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Immigrate to Belgium from Russia

Immigrate to Belgium from Russia

Russian citizens who wish to immigrate to Belgium from Russia need to apply for and obtain a temporary residence permit for long-term purposes.

The long-stay, for more than 90 days, is applied for at the Belgian Embassy in Moscow and can be issued for purposes such as employment, study, entrepreneurship or family reunification.

Presently, the agreement on the facilitation of short-stay visa issuance between the Russian Federation and the European Community is suspended.

For those who wish to enter Belgium from Russia, our team of Belgium immigration agents can provide essential information on the current conditions.

If you are already in Belgium and wish to finalize the process to immigrate to Belgium from Russia, our team can answer your questions.

Important information for Russian citizens entering Belgium

Any Russian citizen who wishes to enter Belgium needs to apply for a visa at the Belgian Embassy in Moscow.

Starting with February 2022, Russian diplomats, officials or business people are no longer able to benefit from visa application facilitation under the Agreement of 17 May 2007 between the European Community and the Russian Federation.

Russian citizens who had already arrived in Belgium prior to February 2022 and cannot return to their country can apply for an authorization to extend their stay in the country until they have the opportunity to do so.

If you are a Russian citizen and wish to immigrate to Belgium from Russia, our team can provide detailed information.

Russian nationals who apply for international protection in Belgium benefit from the same treatment as other asylum seekers.

Our Belgian immigration lawyers can provide additional information about the applicable laws.

How to immigrate to Belgium from Russia

Russian citizens who wish to relocate to Belgium from Russia can apply for a long-term visa that will suit their purpose of stay.

The national long-stay visa, or the D visa, is issued for:

  • Work: for those who have obtained employment with a Belgian employer; included here are also highly qualified employees;
  • Traineeships: for Russian nationals admitted to a traineeship in Belgium or for a working holiday programme;
  • Study: for Russian students admitted to a recognized, higher education Belgian institution;
  • Other reasons: for spousal family reunification or reuniting with other family members already lawfully residing in Belgium.

Other reasons can also include residency by investment. Our team can give you more details.

Russian citizens who move to Belgium from Russia and have obtained a D visa are asked to report to the municipal administration in their area of residence within 8 days of arrival in the country.

Once they are registered in the foreign nationals register, they receive a residence permit.

The new fees for long-term stay applications in Belgium are the following:

  • €181: residence permit as a family member of a foreign national authorised to stay in Belgium for more than 3 months after obtaining long-term resident status in another Member State of the European Union;
  • €168: authorisation to stay after obtaining long-term resident status in another Member State of the European Union;
  • €208: residence permit as a student, after being accepted at a higher education institution in the country;
  • €126: application for a work permit allowing highly qualified employment in Belgium, a regular work permit, a seasonal work permit or as an intercorporate transferee.

Proof of full fee payment is provided when submitting the application for the relevant residence permit.

Fee refunds are acceptable in some cases (when the fee was paid by mistake, only in some cases).

Russian nationals who have been living in the country uninterruptedly for at least 5 years can choose to apply for Belgian citizenship, provided that they also have satisfactory knowledge of one of the three national languages. In addition to these main conditions, the applicant will also need to have a valid residence permit at the time of the application, as well as provide other documents.

Our team of experts offers complete assistance during the application process for a residence permit for Belgium. If you would like to know more about the steps required in your case (according to the purpose of your stay), please do not hesitate to contact us. We also provide information about the post-arrival steps, including registrations with the local authorities, according to the place of residence.

Contact us if you wish to immigrate to Belgium from Russia and need additional information about the application process.