You can introduce a request for a single permit for residence and work through your host institution. The application must be submitted to the department of economic migration of the region where the institution is based: Flanders, Wallonia, Brussels Capital Region or the German-speaking Community.
To apply for a single permit your host institution needs to submit a number of documents, including proof of payment of the administrative fee (see ‘Documents required’). Your application is assessed by the competent regional authority and the federal Immigration Office.
The regional and federal authorities need to take a decision within 60 days.
If the regional authority grants an authorisation to work and the Immigration Office grants an authorisation to stay, you receive a decision to be granted a single permit (annex 46) from the Immigration Office.
If one or both of the authorities fail to take a decision, you receive a certificate to be granted a single permit (annex 47) from the Immigration Office.
If one or both of the authorities reject your application, you receive a decision rejecting your right of residence (annex 48).
D Visa (long-stay visa)
To obtain a D visa to travel to Belgium, you need to present your annex 46 or 47 and international passport and submit a visa application to the Belgian diplomatic or consular post of your place of residence.
The authorities take your fingerprints and a digital photo.