Belgium LLM Resources
This page is a resource for Belgium lawyers who would like to attend a U.S. LLM program or a U.S. based online LLM program.
Obtaining a U.S. Visa for Belgium Students
Lawyers from Belgium who plan to earn an LLM in U.S. Law from an American law school are required to apply for a student F-1 visa before beginning their academic program. To apply for a student visa, a lawyer must first be accepted in a full-time program that has been approved for visa applicants by the Attorney General of the United States. The accepting school should provide a signed I-20 form, certifying that the prospective student is eligible for a student visa.
Once a signed I-20 document has been obtained, the visa application process can begin. Applicants should use the Telephone-Operated System to schedule a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy and then begin to gather documentation and pay fees in preparation for the interview.
According to the Embassy of the United States in Brussels, Belgium, these are forms and fees required to obtain an F-1 visa:
- Visa applicants must pay a $200 SEVIS fee and register with SEVIS (the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System). This system is used by the U.S. to track and monitor non-immigrant students while they participate in the U.S. education system.
- Applicants must pay a $160 visa fee and complete the DS-160 application form. This form can be completed interactively online. A confirmation page will be generated when the form is submitted; applicants must bring this confirmation page to the visa interview.
- Applicants must provide original bank statements or bank letters showing that they have sufficient funds to finance their education and cover their living expenses while studying in the United States.
- A passport that is valid for the duration of the proposed U.S. stay must be presented at the visa interview. A 5 cm x 5 cm color portrait photo should also be provided by the applicant.
During the visa interview, the consular officer may request additional documentation verifying employment, place of residence, student status and intended itinerary. An applicant may be required to return for a second interview if requested documentation is not available during the first interview.
The U.S. Embassy in Belgium suggests that students view these videos compiled by the Fulbright Commission in Belgium featuring students who have recently studied in America.
LLM Resources for Belgium Lawyers
Lawyers who are interested in participating in an LLM program in the United States, will be pleased to know that there are a wide variety of LLM scholarships for international students.
Lawyers from Belgium who plan to enroll in a U.S. law school can begin to network with American lawyers through The Law Society International. The organization, which has an affiliate in Brussels, helps lawyers increase their international presence and make contact with lawyers in other countries. Free networking events and regular updates on international legal issues are included as membership benefits.