Demonstrating sufficient means of subsistence

When applying for a student visa type D or a residence permit, students need to prove that they have sufficient financial means to cover their living expenses, healthcare, study costs, etc. 

This proof is preferably provided by one of the following methods:

  1. An attest of a grant, scholarship or loan issued by an international or national organisation (such as a university), or a legal person, Belgian or foreign, with sufficient resources.
     
  2. An "agreement for acceptance of financial responsibility" (Annex 32). This agreement is a declaration by a sponsor.
    1. If the sponsor lives in Belgium, the paperwork can be obtained at the municipality. Once submitted, the municipality sends it on to the Ministry of Interior to determine if the sponsor is financially capable of supporting the student ;
    2. If the sponsor lives abroad, the Belgian Consulate or Embassy can provide the forms needed.  Once submitted at the embassy, the decision is again in the hands of the Belgian Ministry of Interior.
  3. Blocked account procedure (Proof of Solvency): This procedure involves the payment of a sum of money into the bank account of the university where the student is admitted to enrol.  This sum is then transferred in instalments into the account opened by the student after his/her arrival in Belgium. In this case, the student obtains a proof of solvency certificate from the university which can be used for the visa application.
    • Degree students of the University of Antwerp who have already received a letter of acceptance and would like to use this option can submit a request for a proof of solvency certificate to the Registrar’s Office using the international helpdesk. You will then receive instructions on the exact procedure to follow.
    • Exchange students of the University of Antwerp who have already received a letter of acceptance and would like to use this option can submit a request for a proof of solvency certificate to the International Relations Office: IncomingStudents@uantwerpen.be
    • IOB students who have received their letter of acceptance and would like to use this option can submit a request for a proof of solvency to the IOB Admission office: greet.annaert@uantwerp.be


Amount required for the blocked account procedure, in the case of degree students:

Applicant

Blocked amount

Handling fee

Total payment required

Student alone

9000 EUR (covers 12 months)

100 EUR

9100 EUR

Student and spouse

18000 EUR (covers 12 months)*

100 EUR

18100 EUR

* Proof of Solvency application for student and spouse needs to be made at the same time.

Please note that the amounts mentioned are not sufficient to cover all your living expenses in Belgium.

Do not transfer money to the university’s account before you have contacted the Registrar’s Office.

The blocked account cannot be used to pay invoices directly. You cannot use these funds to directly pay your tuition fee or rental costs!

In case you are not able to come to Belgium, the money on the blocked account will only be transferred back to the account where it was originally transferred from.

More information about demonstrating sufficient means of subsistence can be found on the website of the Immigration Office.