Entry requirements for Belgium
If you are from a non-European Union country, you may require a visa. For this and other questions, you should contact the Belgian embassy or Belgian consulate in your country: http://www.diplomatie.be/nl/addresses/abroad/default.asp .
You can already read more about visa procedures at http://www.diplomatie.be/en/travel/visa.asp .
Once you arrive in Belgium, details of your country's embassy or consulate may also be useful: http://www.diplomatie.be/fr/addresses/belgium/default.asp .
As the application for a Provisional Residence Permit has to be submitted for approval to the Belgian Ministry of Home Affairs, the entire application procedure can, for some countries, take up to three months. Therefore, those students who need a Provisional Residence Permit to cover their study period in Belgium, are advised to start the application procedure for this Provisional Residence Permit on receipt of the admission letter of ITMMA.
Students are urged not to depart for Belgium with a tourist visa, since they will be forced to return to their country after a period of 3 months.
Once in Antwerp, all students, whether they are nationals from the EU member states or not, must register within 8 working days after arrival with the aliens (registration) office ('Bevolking/Vreemdelingen') in order to formalize their stay in Antwerp. Adresses: districthuis Antwerpen, Lange Gasthuisstraat 21, B-2000 Antwerp, for those staying in the city centre (tel.: 03/201.34.11), or Grote Steenweg 150,B-2600 (Berchem) Antwerp (tel.: 03/286.40.11), for those who choose the district of Berchem to be their place of residence. These offices are open from Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m., and also on Thursday evening from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m.