TRAVELING TO BELGIUM
Visa for Partners of Belgian Residents
NEW: Biometric visa at
the Embassy of Belgium in Washington, D.C.
People who apply for a visa at the Embassy of
Belgium in Washington, D.C. will receive a visa which contains
biometrics. At the moment of your application, a picture and your
fingerprints will be taken.
APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY RESIDENCY ON THE BASIS OF
COHABITATION WITH A BELGIAN PARTNER OR WITH
A LEGAL RESIDENT OF BELGIUM:
To determine the consular
office where you should introduce your application and to check
office hours, please
Documents to be presented by
the US partner in person:
1. A valid national passport (validity at least 15 months).
Two visa application forms
duly completed, dated and signed and two recent passport-size photographs.
Include three sets of the
following documents (one original set of documents and two copies) collated and stapled:
will be returned to you together with your passport and visa. You will need them
to register at city hall in Belgium.
An original birth certificate appended with the
(two photocopies of this document).
4. A nationwide criminal history record (FBI Identification
Record) covering the last five years, obtained from the FBI CJIS
Division (Record Request, 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg, WV 26306), dated within six months of your
date of application for the visa. For more information, please go to the
certificate according to the model enclosed, on the doctors
letterhead. For a
list of doctors affiliated with the Embassy or the
Consulate General, click
choose your family physician, the doctor's
signature needs to be notarized.
The medical document should be less than 3 months old from the date of
Affidavit of celibacy, i.e. proof that you are at present not legally married (a
notarized affidavit appended with the
Supporting documents as proof that there is actual cohabitation and
that your relationship is a durable one, such as: joint financial records,
utility bills in both names, mortgage/rental agreement in both names,
letters from friends and family, photographs, etc.
8. Visa application fee: 70.00 USD in cash, certified check or money.
Personal checks are not accepted.
In the Embassy in Washington, you can now also pay with a
to be presented by the Belgian partner or the legal resident of Belgium:
Include three sets (one original set of documents and two copies) collated
A copy of your Belgian identity card (certified by the Belgian town hall
of your place of residence) or a certificate of residence issued by the Belgian
town hall of your place of residence; (“gemeente van inschrijving/commune
A certificate that you are at present not legally married, please contact
the town hall of your place of residence in Belgium “gemeente /commune” and
request such a declaration.
3. Proof that you have sufficient financial means
to support your partner (employment letter, salary statement, bank letter, bank
statements covering at least a period of 6 months).
support document (“verbintenis tot tenlasteneming voor het in concubinaat
leven / prise en charge pour concubinage”) to be obtained from and duly
certified by the local authorities of your place of residence in Belgium
A letter in
which you request that your partner be authorized to reside with you in Belgium
and documenting your relationship.
soon as you have all above documents, please contact the consular office where you should
introduce your application,
Consular Officer will go over all documents and process your application.
The application will then be forwarded to the appropriate Belgian
authorities for approval, this may take several months.
UPON ARRIVAL IN BELGIUM:
It is important that you register with the City
Hall of your place of residence in Belgium within 8 days of your arrival. Make sure that
your passport is endorsed by the immigration authorities when first entering Belgium (at airport or other
The local authorities will process your registration identity document that will allow you
to enter and leave the country as a legal temporary resident of Belgium.