Since 15 May 2017 applicants applying for a national (long stay) Belgium could present their documents to be legalized by the Embassy at the same time as their long stay visa application.
From 01 November 2018 onwards, all documents as part of a visa file for long stay have to be legalized first. Applicants will need to submit their documents for legalization at a Visa Application Centre. Once the documents have been legalized and sent back to the VAC, the applicant will be able to submit a complete visa file for long stay with all the supporting documents.
Embassy Legalization Fees
|Document to be legalized||Embassy Fee|
|An original document||EUR 20 per document|
|A certified true copy||EUR 20 per document|
|A translation||EUR 20 per document|
VFS Service Fees
|Application Type||Visa Service Fee|
|Legalizations||EUR 5 (PKR 719) per document|
The Embassy fees above must be paid in Euros and in cash at the visa application centre.
- Documents must be presented in original version.
- Must be original Pakistani/Afghani documents attested by Pakistani/Afghani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- No ordinary photocopies will be accepted for legalization, only CERTIFIED TRUE COPIES by the national authorities.
- Diplomas or degrees are to be attested by Ministry of Education, more specifically the HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION and subsequently by the Pakistani/Afghani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Translation of the documents
- AFGHANISTAN: Original documents from Afghanistan are translated into English by the Afghan Authorities. Only a translation issued by those Authorities will be accepted.
PAKISTAN: All documents duly attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan have to be accompanied by a certified translation. Original documents from Pakistan should be translated in one of the national languages of Belgium: French and Dutch.
- Translation into French is possible in Pakistan and must be done by one of the 3 “Alliances Françaises” settled in Pakistan (Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore) (see addresses below). The original Pakistani document and its translation into French, both legalized by the Embassy, will be directly accepted by a Belgian French speaking administration.
- For the moment, no recognized institution in Pakistan offers the service for translation into Dutch. Therefore, documents to be used in a Belgian Dutch speaking administration might need to be translated a second time into Dutch once in Belgium.
- Alliance Française de Lahore
155, Scotch Corner, street 3, Upper Mall, Lahore
Tel: 042-3587 43 01 > 3, fax : 042 – 3587 43 04
- Alliance Française de Karachi
Plot St1, Block 8, Scheme 5, Clifton Karachi
Tel: 021-3587 34 02
Fax: 021-3587 43 02
- Alliance Française d’Islamabad
House 9, Street 49, F6/4
Tel: 051-282 52 18 > 9