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Where and how to apply
To be able to apply for a long stay visa as a researcher, you must first sign a hosting agreement with an approved research organisation in Belgium. More information on the conditions for the hosting agreement, can be found here.
A researcher coming to Belgium in the framework of such an agreement is exempt from the work permit requirement.
Visa and residence permit
You must submit your application to the embassy or consulate in your country of origin or residence. Your request can be referred for clearance to the Immigration Office of the Interior Federal Public Service, which takes the final decision.
Duration of validity of permit