TRAVELING TO BELGIUM
Visa for Partners of EU Citizens & residents
APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY RESIDENCY ON THE BASIS OF COHABITATION WITH
A EU CITIZEN:
If you are exempt from a visa C to enter Belgium,
please submit your application directly at your local city hall in Belgium.
Documents to be presented by the US partner in person:
1. A valid national passport (validity at least 15 months).
2. Two visa application forms
duly completed, dated and signed and three recent passport-size photographs.
Include three sets of the following documents (one original set
of documents and two copies) collated and stapled:
The originals will be returned to you together with your passport and
3. Language form : (in
German); Choose one of the forms
and indicate your language preference (or no preference). The option you
choose will be used by the Belgian Home Office to communicate its decision
regarding your visa application. There is no English version of this document.
Please retain a copy for your records.
- Indicate your name: full name as it appears on your passport
(nom du demandeur, naam visumaanvrager, name visumbewerber)
- Number of the file will be indicated by this office
(numéro du dossier – dossiernummer - aktenzeichen)
- Indicate in what language you wish your file to be handled
- have no preference (geen voorkeur, pas de preference,
keiner sprache den vorzug)
- prefer French (français, frans, französischer sprache)
- prefer Dutch (néerlandais, nederlands, niederländischer sprache)
- prefer German (allemand, duits, deutscher sprache)
- Date the form (format : DAY MONTH YEAR (NOT: MONTH, DAY, YEAR)
- Sign the form (no need to notarize it)
4. An original birth certificate (not older then 6 months) appended with the
apostille (two photocopies of
this document) .
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.
The FBI offers two methods for requesting your FBI Identification Record
or proof that a record does not exist.
Submit your request directly to the FBI.
Option 2: Submit to an
FBI-approved Channeler, which is a private business
that has contracted with the FBI receive the fingerprint submission and
relevant data, collect the associated fee(s), electronically forward the
fingerprint submission with the necessary information to the FBI CJIS Division
for a national criminal history record check, and receive the electronic record
check result for dissemination to the individual. Contact each Channeler for
ONLY FBI CHECKS PRINTED ON TAMPER PROOF PAPER ARE ACCEPTED
Note: An FBI-approved Channeler cannot authenticate (apostille) fingerprint search
results. A request for your FBI Identification Record or proof that a record does
not exist must be submitted directly to the FBI if an authentication (apostille)
For more information, please go to the FBI website.
6. A medical certificate
(MS Word) -
according to the model enclosed. For a list of doctors affiliated with the Embassy or the
Consulate General, click here.
If you choose your family physician, the doctor's signature needs to be notarized.
The medical should be dated within six months of your date of application for the visa.
7. Proof that you have a personal or collective travel insurance that covers for medical
expenses during your first 3 months in Belgium.
Affidavit of celibacy, i.e. proof that you are at present not legally married (a
notarized affidavit notarized by a notary public).
9. Proof that both partners are minimum 21 years old.
The minimum age is 18 years old if both partners can prove that
they already lived together for 1 year.
Proof that your relationship is a durable one will be measured as following:
+ Proof that partners have lived together for at least 1 year prior to application
+ If the partners have known each other for at least 2 years, proof that they have had
regular contact by phone or (e)mail, that they have met in person at least 3 times in
the past 2 years, and that those meetings represented a minimum of 45 days.
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.
11. A pre-paid envelope if you wish to have your passport and visa sent back to your home address.
The embassy or Consulate General is not responsible for lost items during shipping.
In the Embassy in Washington, you can now also pay with a
The visa application fee is non-refundable, whether your visa is actually issued or not.
Documents 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
1. 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
2. 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. The financial 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 (“gemeente/commune”).
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).
4. A letter in which you request that your partner be authorized to reside
with you in Belgium and documenting your relationship.
5. Proof of sufficient lodging (rental contract or letter from the employer
confirming housing arrangements
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 border post).
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.