purpose of visiting the host nation to the visa officer.
Proof of solvency of applicant: This includes a bank statement from the last three to six months, with A4 photocopies or printouts, no deposits.
- For retired persons: Proof of pension or another source of income.
- For minors: Consent letter signed by parents.
Means of subsistence: As per Belgium Immigration Office, The amount stands at 95 euros/day if the foreigner, seeking entry in France, displays proof of prepaid accommodation. It plummets to 45 euros per day if the applicant is going to stay in cheaper hotels.
Biometric Data Submission: From the 1st of July 2019, you must pay the Embassy/Consulate fee online before going to VFS to have your biometrics taken and/or submit your application for a residence permit.
The itinerant (residing in China) will pay the fee. After you have paid the fee online, you must print the payment confirmation and bring it with you to VFS along with any other required documents.
No Objection Certificate: A No Objection Certificate (NOC) explains that itinerant’s educational institute (college/university/school) or employer has granted permission to the applicant.
Step 4: Appear for Interview
In the last phase of the visa application process, the itinerant will appear for an interview at the Embassy of Belgium in Beijing.
You must arrive at the Embassy at least 30 minutes prior along with the computer-generated appointment receipt. Otherwise, the itinerant won’t be allowed to enter the embassy and he/she will have to rebook the appointment.
Step 5: Track Your Application
The itinerant enjoys the luxury of tracking his/her application through a unique code. If approved, a visa along with the passport can be collected either by appearing in a personal capacity or by post.