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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.

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) and the UK
  • Students from a EU/EEA country
  • Students from a non-EU/non-EEA country
  • Stay of 1 semester for EU/EEA countries

We offer the possibility to schedule a personal appointment with our Student Center. This appointment is meant to address complex elements in your application. Would you like to book a personal appointment? Click here to go to the appointment scheduler for Residence permit

Please add (BS) to the subject line of every mail communication to studentadministration@ap.be regarding your residence permit.

    From a neighbouring country?

    Application

    This procedure can be followed by students who officially reside in one of the neighbouring countries of Belgium and the UK 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/EEA country and the procedure NON-EU/EEA country for UK students.

    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
    • Passport picture

    Submit these documents to the Student Center by mail to studentadministration@ap.be, which 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 Center 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 is valid until the end the current academic year.

    Please send a copy of the ‘bijlage 33’ to studentadministration@ap.be

    Extension

    To extend your ‘bijlage 33’, you fill in an information sheet for extension and send us a possport picture. You submit this document to the Student Center via studentadministration@ap.be. When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the Student Center will make an appointment for you at STAN. During this appointment you will present your old 'bijlage 33' and a passport size picture. You will receive a new ‘bijlage 33’.

    Please send a copy of the ‘bijlage 33’ to studentadministration@ap.be

    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 accommodation 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 in either English, Dutch or French to the Student Center via studentadministration@ap.be, which will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure. 

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, you will receive a temporary document called ‘Bijlage 19’ (annex 19). 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 Center to make an appointment for you at STAN. At this appointment you present your ID-card or passport and passport size picture. This will cost 22,2 euro or 126,9 euro for the urgent procedure.

    On your next 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 19', that you've received earlier.

    Please send a copy of the card to studentadministration@ap.be

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a resident of Antwerp, by submitting this document to the Student Center via studentadministration@ap.be.

    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 accommodation 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 in either English, Dutch or French to the Student Center via studentadministration@ap.be, which 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 Center 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 Center to make an appointment for you at the student organisation STAN. At this appointment you present your passport and a passport size picture. You also pay for the electronic residence card (22,2 euro or 126,9 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.

    Please send a copy of the card to studentadministration@ap.be.

    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) issued by AP Hogeschool
    • Your study results of last academic year. This document will be completed by the Student Center.

    Submit these documents in either English, Dutch or French to the Student Center via studentadministration@ap.be, which 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 Center 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 (22,2 euro or 126,9 for the urgent procedure) for the extension of your card. 

    Please send a copy of the card to studentadministration@ap.be.

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a residence of Antwerp, by submitting this document to the Student Center via studentadministration@ap.be.

    Stay of 1 semester for EU/EEA countries

    This procedure can be followed by students from EU/EEA countries who are staying in Belgium for only one semester.

    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 to the Student Center via studentadministration@ap.be, which will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, you will receive a document ‘declaration of presence’ (‘annex 3ter’ for EU students).

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