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Incoming international students


Upon Arrival

Incoming international students

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RESIDENCE PERMIT

You must register yourself at the Population Department of your place of residence within eight days of your arrival.

If you will be staying in Belgium for less than 3 months

If you stay in Belgium for less than three months, you do not need a residence permit. If you are not staying in a hotel, youth hostel or pension, you must register yourself at the Population Department ( Immigration Department) at your place of residence:

  • EU citizens must apply for a declaration of presence (annex 3)
  • Non-EU citizens must apply for a declaration of arrival (annex 3). The date of departure is mentioned on the declaration of arrival. This is the date when you have to leave Belgium.

In case you will stay longer than 3 months in Belgium

All foreign students, including those living in the EU, have to register themselves at the service foreign affairs in case they stay longer than 3 months in Belgium.

Students have to submit an application at the local authority of their place of residency. This has to be done within 8 days after their arrival. In this way both a registration in the immigration register and a residence permit can be applied for.

Population Department of the municipality Diepenbeek

Population Department of the city Hasselt