What is "Belgian student status"?

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‘Belgian student status’ is conferred on those who are not Belgian nationals but are legally recognized as having the rights of a Belgian student. To hold Belgian student status you must meet the following criteria. The ? icon will inform you about the required documents you will need to validate this statut during your enrolment/admission :

  • You are an EU national;

DOCUMENTS REQUIS:
Une copie de la carte d’identité valide (ou certificat de nationalité récent). (assimilation 0)

OR

  • you have unlimited right of residence or long-term residence status in Belgium
  • DOCUMENTS NEEDED :
    - Certificate of registration in foreigners register/unlimited stay (B card)
    -Foreigner’s identity card/unlimited right of residence (C card)
    -Long-term resident (D card)
    • EU citizen family member residence (F card)
    -EU citizen family member permanent residence (F+ card)

    Attention: a one-year A card is not considered a long-term residence permit(‘assimilation 1’);

  • you are a candidate for or have refugee status, are stateless or have been granted subsidiary protection;
  • DOCUMENTS NEEDED :
    -Student applying for refugee status or stateless person: copy of Annex 25 or 26 completed by the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons and ‘orange card’ registration certificate. Attention: orange card must be recent or recently renewed
    -Refugee student: copy of both sides of B card (card back reads ‘refugee’)
    -Student under subsidiary protection: copy of both sides of A card or B card and Immigration Office decision proving subsidiary protection (‘assimilation 2’);

  • you have a residency permit of more than three months and receive professional or other revenue;
  • DOCUMENTS NEEDED :
    -Copy of both sides of residence permit valid for more than three months AND
    -Professional activity: six pay stubs issued in the 12 months preceding university application OR
    -Replacement income: proof of receipt of unemployment benefits, pension or health insurance compensation
    (‘assimilation 3’);

  • you are a recipient of the CPAS (Centre public d'action social), or live in a CPAS subsidized home or are represented by the CPAS;
  • DOCUMENTS NEEDED : A recent CPAS certificate (‘assimilation 4’)

  • your father, mother, legal guardian, spouse or legal cohabitant is an EU member state national or fulfils one of the above qualifications (1 to 4)
  • DOCUMENTS NEEDED :
    Documentation proving the person’s qualification (1 to 4) AND relationship to student:
    -Father/Mother: copy of official act proving parentage: household composition or student birth certificate
    -Spouse: marriage certificate legalised by Belgian embassy or consulate in country of origin, or issued by municipality if marriage certificate signed on Belgian territory; if you live in Belgium, recent household composition certificate
    -Legal guardian: guardianship act legalised by Belgian embassy or consulate in country of origin, or issued by competent Belgian authorities if act signed on Belgian territory
    Note: age of majority may vary according to nationality
    Legal cohabitant: certificate of legal cohabitation issued by the municipality
    (‘assimilation 5’);

  • You benefit from a Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles or Development Cooperation scholarship
  • DOCUMENTS NEEDED :
    -Copy of scholarship award certificate from competent body (example: Federation Scholarship Department, ARES Development Cooperation, etc.

  • you are a long-term resident of another EU country.
  • DOCUMENTS NEEDED :
    -Copy of both sides of identity document proving long-term residence in other EU member state
    -Copy of both sides of Belgium residence permit (assimilation 7).