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Belgium

Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

As of April 11, 2022, Belgium has announced plans to reopen its embassy in Kyiv. At present, it is unclear when visa processing will resume in Ukraine.

Any special considerations

N/A

If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

Ukrainian citizens who wish to come to Belgium for a longer period of time, for example to work or for family reunification, should normally obtain a D visa (national long-stay visa) before traveling. As the Belgian Embassy’s counters in Kiev are closed, it is possible to apply for this visa at the Belgian Consulate General in Warsaw (Poland). For Ukrainian citizens who have left Ukraine and are already in the Schengen area, it is possible to apply for a residence permit directly at the municipal administration of their place residence in Belgium. The conditions for granting this residence permit (studies, work, family reunion) are maintained, but if the applicant cannot present the usual official documents, the Immigration Office will look for alternatives with him/her. Ukrainian citizens who have left Ukraine and are in a country that is not part of the Schengen area can contact the Belgian embassy or consulate responsible for that country.

Non-Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

As of April 11, 2022, Belgium has announced plans to reopen its embassy in Kyiv. At present, it is unclear when visa processing will resume in Ukraine.

Any special considerations

N/A.

If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

N/A

Ukraine nationals in Destination Country

Options

Belgium’s Immigration Office will examine the residence applications of these people with great care. Therefore, Ukrainians in Belgium should not worry if their residence permit expires in the next few weeks. However, they are advised to go immediately to the municipal administration of their place of residence to declare their arrival and/or to request the authorisation to extend their stay in Belgium.

Other considerations

Belgium’s Immigration Office advises Ukrainian citizens not to apply for asylum in Belgium for the time being (application for international protection), but to wait for the temporary protection status to be approved by the European Union. In the meantime, the Immigration Office recommends Ukrainian citizens to stay as long as possible with their family and friends present in Belgium. For those who do not have a place to sleep, crisis accommodation is available. Ukrainian citizens who are legally residing in Belgium for a limited period of time and no longer meet the requirements for renewal of their residence card (card A) can obtain an extension of their authorized stay (end date of stay + 90 days), with a possibility of extension up to a maximum of 180 days. According to authorities in Flanders, Ukraine seasonal workers currently living and working in Belgium with a work permit valid for max 90 days will be able to extend this work permit, even when they will stay in Belgium for longer than 90 days in total. However, the validity of the ‘picking card’ (plukkaart) has to be considered. A prolongation of the validity period of the picking card (plukkaart) is currently under discussion.

As of March 2, 2022, Ukrainian nationals are being offered temporary protection that will start immediately, across the EU, and last for one year. If the situation persists, this period will be automatically extended twice by six monthly periods for up to one year. This temporary protection means; 1. Residency Rights, 2. Access to the labor market subject to Member States’ labor market policies, 3. Access to housing, 4. Social Welfare, 5. Medical or other assistance, and 6. Unaccompanied children and teenagers are entitled to legal guardianship and access to education.

Links to latest Government information

https://ukraine.diplomatie.belgium.be/en

https://dofi.ibz.be/en/themes/ukraine

EUR-Lex – 52022PC0091 – EN – EUR-Lex (europa.eu)