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Residence permit

You are an international student who wants to study at AP? Great news! Bear in mind however that you need to apply for a residence permit. You need to follow a different procedure, depending on your country of residence.

Residence permit

International students who are staying in Belgium for more than three months, have to apply for a residence permit. If you don’t live in Antwerp you have to contact the local offices.

If you are staying for less than three months in Belgium and you are staying in a hotel/hostel/B&B you don’t need to present yourself to the local government office. If you are not staying in a hotel/hostel/B&B you do have to report your stay of less than 3 months.

For students who live in Antwerp or the districts of Antwerp, there is a cooperation between AP and the Immigration office of Antwerp. You have to follow one of the four procedures:

  • Students form a neighbouring country (France, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg)
  • Students from a EU/EEA country
  • Students from a non-EU/non-EEA country
  • Stay of less than three months
     

    From a neighbouring country?

    Application

    This procedure can be followed by students who officially reside in one of the neighbouring countries of Belgium and who are staying in Antwerp on a temporary basis. If you want to be registered as a resident in Belgium you have to follow the procedure for students from a EU/EER country.

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport
    • A copy of your study certificate issued by AP

    Submit these documents at the student office of your campus. The student office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student office will make an appointment for you at student organisation STAN. At this appointment you will present your passport or ID card and one passport size picture. You will receive a document ‘bijlage 33’ (annex 33), which isvalid until the end the current academic year.

    Extension

    To extend your ‘bijlage 33’, you fill in an information sheet for extension. You submit this document together with a copy of your study certificate for the new academic year at the student office of your campus. When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student office make aan appointment for you at STAN. At this appointment you will present you old 'bijlage 33' and a passport size picture. You will receive a new document ‘bijlage 33’.

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a resident of Antwerp. You can do this online on this website.
     

    From an EU/EEA country?

    Application

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport
    • A copy of your study certificate issued by AP
    • A copy of the rental agreement for your accomodation in Antwerp
    • A proof of health insurance (copy of the European Health Insurance card)
    • A proof or declaration of sufficient financial means
      • Proof of subsidy, scholarship, financial guarantee
      • Declaration of honour indicating that you have sufficient financial means
      • A pledge of financial support (bijlage/annex 32)
      • Proof of own financing by means of a bank statement

    Submit these documents at the student office of your campus. The student office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure. 

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student office will make an appointment for you at student organisation STAN. At this appointment you will present your password or ID-card and one passport size picture. You will receive a temporary document called ‘Bijlage 8ter’ (annex 8ter). This document is proof of your application for registration as a resident of Antwerp.

    In the next four weeks the police will control your residence. If the local agent determines that you actually live at the specified address, he will send a confirmation to the Immigration Office. Next you can ask the student office of your campus to make a new appointment for you at STAN. At this appointment you present your ID-card or passport and aassport size picture. You will receive a new document ‘Bijlage 8ter’ (annex 8ter), and start the application procedure for your electronic residence card (eVK EU) during this appointment (valid for 5 years). This will cost 21,3 euro or 124,6 euro for the urgent procedure.

    On your third appointment, you will receive your electronic residence card. This card is valid for 5 years. Bring your passport or ID-card, your PIN and PUK codes and the document 'Bijlage 8ter', that you've received earlier.

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a resident of Antwerp. You can do this online on this website.
     

    Not from an EU/EEA country?

    Application

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport
    • A copy of your study certificate issued by AP
    • A copy of the rental agreement for your accomodation in Antwerp
    • A copy of your visa
      • If you are holder of a B6 visa: proof of scholarship
      • If you are holder of a B7 visa: certification of student exchange
    • When you don’t have a D-visum, you also need to submit the following documents:
      • a medical certificate
      • a proof of sufficient financial means (annex 32/proof of scholarship/blocked account)
      • a proof of a valid public or private health insurance for Belgium; a certificate of insurability (verklaring van lidmaatschap) of a Belgian health insurance provider
      • a proof of payment (if you don’t have a scholarship)
      • a proof of good behaviour and morals (if you’re older than 21 years).

    Submit these documents at the student office of your campus. The student office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure. 

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student office will receive a document ‘bijlage 15’ (annex 15). This document is a temporary proof of your registration as a resident of Antwerp.

    In the next four weeks the police will control your residence. If the local agent determines that you actually live at the specified address, he will send a confirmation to the Immigration Office. Next you can ask the student office at your campus to make an appointment for you at the student organisation STAN to collect your residence document. At this appointment you present your passport and a passport size picture. You also pay for the electronic residence card (21,8 euro or 124,6 euro for the urgent procedure).

    On your next appointment, you will receive your electronic residence card (eVK A). Bring your passport or ID-card, your PIN and PUK codes and the document 'bijlage 15', that you've received earlier.

    Extension

    The following documents are required for an information sheet for extension:

    • A completed, signed information sheet for extension
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport
    • A copy of your study certificate issued by AP Hogeschool
    • A proof of sufficient financial means (e.g. a proof of scholarship, legalised proof of sponsorship (annex 32), proof of solvency)
    • Proof of a valid public or private health insurance for Belgium; a certificate of insurability (verklaring van lidmaatschap) of a Belgian health insurance provider
    • Exam results for the past academic year (individual report)
    • Your study results of last academic year. This document will be completed by the student administration.

    Submit these documents at the student office of your campus. The student office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    Your application has to be submitted at the Antwerp Immigration Office at least 15 days before the expiry date of the current residence card. Preferably you submit the application 2 months before the expiry date. A late application will automatically be declared inadmissible by the immigration services. A document of inadmissibility – annex 29 – will be sent to you by registered mail.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student office will make an appointment for you at STAN. At this appointment you will present your passport or ID-card and 1 passport size picture. You will have to pay for the extension of your card. 

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a residence of Antwerp. You can do this online on this website.
     

    Less than three months

    This procedure can be followed by students who are staying in Belgium for less than 3 months and who do not stay in a hotel, hostel or B&B.

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport
    • A copy of your study certificate issued by AP (Erasmus study certificate)

    Submit these documents at the student office of your campus. The student office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student office will make an appointment for you at student organisation STAN. At this appointment you will present your passport or ID card and one passport size picture (only for non-EU students). You will receive a document ‘declaration of arrival’ (‘annex 3’ for non-EU students) or a ‘declaration of presence’ (‘annex 3ter’ for EU students).

Contact information

Department Contact E-mail
Science and Technology Reception desk onthaal.kro@ap.be
Management and Communication Iris Van Laer iris.vanlaer@ap.be
Health and Social Care Student administration studentenadministratie.gw@ap.be
Education and Training Student administration studentenadministratie.ot@ap.be
Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp Faby Van Grimberge
Karine Rotsaert (only Fashion students)
faby.vangrimberge@ap.be
karine.rotsaert@ap.be
Royal Conservatoir Antwerpen Reception desk conservatorium@ap.be