TRAVELING TO BELGIUM
Visa for Self-supporting Persons Wishing to Retire
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 WITHOUT GAINFUL OCCUPATION
If you want to settle in Belgium for more than three months and you do not intend to engage in a gainful occupation,
you should apply for an authorization for temporary residency. To determine the consular office where you should
introduce your application and to check office hours, please ,
Please submit the following documents in person:
1. A valid national passport (validity 15 months).
2. Two original
forms 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.
certificate according to the model enclosed, on the doctors
letterhead. For a
list of doctors affiliated with the Embassy or the
Consulate General, click
If you 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 your
4. a nationwide criminal history record (FBI Identi-fication 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
5. Proof of sufficient available funds and/or income,
e.g. Social Security, bank letters, bank statements covering at least a period
of 6 months, income from real estate properties, etc.
6. A letter stating why you wish to take up residency in
Belgium, e.g. because you have family in Belgium or have been living there
7. Written letters of reference from Belgium (names,
address, telephone numbers, relationship).
8. Visa fee : 70.00 USD in cash, certified check or money
Personal checks are not accepted.
In the Embassy in Washington, you can also pay with a
A personal appearance is required and you must apply in person at the
Consulate General in whose jurisdiction you reside.
If you wish to make the application by mail (this is possible at the
consulates in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, but not at the Embassy
in Washington, DC), the following requirements apply:
(1) your signature on the application form
must be notarized (certified) by a notary public of your place of
residence in the U.S.
(2) do not send your application documents to an Honorary Consul. The
application will be processed by
the Embassy or by a Consulate General. Always make sure you mail your
application to the competent Embassy or Consulate General. Only
the Honorary Consuls in Nassau (Bahamas) and San Juan (Porto Rico) may
accept visa-applications and they will send them to the Embassy..
After verification of your application, a personal appearance will
still be necessary to collect your passport with the visa.
are invited to submit their applications at least 4 months prior to their
scheduled departure. The Consular Officer will go over all the documents
and process your application. It will then be forwarded to the appropriate
Belgian authorities for approval, this may take several months.
do not make travel arrangements until
the consular office has received the authorization to issue your visa.
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.