The latest immigration and visa news for the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and select European countries - straight from the leading immigrant advocates in the Philippines.
Appointments for visa have to be made through the service centre. No appointments will be accepted if requested through other channels than the Service Centre (! can only be reached from within the Philippines).
Appointments for lodging visa applications:
Tip: If you wish to secure an appointment without listening to the recording of the visa requirements, as soon as you have the connection, press 1 for English or 2 for Tagalog and then press 0, you will immediately be redirected to the operator.
Notice: Kindly provide documentation as follows:
Please visit Home Office Website Site is operated by the Federal Public Service of Interior, not by the Belgian Embassy in Manila).
You can contact the Home Office Visa service helpdesk directly:
By telephone: + 32 2 793 80 00
By fax: + 32 2 274 66 91
NO INFORMATION WILL BE GIVEN TO APPLICANTS UNABLE TO MENTION THEIR REFERENCE NUMBER AND/OR PASSPORT NUMBER TO THE OPERATOR.
New contribution for visa LONG stay - D
Since the 2nd of March 2015, a contribution is required for the processing of certain long stay (D) visa applications.
This contribution can be paid by either the applicant or a third person (family members, acquaintance, sponsor, guarantor, etc.). This contribution should be paid into the account of the Immigration Office in Belgium.
The proof of payment of this contribution needs to be presented at the time of the introduction of the visa application. Should the applicant be unable to provide a proof of payment, the visa application will be deemed inadmissible.
This contribution is to be paid on top of the handling fee of the long stay visa (handling fee = the equivalent of €180 in local currency). The handling fee will still need to be paid at the time of the application. An exemption for the handling fee, does not necessarily imply that one is also exempt for the contribution.
We therefore recommend you to carefully consult the website of the Immigration Office with regards to the amount of the contribution and the manner in which this is to be paid.
Authors & Contributors
Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.
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