There are many short term visas, but only 1 short term business visa. The others include the tourist visa, visitor visa and medical visa.
This visa is perfect for short business-related trips lasting less than 90 days or 3 months within a 6 month period.
All non-EU/EFTA citizens need a business visa, unless their country is one of the 61 exempt countries.
Apply for a short term business visa in Belgium as follows:
- Apply at the Belgian consulate or embassy in your country
- Minimally 15 days prior to your visit
- Filled in visa application form
- Valid passport/ID
- 2 recent passport pictures
- Flight details
- Health insurance details
- Proof of accommodation
- Proof of financial means to support you during your stay
- Payment receipt for the € 60 visa fee
- Letter from your employer with the reason of your stay/trip OR an invitation letter from a Belgian company requesting your presence
There are 3 different types of longer term, but not permanent, professional visas in Belgium:
- Category a
- Category b
- Au pair
Category b visas are required for specific jobs with sponsorship from your employer. You can apply for category b when the Belgian workforce is exhausted of someone with your specific profile, like managerial positions, athletes, entertainers and academics.
A category c visa you can apply for when you didn't come to Belgium intending to work, like on a tourist or student visa, but end up needing or wanting to work anyway. You can fill any position you are qualified for and are eligible for an extension beyond 12 months with sufficient motivation.
The au pair visa is a highly specific one that you won't need as a freelancer. It is only valid for people between 18 and 26 of age that work as an au pair with a host family filling certain requirements. The visa cannot be extended beyond 12 months.