Visa Requirements

Belgium Cohabitation Visa General Conditions

The cohabitation before marriage law in Belgium allows that you can apply for a cohabitation visa and residence permit as an immigrant to Belgium if you meet certain visa requirements under their family immigration laws.

You can apply for visas or a residence permit to stay in Belgium as cohabitants if you are in a stable and long term relationship (heterosexual or homosexual) with someone who is one of the following:

  • a Belgian national
  • a national of the European Union
  • a foreigner who is not a EU national, but has a residence permit for Belgium or has the permission to

If you have a United States passport you do NOT need a travel visa to Belgium for the first 90 days. This will allow you to apply for visas in Belgium in person, however I would strongly urge you to try to apply for your cohabitation visa in the US if you can. The Belgian Embassy in New York will no longer do this for you, but you may be able to apply for visas at another Embassy. If you are coming from another country, you may need to apply for a Schengen Visa to enter Belgium.

Both of you must be at least 18 years old to meet the visa requirements. If you are over 21 you might not have to show that you have lived together for 1 year, or your criminal record depending on your commune in Belgium.

Within 90 days of arriving in the Schengen Area you must submit a visa form which called a Declaration of Statutory Cohabitation to your commune in Belgium to declare as yourselves legal cohabitants. You can then request a residence permit on the basis of cohabitation before marriage.

Some conditions of a stable and long term relationship for cohabiting couples:

  • You have been cohabiting (a couple living together) for at least 1 year in any country

–OR–

  • You can prove that you have known each other for at least 2 years
    • you have had regular contact by phone, mail, or email
    • you have met at least 3 times in the past 2 years for a total of at least 45 days

–OR–

  • you have a child together

Other Options for Immigrants Who Need a Visa to Belgium

I have heard that it is possible to apply for visas as an immigrant without having lived together for 1 year or without having been together for 2 years but there is some risk involved. Apparently it does not look good to have a denied visa in your passport for future visa requests. Immigrants that do not meet one of the first two conditions of a stable relationship do have some other options for a residence permit.

  • Study at a University in Belgium to obtain a Student Visa. Then once you have been a couple living together in Belgium for a year with the Student Visa, apply for the cohabitation visa and resident permit.
  • Get married

Note: Currently all the information on this web site is based on visa requirements in Brussels, Belgium as a US citizen. The visa application forms and immigrant laws may differ if you are coming from another country.

Read about the documents required for the Cohabitation Visa application.

 

  1. #1 by Ali on January 11, 2015 - 7:24 am

    Hello! thanks for replying my previous Post.

    1)Now my Question is that My Brother is the Citizen of Belgium can he Invite me for long term Visa and Can I get Citizenship also after spending a 6 7 years there..???

    2) Marriage is necessary for getting PR In Belgium or there is any other ways for getting Citizenship there and living there…?

    3)If my Brother Invites me how long it will take to complete the process of the Visa after showing Living together and Showing Bank statement there…???

    • #2 by Alina on January 16, 2015 - 12:58 pm

      to your questions, 1. yes you can become a citizen after living there for 3 years if you are an EU citizen and 5 years if you are non-EU, 2. You can get citizenship after living there for several years under cohabitation too, 3. it takes anywhere from 6-9 months to get your cohabitation visa

  2. #3 by Mika on January 7, 2015 - 3:48 pm

    Very helpful and informative blog. I came here to Belgium with cohabitation visa. We lived here for a bit more than two years now. Unfortunately, we now broke up and she is going to terminate our contract. I am a bit lost now (and I don’t know what to do) since I had no idea if I will be asked to leave the country. Would that be the case? I am learning the language (niveau zes) and working through an intrim job. She has asked me to leave the house with my belongings so now I am outside. Do you have an advice that might be useful for me to be able to continue staying here? Very awkward and unfortunate situation I am in. Thank you in advance for any feedbacks.

  3. #5 by don on January 6, 2015 - 7:13 am

    Hello Alina,if your partner does not meet the financial requirement is it ^possible that a family friend can quarantee us by writing a letter of gaurantor financially.Will it be accepted by the immigration if a family friend decides to support us financially because my gf parent leave in Africa because we both are Africans.

    • #6 by Alina on January 6, 2015 - 8:12 pm

      The commune has the choice to accept or reject whatever they want unfortunately. I think you might have a better chance if your guarantor was a close family member like your parents.

      • #7 by Kim on January 8, 2015 - 11:52 pm

        Hello I have a question, I am under cohabitation visa but our relationship now is in roller coster. We have a son and I am almost 2 years in Belgium…my question is if we are going to separate, can I still stay in Belgium and can I apply a social housing? I work a part time. Thank you.

  4. #9 by Ali on January 2, 2015 - 4:03 am

    Hello My question is that My brother is from Pakistan but now he has become the Belgian Citizen after married now he can Invite Pakistani blood related Brothers and Sisters to live in Belgium…???

    • #10 by Alina on January 6, 2015 - 8:08 pm

      Yes, you can do a cohabitation visa with your brother, but I think that you will need to live with him when you arrive in Belgium.

  5. #11 by Tara on December 29, 2014 - 4:20 am

    I am currently an asylum seeker here in belgium and my partner is a belgian national, its been almost 6 months that we have been seeing each other, recently she started working and we have been planning to stay together, keeping in mind of the 1 year live in together to be eligible for cohabitation visa,
    My question is,
    1)is it only that after one year of live in together that we can apply for cohabitation visa or can we apply even before that time frame like after staying together for 6 months?
    2)And also when my application is still in process , will i be eligible to work here ?
    3)in case if my cohabitation visa is accepted will i be getting a 3 month orange card or a 5 year card ?
    Kindly put some light over my doubts and questions
    Thanking you

    • #12 by Alina on December 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm

      Hope these answers help! 1). you need to live together for one year OR have known each other for 2 years AND have met at least 3 times for a total of 45 days. Since you have only been together for 6 months, I would wait until you have been living together for 1 year. 2). Since your partner is a Belgian National you have a good chance but I have heard it goes both ways. You can check with the foreign employment office as soon as you have your orange card. 3). You will probably get a temporary card for 3 months and then something more permanent when that is up.

      • #13 by Tara on January 2, 2015 - 8:44 am

        Thank you very much for the prompt and an apt response, will definitely keep in mind of your kind suggestions, however do you advice for me to consult a lawyer or its something that i can handle by myself.
        thank you once again
        with regards 🙂

        • #14 by Alina on January 6, 2015 - 8:14 pm

          If you meet all the requirements and have a pretty straight forward case you should not need a lawyer to apply for the cohabitation visa 🙂

  6. #15 by flo on December 25, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    Hello,last year my ex boyfriend and i applied for living together contract but i had been denied because of lack of proofs. after a year of livingtogether we broke up recently. but i was still thinking wat will happen to the contract that we signed in commune as living together.does it still valid since ive been denied?currently im living with my family but i dunno wat will gonna happen to me.my
    ex told me he will sign to end the contract so that im not his responsibility anymore.do i have do give the adress of my family?if i give it.wats gonna happen.please enlighten me.thanks

    • #16 by Alina on December 30, 2014 - 4:02 pm

      I’m not quite sure what you’re asking, but your cohabitation contract is only valid while you are in a relationship and living with your partner. Technically, once you have broken up and moved out you should report that to the commune, so they can update their records. If you never got a visa based on your cohabitation then ending the contract should not effect your visa at all.

  7. #17 by Jessie on December 23, 2014 - 10:24 am

    hi there ,

    Im a Belgian i was born and raised here , im now in a 2 yr relationship with a filipina ( yes we are same gender couple in long distance relationship ) we have met 3 times already. The thing is im wondering if this is enough to apply for cohabitation visa ? And would it be an issue concidering its the philippines?

    • #18 by Alina on December 30, 2014 - 3:56 pm

      In order to meet the requirements you need to prove that you have known each other for at least 2 years and that you have had regular contact by phone, mail, or email AND that you have met at least 3 times in the past 2 years for a total of at least 45 days.

  8. #19 by Stella on December 21, 2014 - 11:51 pm

    Hello and thanks for the helpful information even though i still have some questions and would love some help.. I am Greek so i am from EU and my bf is Belgian. We have been together for 3 and a half years and for more than a year we are living together,first at his parents home now we rent our own apartement. Fitst time we applied for samenwonings contract they said that it got declined for “not enough proof”. 2nd time we applied we even showed them sms messages and they said the proof was enough but the money is not enough now. Which sounds like bad excuse to me. My bf works every day but he doest have a vast contract even though his payment is enough for the money requirements you said above and i am searching for job but cant work anywhere because they need me to speak good the language. Even though i go to school to learn rhe language for a year now. What should i do? Please help me i love my bf so much and now that we finally live together they dont let us from Brussels. Please help me!!!

    • #20 by Alina on December 30, 2014 - 3:55 pm

      If you don’t meet the income requirements, you might be able to submit a letter from one of your parents if they agree to be your guarantee and support you financially. Good luck!

      • #21 by Stella on December 31, 2014 - 6:54 am

        Thanks for your reply and your help again. Do i ask for this form from the gemeente and then parents just sign it or do they have to come themselves at the gemeente and sign it? At the gemeente they never mentioned for something like that. They pretend they try to help me but they dont advice me to do anything. Once i called a lawyer to tell me that i could apply for 2nd time since the 1st time it got rejected because at the gemeente they said i couldnt do anything and i should go back to my country. So really thank you. Your advices are really helpful to me!

  9. #23 by stella on December 18, 2014 - 7:20 am

    hello, my bf and his ex bought a house together,so both their names are on the house title. however both have decided to wait until its the best time to sell the house and share the profit.
    now we will apply the cohabitation visa. will that affect our file? we met all the other requirements.thanks

    • #24 by Alina on December 18, 2014 - 11:46 am

      That’s a good question and honestly, I’m not sure. I would make sure that your name is on the doorbell with his, but on your police visit they still may ask to see who owns the house. If the police says it’s a problem, maybe you could buy her half from her now?

  10. #25 by wimm on December 15, 2014 - 5:07 am

    Can you change job or move to another address while you’re case is being processed? I found another job that pays alot more but I have no clue if i’m allowed to change job

    • #26 by Alina on December 15, 2014 - 11:22 am

      Yes, you should be able to, but you will need to let your commune know and submit a new proof of income. If you change address you may need to arrange for another police visit as well.

  11. #27 by Batu on December 14, 2014 - 6:35 am

    URGENT–
    Thank you for the informative website. I was just wondering about the “proof of long-term relationship” for visa application. It says “you have to know each other at least for 2 years” on this website, however on the official website for immigration in Belgium it is indicated that “you must know each other at least 1 year” (jullie kennen elkaar tenminste 1 jaar* en hadden regelmatig contact met elkaar per telefoon, via briefwisseling of elektronische berichten; EN voorafgaand aan jullie aanvraag, hebben jullie elkaar ten minste 3 keer ontmoet, EN deze ontmoetingen betreffen in totaal 45 dagen of meer).
    Can you please enlighten me about this?

    official website link: http://www.newintown.be/

    • #28 by Alina on December 15, 2014 - 11:21 am

      It is my understanding that you can either have lived together for 1 year or be in a relationship for 2 years with the required contact. The Belgium Embassy in the US still states this as a requirement. It could be different for different countries, so I would always double check the Belgium embassy site for your country.

  12. #29 by Yang on December 11, 2014 - 5:00 am

    Hello,
    I am from asia.i been here in belgium for few years illegal and i have a belgian boyfriend and we have almost 2yrs relationship and u live with him now.we will apply for living in together..is it possible for my part that i am illegal here?thanks..would be happy if you will help me with this..thanks

    • #30 by Alina on December 11, 2014 - 10:49 am

      If there is a way that you could leave and come back legally or become legal now, you will have a much better chance on your application.

  13. #31 by Shan on December 9, 2014 - 2:39 am

    Hello- your blog is helpful, thank you!

    My partner and I applied before we moved to Belgium and we were denied, mostly because we hadn’t been dating 2 years. We will have been dating for 2 years in February and will reapply (she has also been back in the States so to not overstay her tourist visa). Do you think we have a good chance? I have a residence visa and a work permit here and we both are on the lease together, and have joint bank accounts. Thanks for your help!

    • #32 by Alina on December 10, 2014 - 9:32 am

      If that was the reason that your first application was denied and you now meet the requirement, I think you have a great chance!

  14. #33 by Han on November 28, 2014 - 9:21 pm

    Hello,

    I am an au pair now and I have a Belgian bf here. Wve been together since I arrived here. So that will be for 1 year by next month. Then I still have one month extension to stay. I’ve been staying most of the time in his apartment during weekends and some days of the week that I dont have work. Is it counted as 1 year of being together. I cannot live with him totally because I am an au pair and I am staying with the family. Thanks!

    • #34 by Alina on December 2, 2014 - 4:47 pm

      Sorry sleeping over at his apartment does not count, your name also needs to be on the lease.

  15. #35 by jimmy on November 14, 2014 - 6:40 am

    my wife is dutch national ,we are in relation for 2 and half year and got married in august 2014 and moved to belgium since my schngen vist visa was expiring we apllied for family reunion , the only problem is she doesnt have job now she was working and had nice job but now she is only getting alimmony from her ex and child support from govt , in the municipaity they said she needs to proove income but she only has savings …. what shall we do ?

    • #36 by Alina on November 14, 2014 - 9:22 am

      We only deal with the cohabitation visa which is for unmarried couples but I would guess that if she doesn’t meet the income requirements, that she could have her parents or you write a letter in which you guarantee to support her financially.

  16. #37 by RAJ on November 13, 2014 - 3:09 am

    Hello,
    I am an Indian and my Girl friend is Colombian.
    We have been in relationship for more than 2 years now. We have been living together for more than 6 months.
    I just moved from France to Belgium due to change of Work. She also moved with me. But as i shifted here in September and somehow we were not able to get any university registration for my Girl Friend, so she was not able to apply for some student visa to stay in Belgium.
    Now the problem is her visa expires within2 weeks(5th Dec to be precise) and we have not yet applied for cohabitation.
    Only 2 weeks, what should we do: any advice? (

    It took me and her more than 2 months almost to get all the documents from India and Colombia( well Apostilled, Notarised etc).
    Finally we have them all, just giving them for translation in french. Now next week (by Wednesday we will have translation back) we will go with these documents to ask for Cohabitaion. So with 14 days left for her Visa to expire, do you think is it possible in any way. What are the odds of her staying in Belgium with our cohabitation demand.
    I don’t want her to go back and then start the process in her country (it can be very long).
    Will the commune not allow her to stay here after her visa expires? can she get a visa extension?
    Or will they accept the cohabitation application and give her temporary stay until she gets the Cohabitation Visa?
    Please give me some information.
    Thank you so much in advance.

    • #38 by Alina on November 13, 2014 - 5:50 pm

      Once you have turned in your Cohabitation Visa application she will be given a temporary visa that will allow her to remain in Belgium while the decision is being made, or until she receives the visa. If you don’t think that you will be able to apply before her current visa expires, you could always try to apply for a visa extension for this reason at your commune.

    • #39 by RAJ on November 14, 2014 - 2:36 am

      Hello,
      Thanks for the response.
      So you think , it is certainly possible and there is hope.
      Just a question with 14 or 15 days remaining from the day I go file a cohabitation application: do you think within 14 days they give temporary visa. Can you please tell me a bit in detail the TIMELINE like what happens say on 20th November I file the application of Cohabitation. What exactly should I expect (as I have countable number of days: just untill 5th Dec).
      I hope you can shed some light on the timeline.
      Thank you sooo much.

      • #40 by Alina on November 14, 2014 - 9:21 am

        Hi Raj,
        Sure, the whole timeline is detailed on the process page here. Good Luck!

  17. #41 by Alex on November 8, 2014 - 9:56 pm

    Hello, I have a question regarding the cohabitation visa. My boyfriend is a Belgium citizen but he was born and raised in Switzerland but he is currently holding only Belgian citizenship. I was wondering if this type of visa is still applied to my case if I want to live in Switzerland? or it’s just for living in Belgium. We are now living in the US together so it would be more than a year once we go back to Europe.
    Thank you very much in advance for your response.

    • #42 by Alina on November 10, 2014 - 9:03 am

      I’m sorry I only know about the Belgium Cohabitation Visa. It’s very possible though that Switzerland has a very similar visa, but one of you would need legal permission to live there.

  18. #43 by Angela C on November 8, 2014 - 2:10 am

    Hello!
    My situation is a bit difficult…I got married march 2013 to the complete wrong guy but I now have a family visa from that but we are now almost officially divorced. I did however find a nice belgian guy hear and we have since started a relationship and have been officially living together since February 2014. My question is…what are my options for me to stay here? I figured my f card will expire once my divorce is final (which will be probably in the next month or so). My boyfriend has a full time job and I have a part time job here also. We haven’t been living together legally for a year yet. We have no idea where to go from here. Any info would be great because I don’t want to be sent out of the country and lose my job over this. Thanks so much!

    • #44 by Alina on November 10, 2014 - 9:07 am

      This is a tricky situation. Sometimes visas are extended after a divorce, on a case by case basis. If you get your visa extended at least until February 2015, then you could apply for the cohabitation visa with your boyfriend after living together for one year. This also might be tricky though because you were officially married to someone else for most of that year that you lived together, which could make your relationship look less strong. I would also have a backup plan to the cohabitation visa. Maybe a visa through work, or you could go back to school?

  19. #45 by Jennifer on November 4, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    Hello,
    I am applying for a work visa to live and work in Belgium. However, I am coming in as a researcher on a stipend with a guest agreement, rather than a work permit. Does this affect my boyfriend’s ability to get a cohabitation visa upon our arrival in Belgium? Is there some minimum salary I need to prove in order to support us both? We do not yet have a permanent apartment set up. We have a one month temporary rental and plan to find a more permanent place once we arrive.
    Thank you.

    • #46 by Alina on November 4, 2014 - 10:04 pm

      Your boyfriend should still be able to apply for the cohabitation visa as long as you are legally allowed to live in Belgium, even if it is temporary. His visa will be valid as long as your contract allows you to stay in Belgium. I have heard all kinds of things about minimum salary from 1000-1500 euro a month, otherwise he could get a letter of guarantee from his parents possibly.

  20. #47 by joseph on November 3, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Hey Alina,please is it possible for my partner to submit the proof of her monthly income of last year , because currently she is doing part-time job and also opleiding because she use to have a full time job before her company close down.Presently she is working but her income is not enough to the amount stipulated by the immgration that’s why i ask if she can also submit the proof of her old income of the year 2012 and 2013 couple with her present part-time job income.Please advice!!!

    • #48 by Alina on November 3, 2014 - 8:12 am

      Unfortunately, I think it needs to be a current income statement from the last month or so. She could also provide a guarantee letter from someone like her parents who could pledge to support her financially.

  21. #49 by Peters on October 30, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    her name is on the lease is just that my name is not on the lease.do i need to attach my name on the lease or is ok like day?

    • #50 by Alina on October 30, 2014 - 3:45 pm

      Both of your names need to be on the lease to be able to use it to prove that you lived together. You could also always ask your landlord for a letter saying that you both lived there together for a year too.

  22. #51 by Peters on October 29, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    Becuase the police came inside the living room and she did not bother to check if my things are there or not because my girlfriend told her to come into the sleeping rpoom to control by herself but she said is ok that she don’t need to cole into the sleeping room to check if my things are truly there.But we went to the stationsome hours later to look for the police woman but she was not on sit but her collegue told me and my girklfriend that everything is ok that they will have to send us the letter we will take to the commune.Do we have to go and look for her again in the office or you think she will come around the second time to control the address again the second time,because is as if she was ok with the control even if I was not at home but my girlfreind was home.Her collegue told us the control was ok even if I was not home.Please advice me will there be any bad report about our living together because I was not home or we should wait for the letter the police will send in few weeks time to make appointment for us in the commune to enable us apply the second time.

    • #52 by Alina on October 30, 2014 - 7:52 am

      It sounds like the control was OK and I would wait and see if the police send you the letter to take to the commune. If they, I would ask again at the police station in a few weeks.

  23. #53 by Vim Iyke on October 29, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    Thanks Alina you are really doing a great job and I must commend all your efforts.But my name is not on the lease is only my Girlfriend Name that is in the lease.So what happend then if my name is not on the lease will it be accepted as a proof to prove the strength of my relationship with my Girlfriend?,because we have officlally be living together for more than one year and half.Should we still go ahead to submit the lease or do i need to add my name to my Girlfriend name on the lease before we submit ti to the commune?Pls advice

    • #54 by Alina on October 30, 2014 - 7:49 am

      I would recommend that you get her name on the lease, otherwise it cannot serve as proof.

  24. #55 by Vim Iyke on October 28, 2014 - 10:51 am

    is it true that if you ones had you cohabitation visa required the the police will also have to control your address if you want to re-apply again.Because my friend and her gf procedure was ones denied because of lack of proofs provided and now they both had live together for one then one year and they had some proofs to show the strenght of their relationship,but the went back to the commune again 5months after their cohabitation visa was deniedfor o,nly the woman they meant thier said that they will have to wait for the police to come and control if her bf still stay there.My QUESTION is why will they have to wait for the police to come again when the police came the first tiome the apply before.Thanks for your reply in advance.

    • #56 by Alina on October 28, 2014 - 2:50 pm

      I believe when you apply again the police will come once again to verify that you are still living together since it has been several months since they applied the first time, and that is what the entire visa is based on.

      • #57 by Joseph Nyaga on October 28, 2014 - 3:04 pm

        Hey,

        Please advise, after i submitted all the documents the officials seemed to be satisfied with them, they did not indicate that the police would come to visit, we have been living together for more than a year and the police came to visit the first month we moved in together, after which i changed my official address at the city hall to the current one, should we request for another police visit? Do the police pop in without notice or we have to have an appointment with them? Thank you for your continued advise, i really do appreciate it

        • #58 by Alina on October 28, 2014 - 3:07 pm

          If the commune wants to arrange a police visit you will first receive a letter in the mail with a number to call and make an appointment. Just make sure that both of your names are on the doorbell!

  25. #59 by Vim Iyke on October 28, 2014 - 10:44 am

    please what happened if you able to provide some of the proofs the commune required of you.Because I am about to cohabitate with my Belgium GF but we have been living together for more than one year.we don’t have email and facebook but we have the receipts of the items we bought together and also the old and recent photos we took together plus some testimonies of friends and neigbours.She also have an income but not up to theamount stipulated by the immigration required.

    • #60 by Alina on October 28, 2014 - 2:51 pm

      All you can do is try to provide as much proof of a strong relationship that you can. If you have lived together already for one year and you can prove it with a lease or something similar then that combined with your other proof should be OK. If you don’t meet the income requirements you will need someone else to write a letter as a guarantee of financial support.

  26. #61 by joe on October 28, 2014 - 10:39 am

    Is so clear now that the cohabitation law has become more tightened under the new government .someone just told me now that the commune no longer give 6months orange card after appying for cohabitation visa.when you apply you will have to wait till 6month until after the immigration take decision whether your procedure will be positive or not.Is so weird to hear this new development.Pls how true is this news,because I have heard from two reliable source.Pls confirm this news.Thanks in advanvce.

    • #62 by Alina on October 28, 2014 - 2:48 pm

      The 6 month orange card is not approval of your cohabitation visa, it just lets you stay in Belgium while the decision is being made. As far as I know nothing has changed and you have always had to wait 6 months for a decision on your cohabitation visa application.

  27. #63 by Laura on October 26, 2014 - 7:26 am

    Hi!
    Thanks for the great information, very useful.
    I’m in Belgium on a working holiday visa in order to be with my Belgian boyfriend. This is valid until September 2015. He is 23, I will be 21 in April.
    Following my visa’s expiry, are we able to apply for a cohabitation visa if we met in January 2014, have been living together since September 2014? Do I need to leave the country again in order to do this? He is a student with no income – would a letter guaranteeing financial support from my/his parents suffice should I not earn enough?
    Thank you in advance!

    • #64 by Alina on October 27, 2014 - 10:01 pm

      After you have been living together for 1 year you should be able to apply with the cohabitation visa without leaving Belgium, just make sure you apply with enough time to get your temporary orange card before your current visa expires. If neither of you meet the income requirements a letter of financial support of your parents should be OK. Good Luck!

  28. #65 by Dorothe on October 14, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    Hello,
    I am from Germany and my boyfriend is from Iran. We are both above 21, both living in Brussels (but not living together) and we have been living in the Netherlands before (also not together, but in the same street, almost neighbours). We know each other since more or less 3 years, but we can just prove (email contact, pictures,…) 1,5 years.
    My boyfriend just finished his master in Brussels and is looking for a job. He has done one short design project, since he finished his studies, but he does not have a work contract and I am afraid, that his work permit will not be extended. It is valid until the end of October (2 more weeks). I just started a second study/course and I am working in the weekends. My parents are supporting me and they would also sign financial support for me and my boyfriend.

    Do you think the cohabitation visa is a possibility for us?

    Thank you in advance,
    Dorothe

    • #66 by Alina on October 14, 2014 - 2:09 pm

      There are a lot of factors here. I think you would really need to prove that you have known each other for at least 2 years, that you have had regular contact by phone, mail, or email, and that you have met at least 3 times in the past 2 years for a total of at least 45 days. You should be able to do this with letters from people who know you also. The other aspect is the financial support. If you don’t meet the salary requirement to support him, and he doesn’t have a job currently, maybe his parents could write him a letter of financial support? Obviously you will also need to be living together to apply for the Cohabitation Visa.

      • #67 by Dorothe on October 14, 2014 - 2:24 pm

        Thank you for your immediate response!!
        We are not living together at the moment. We are planning to move together, but only if the Visa will be extended. Then this is probably not an option for us??
        Then we will do our best trying to get his work permit extended, which is very difficult without a permanent job…
        Thank you anyway for helping people with your advice! 🙂

        • #68 by Alina on October 14, 2014 - 2:27 pm

          Probably not since you can only apply if you are living together. Good luck!

  29. #69 by Amy on October 13, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    Hi,

    My boyfriend and I are thinking to apply the cohabitation visa, I think we meet most of the requirements, except the income proof. Since he is a freelancer, he doesn’t have the same income monthly and also doesn’t have a contract. Do you know what we can show instead, proof of a guarantor or proof that I can support myself. Thanks and looking forward to hear from you.

    Amy

    • #70 by Alina on October 13, 2014 - 4:56 pm

      You might try submitting income reports that show his income monthly over the last year or so. Also, you could try to submit bank account statements to show that you can financially support yourself, or that he can financially support you.

      • #71 by Sam on October 22, 2014 - 4:16 am

        Has anyone had any luck in getting their application approved by submitting a bank statement to fulfill the income requirement? The Belgian Embassy in Washington, DC, informed me this was not acceptable and that proof of the European partner’s sufficient and stable income, such as pay stubs, was necessary.

        • #72 by Alina on October 23, 2014 - 11:49 am

          I think you’re correct in that you can no longer submit bank statements. You must show financial proof through pay stubs as proof of income or a letter of guarantee from someone who has agreed to support you financially.

  30. #73 by Kev on October 13, 2014 - 9:10 am

    I am a student currently still living with my parents and am domiciled at their address, my question is: do i need to get a different domiciled adress for the cohabitation visa to be approved with a Canadian citizen or can we remain at this address at least for the first year for practical reasons.
    Thanks!

    • #74 by Alina on October 13, 2014 - 10:08 am

      I would double check with your local commune, but I would guess that as long as your living with your partner and the house is “set-up” for a couple then it should be fine.

  31. #75 by Elam on October 8, 2014 - 4:07 am

    Hi there I’m planing to move and live to belgium I’m british citizen and I want to invite my parents in law they are from Albania what documents do I need and to stay with as for good what do I need ? Thanx

    • #76 by Alina on October 8, 2014 - 10:14 am

      Unfortunately, I believe the family reunification visa or cohabitation visa is only for your: husband, wife, partner, child, grandchildren but I would double check with your commune. Your partner may be able to apply for her own parents in which case she would need to submit similar documents to the cohabitation visa except they would need to prove the relation through birth certificate etc.

  32. #77 by joe on October 7, 2014 - 6:18 am

    i was told that if she can prove it that she is looking for more hours for job thayt it will be fine also.i just need u to guide us on what to do.

    • #78 by Alina on October 7, 2014 - 11:31 am

      I’m sorry, I can’t advise you any further on this very particular situation. If you were told that by your lawyer or your commune than I would trust that advice and apply with proof of that information.

  33. #79 by joe on October 6, 2014 - 11:40 am

    the problem is that i am illegal for the moment and i am not working nor having a financial support.how is it possible for me to write a pledge of financial support for her.pls what can we do now to tackle this situation so that i will have my f card for 5years.

    • #80 by Alina on October 6, 2014 - 11:48 am

      Unfortunately, in order to apply for the cohabitation visa you must meet the financial requirements to support yourself, or your partner must pledge to financially support you. If you don’t then you are not eligible to apply for the Cohabitation Visa and will need to look at other options. Possibly a student visa, or find an employer that will sponsor you for a visa? It sounds like you already have a lawyer involved, so maybe they have some suggestions?

  34. #81 by joe on October 6, 2014 - 11:02 am

    Hello! pls I have a question.how much can your partner be earning monthly before your cohabitation visa can be approved by the immigration?because my gf is working 3 times a week and also is part-time job 4hours.my lawyer said she must be earning 1280euros monthly as part of the cohabitation requirement.

    • #82 by Alina on October 6, 2014 - 11:09 am

      I have heard salary requirements anywhere from 1000 euro a month to 1500 euro a month, so what your lawyer said sounds correct. If she does not meet this requirement another option is for you to sign a pledge to support her financially.

  35. #83 by Diego on October 5, 2014 - 8:08 am

    Hi,
    I’m Italian living regularly in Belgium, my girlfriend from Bealorus is here under a studying visa for one year valid until the end of next August 2015. How long before the studying visa expire shall we apply for the cohabitation visa? considering that only on 19 of August we will be one year registered togheter at the same address shall we wait that time or we can apply before?
    thanks for the Help

    • #84 by Alina on October 5, 2014 - 11:50 am

      If you haven’t done so already I would arrange the police visit now and sign the legal cohabitation agreement if you can. Then you should be able to apply to transfer her status from student visa to cohabitation visa when her student visa expires. Or maybe a week before just to be sure. Otherwise, I would start the process 1 month before her student visa expires, so she can get her orange card in time.

      • #85 by Diego on October 7, 2014 - 4:21 am

        Many thanks Alina,
        one more question in order to sign the legal cohabitation agreement don’t we need to be at list one year togheter as a way to prove our relation?

        • #86 by Alina on October 7, 2014 - 11:28 am

          If you are under 21 then yes, you need to have lived together for 1 year already. But if you are over 21 then you can still apply if you can prove that you have known each other for at least 2 years
          and that you have had regular contact by phone, mail, or email and have met at least 3 times in the past 2 years for a total of at least 45 days. Or,that you have a child together.

  36. #87 by Elma on October 3, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    Ihello I’m british citizen I’m planing to move to belgium and I’m planing to invite my brother for visit but my bother is Filipino citizen what kind of requiment do I need

    • #88 by Alina on October 3, 2014 - 5:01 pm

      If he is just coming for a visit he would need to apply for a Schengen Visa.

  37. #89 by majed on October 2, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    hello i’m Lebanese living in cyprus was married with Cypriot women but i got divorcee 3 months ago i live normally in cyprus now without married i felt in love with my boyfriend last year and i want to Cohabitation with him in Belgium, so i can do it normally or i need to wait sometimes?

    • #90 by Alina on October 2, 2014 - 1:14 pm

      As long as you are not currently married and can prove it with an official certificate of non-marriage, you should not have to wait before you apply. That being said, you must have lived with your boyfriend for 1 year or known him for 2 years already in order to meet the requirements of the Cohabitation Visa.

  38. #91 by Joy on September 28, 2014 - 10:40 am

    I’m now staying in Belgium for 2 years.
    Before I was student for two years and now I just got my orange card.
    Does this 2 year count as the “5 years stay in Belgium” requirement in later requesting the Belgian Citizenship?

    Thanks

    • #92 by Alina on September 29, 2014 - 9:51 am

      I’m not 100% sure because we only deal with the cohabitation visa, but I believe that as long as you were living in Belgium and registered, that your years as a student count towards your 5 years living in Belgium.

  39. #93 by jos on September 27, 2014 - 7:36 am

    i have a gf whose illegal and we’ve been living together for almost 1 yr already. What shoul I do for her, should I marry her so she can stay with me?

    • #94 by Alina on September 29, 2014 - 9:44 am

      This is always a tricky situation. One option is to marry her, another would be to find a way for her to get a temporary visa for Belgium and then apply for the cohabitation visa once she is legally in Belgium. Either way she may have to leave the country first. I would check with your local commune.

  40. #95 by justice bu on September 26, 2014 - 6:56 pm

    My girl friend lives in Swiss holding c resident permit. Is it possible to live together in Belgium?

    • #96 by Alina on September 26, 2014 - 8:01 pm

      If one of you has legal permission to live in Belgium and you both meet the requirements of the Cohabitation Visa then yes it is!

  41. #97 by turk on September 25, 2014 - 7:38 am

    Hello,

    I am thinking of applying to cohabitation visa with my partner since I cannot be able to register for 1 year at my school due to failure of classes. I don’t want to go back because my partner and I was already thinking of moving in together. My question is about the required documents. Most of them seem like the documents that I would have to get from my home country or does the consulate help with that?

    • #98 by Alina on September 25, 2014 - 9:57 am

      Getting the required documents from your home country for your application is your responsibility and your consulate in Belgium will probably not be of any help.

  42. #99 by Joseph Nyaga on September 24, 2014 - 9:17 am

    Thank you for your very useful info here. It has helped me alot in this process. I got the orange card last week. Do i need to apply for a work permit separately or the orange card also functions as a work permit. Also they asked me to submit our salary slips which we did but i see here there is a form my Partner (Belgian) has to fill as pledge of financial support, do we still need to submit this? Please advise. Thank you again!

    • #100 by Alina on September 24, 2014 - 1:30 pm

      The work permit situation depends on the status of your partner. See work info here. I’m not sure if you can work with the orange card, I have heard it go both ways, I would check with the foreign employment office in your city for a final answer. The pledge of financial support is only necessary when you do not have enough money to support yourself, and if you showed that with pay slips than you should be fine.

      • #101 by Joseph Nyaga on September 26, 2014 - 3:21 am

        Thank you so much!

  43. #102 by D on September 24, 2014 - 6:57 am

    Hello,
    First of all thanks for this site. Its really good and informative.
    I could really use some advice:
    Im American who studied in Belgium for my MA. I met my gf (w/ EU passport) about 7 months ago and we are in love, so I want to stay here and find a job and be with her. Problem is, my visa is 3 months over the expiration date. Does this mean Im here illegally? How can I become legal? We love each other but we havent been together long enough for this visa… If you can help at all, I would be very happy. Thanks so much!

    • #103 by Alina on September 24, 2014 - 1:28 pm

      Since your student visa has expired you are in Belgium illegally. One option would be to leave the Schengen Area and come back in 90 days later to re-start your Schengen Tourist Visa which would allow you to stay in Belgium for another 90 days. For a more permanent visa, you could look into getting a student visa again or find an employer who will sponsor you. Then, once you have either lived with your girlfriend for one year or known her for two years, you could apply for the cohabitation visa to live in Belgium with her long term.

  44. #104 by jude on September 15, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    pls can you show me the sample of how someone can write his/her proof of financial support for his/her partner.

  45. #106 by Kashif on September 13, 2014 - 11:41 am

    Hi, i am a Asian.I have relation with my gf for 2 years. She is belg. 01jan 2014 our baby born and I started living together with my gf and my child. July 2014 I got f card on the base of my child. I work 38 hrs a week with vast contract. Due to some reasons my gf does not want to live with me and she asked me to move from her house. Next week I am goning to change my address. We have agreed to sign a agreement about child and according that I shall pay 250 euro every month to my child and visit my child every 2 weeks.
    Can I hold my f card in this case? Or what should I do to obtain my legal title? Please advise thnx

    • #107 by Alina on September 15, 2014 - 7:02 pm

      I would check with your local commune, you may still be able to remain in Belgium based on Family Reunification/Cohabitation, but this may also be difficult if you are not living together anymore. You might also be able to get a visa through your employer. Hope this helps!

  46. #108 by Asif on September 11, 2014 - 8:19 pm

    I have almost same problem as Novak.In my case I have been learning Dutch at Linguapolis Antwerpen.This is an intensive and full time programme.Can i apply for a student visa on the basis of this programme ? Or does it have to be a 3 years bachelor programme ? thanks

    • #109 by Alina on September 11, 2014 - 8:32 pm

      This is not our area of expertise, but I believe as long as it is really a full-time program you can apply on the basis of your studies for a student visa. Please double check with your commune to make sure.

    • #110 by Mark on September 12, 2014 - 1:37 pm

      Me and my GF we applied for Cohabitation Act in District house. And our application has been granted! Now I have to apply for Cohabitation Visa In immigration office to staying Belgium but there is big problem that we are facing now! Our problem is that as a Belgium immigration law She( is Belgian) has job salary exact 1310 euro per month after tax and we have to submit all the bank statement for last one year! But she is earning for this moment 1270 euro per month after tax. If we apply now with her current job salary and bank statement, am I going to get Cohabitation visa in Belgium? If I get refused to get staying visa in Belgium what we can do more( She is actively looking for another job) ? I hope i will get answer as soon as possible, because we are really worried about that. – See more at: http://belgiumcohabitationvisa.com/getting-your-orange-card-attestation-dimmatriculation-in-belgium/#sthash.jSTv9IMB.dpuf

      • #111 by Alina on September 12, 2014 - 3:55 pm

        If possible, I would recommend submitting your own financial information as well. This means in your application you would submit your own Proof of Funds as well as your girlfriend’s Pledge of Financial Support and would show the Immigration Office that even though your girlfriend’s support is slightly below the requirement, you can cover your own costs if need be.

  47. #112 by Novak on September 11, 2014 - 1:30 am

    Hi,i applied for the cohabitation visa and i have got an orange card.After getting the orange card i enrolled in an university.But unfortunately me and my girlfriend are going to breakup shortly.Now they will take away this orange card.but i have already started my study in the university.Now will i be able to continue and complete my study even though I don’t have an orange card or i am not in the cohabitation process ?thank you in advance. And also if i am able to finish my study even after breaking up will i be able to apply for Belgian residency permit after completing my study ?

    • #113 by Alina on September 11, 2014 - 4:37 pm

      Since your Cohabitation Visa will no longer be valid, if you are a full time student you should be able to apply for the student visa that will allow you to remain in Belgium to finish your studies. If you live in Belgium for 3 years then you can apply for naturalization. At that point anyway that you can show that you’ve become a productive member of society helps like having a job, speaking the language, no criminal record etc.

  48. #114 by jude on September 10, 2014 - 10:30 am

    what is the positive effect when your gf declare pledge for financial support for you during your cohabitation process?will that make the immigration give a positive decision for your cohabitation procedure to enable you stay in Belgium permanently?

    • #115 by Alina on September 10, 2014 - 3:26 pm

      When you apply for the cohabitation visa you have Proof of Funds that you can support yourself OR a Pledge of Financial Support saying that your partner who has legal permission to live in Belgium will support you.

  49. #116 by jude on September 6, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    Thanks alot @Alina for d goodluck wishes.I am so sure it will be fine this time.I do really appreciate all your words of encouragemnet.

  50. #117 by cman on September 5, 2014 - 11:25 pm

    What a wonderful resource this is, really the only comprehensive and accessible one online. I myself have a few questions. My girlfriend and I are both American citizens and plan to move to Antwerp, Belgium in early January 2015. She has been offered a job at the University in Antwerp as a full time, post doctoral research assistant. I am planning on moving with her and the cohabitation VISA seems to be the best option for my entrance into the country, as I do not yet have a job. We have lived with each other for over a year, have been in a relationship (can be proven) for over 3 years and obviously plan on continue to be in a relationship. I have a couple of questions for you!
    1. Im fairly sure, but are there any other qualifications that I would need to present to be granted the cohabitation VISA?
    2. When would you suggest to apply for the VISA to give myself ample time to react to the process? (I’ve read on the blog recently that you suggest to apply while I am still in the United States)
    3. Would I be able to be granted a working or even student VISA while in Belgium even if I already have the cohabitation VISA?

    Thanks so much for your consideration and time!

    • #118 by Alina on September 8, 2014 - 2:39 pm

      My partner and I went under the exact same circumstances so hopefully I can help. As to your questions, 1. everything you need to apply should be in the document checklist. 2. I would apply in the US if you can. I was told I could not, but I have spoken to Americans who were able to it and it sounded a lot easier, also its possible that your girlfriends university will help with the process. 3. It’s very possible that you will not be able to work legally becuase your gf is there on a “temporary” academic visa, but it’s always worth a try. You will be able to go to school however without applying for a student visa, and if you wait a year you may even be able to pay the Belgian tuition price. Hope this helps!

      • #119 by cman on September 8, 2014 - 4:05 pm

        Thanks for the response, one variable though. She will not be on a temporary student VISA as she will be a full time employee of the university. Does this change my ability to get a work VISA while I have the cohabitation VISA?

        • #120 by Alina on September 8, 2014 - 5:09 pm

          Even as a post doc it is normally a special visa for “imported academic minds” or something and is considered a temporary visa even if she is staying for 3 years or so. Of course this is different if she will be a permanent staff at the university, but normally post-docs are temporary positions.

          • #121 by cman on September 9, 2014 - 2:42 pm

            I see, and you are right to the title of her VISA, it is the imported academic minds. If I was granted the cohabitation VISA, is it even possible to be granted a work VISA during the time that I have the cohabitation VISA?

          • #122 by Alina on September 9, 2014 - 2:50 pm

            Normally with the cohabitation visa, your ability to work is based on the visa status of your cohabiting partner, but I would highly recommend that you check with the employment department when you arrive in Belgium or before, just to make sure.

  51. #123 by jude on September 5, 2014 - 5:24 pm

    the proof we have now are:
    1.letters from friends and family members
    2.lease contract
    3.photos
    4.receipts of the things we bought together
    5.letter from the police that came to control my address.
    pls are this listed proof enough to make our case stronger?

    • #124 by Alina on September 5, 2014 - 5:27 pm

      It’s really hard to say and each case is different. I think you have a better chance this time though as you have officially been living together for one year now. All you can do is be as organized as possible with all of the necessary documents and present as much evidence as you can of the strength of your relationship when you apply. Good luck!

  52. #125 by jude on September 5, 2014 - 5:20 pm

    but we only have letters from friends and neigbours and also the receipt of what we both together and our names stand on the receipts and also some recent pictures we took now.We gave them some pictures before when we applied last year.My question is that since we ones applied before what are the proof we need to present again this time ,because we only gave them the old pictures we took and and when we went to give them the proof after 3 months the woman did not collect it from us she said we came behind schedule and we did’nt give them other proof apart from the photos we gave them the day of signed the samenwonen contract.But now we have alot to give to the commune including the letter from the area police that came to control my address last year.Pls what are my chances to get a positive answer this time since we ones applied?thanks for your anticipated reply.

  53. #126 by jude on September 5, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    Thanks alot.Lease men the house contract of me and my gf.our contract was signed by our patron february 2013 and we moved into the appartement march 2013.we have lived together for more than one year.But when we moved in me and my gf went to the commune to notify them for change of address but the commune the not send my gf file to the area police on time until August last year when the police came to control my gf address and by the time we went to the commune to put in for the samenwonen the woman that attendant to us said that the police we need to come and check me in I am living in that address before we can sign the samewonen contract.Luckily for me the police came two weeks later which was October last year and next month will make it one year since the police came to control my address.we even legalised our house contract march this year as adviced from my lawyer.

  54. #127 by Jacob on September 5, 2014 - 8:49 am

    Hi….I have been living with my girlfriend for 1 year and 1 month.And we know each other for 1year 7 months.So we can fulfill this 1year living together criteria.we have also ample proof to prove that we are in a serious relationship.Now there is one thing that i am not sure of if it will turn out to be a problem or not.We live in a 2room appartment.Me and my girlfriend living in a room.And there is a girl who is living in the another room.And we share bathroom and kitchen.But the house owner gave us 2 contracts.One for that girl and one for me and my girlfriend.Now is it going to be a problem that there is another girl sharing the apartment ? Even though we have two separate contracts.I am really looking forward to a reply.Thanks in advance.

    • #128 by Alina on September 5, 2014 - 3:13 pm

      I don’t see how this would be a problem at all. They mostly care that you can prove that you have been living together for 1 year and then with the police visit that you still live together, both of which you should have no problem with.

  55. #129 by Jude on September 4, 2014 - 10:10 pm

    What proof do we need to present to the immigration before my application can be approved?I cant wait to get back to the system again as soon as possible.pls I need your advice.Thanks

  56. #131 by Jude on September 4, 2014 - 10:04 pm

    Does that mean we will need to wait till december before we have to go to the commune again to apply for living together.Since we ones applied and I ones have my orange card,what option do you think is best for us?Because my lawyer said October will be ok since the police came last year to control my address last year October.pls I need your advice.

    • #132 by Alina on September 5, 2014 - 3:16 pm

      I would apply again as soon as you have actually been living together for 1 year and can prove that with your rental lease, or if you don’t rent, your police visit which would mean October.

  57. #133 by jude on September 4, 2014 - 11:38 am

    Because me and my gf went to the commune last year December to sign the samen- levings contract and I got my Orange card for 6months and after 6 month they sent me the decision through the commune that we did not have enough proof to backup our living together.now we are waiting till next month october when it will be exactly be one year since the police came to control my address and gave me the papers he signed for me to take it to the commune the day of our inscriving.do will need to wait till December this year or we can go and try it again with the proof of one year including the paper the police signed and gave to me when he came to control my address last year october.

    • #134 by Alina on September 4, 2014 - 3:35 pm

      Living together for one year is from the date on the start of the lease, so from the date you actually started living together, not when from when the police came.

  58. #135 by jude on September 4, 2014 - 11:31 am

    hi.i am cohabitating with my gf.next month october will be one year the police came to control me before we went for inscription in december.my question is that is it when the police came to control my address that it will be officially be one year or is it when we signed the samen-levings contract in december last year that it will be officially be one year because the police came to control me last year october and he gave me a document he signed and told me to take it to the commune for inscription with my Belgium gf?

  59. #136 by Kew on September 3, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    I came to Belgium on the feb 2014 and I have cohabitant status with the partner afterward because I was pregnant. We moved to Nederland in last September 2013. He ran away in August 2014 with someone from work in Brussels. He left me when I am pregnant and with 2 babies girls. He signed the contact in Belgium that the cohabitant status will give me financial support, is it obligated for me to get the financial support from him? What does the financial support contract means in Belgium? What can I do if he stop giving me the financing support?

    • #137 by Alina on September 3, 2014 - 2:50 pm

      Since he broke the cohabitation contract with you, he is therefore not obligated to give you financial support under cohabitation law. This is not my area of expertise, but he may be legally obligated to give you financial support if he his the father of your child. I would recommend speaking with a local lawyer about child support.

      • #138 by Kew on September 4, 2014 - 1:11 am

        I already talk to some people in Nederland, they can’t do anything about this because the contract was signed in Belgium. Is that any action I can take because I am pregnant now. We never sign anything to break the contract yet, how if I insisted not to sign that? Can he cancels the contract by himself?

        • #139 by Alina on September 4, 2014 - 1:20 am

          Unfortunately, the contract is void if either person leaves the relationship and can be broken by any time by either person. It’s similar to a marriage but does not carry the same legal obligations. The statement of financial support is just to make sure that non-legal resident will be financially supported if the Immigration Office approves your Cohabitation Visa application.

          • #140 by Kew on September 4, 2014 - 12:08 pm

            What should I do in order to continue to live in Europe and take care of my babies because they are both below 2 years old. Is that possible for me to get government support and alimentatie to raise my babies in Europe? Thanks.

          • #141 by Alina on September 4, 2014 - 3:37 pm

            I’m sorry I really don’t know. We only deal with cohabitation visas. I would advise speaking with someone at your local commune for the best advice.

  60. #142 by Maryam on September 3, 2014 - 10:56 am

    Dear sir/Madam

    My boyfriend(Danish) and I(Iranian) are cohabitated for six months now, and i ll receive my 5years residency within a month.\My boyfriend may have to go back to his country due to work situation , and I ll be staying in Brussels due to my studying. We do not want to break the cohabitation. Now my question is what happens to my residency if my boyfriend moves to Denmark? Can I join him to his country with my Belgium residency card,or would it be a problem for Brussels administration?

    Best regards
    Maryam

    • #143 by Alina on September 3, 2014 - 2:47 pm

      You should be able to visit him in Denmark with your Belgium residency card with no problems, but if you want to move to Denmark you will need to apply for residency there.

  61. #144 by Lydia on August 29, 2014 - 1:09 pm

    Hi!
    My friend has a question about cohabitation visa. Now, she lives in Belgium with her boyfriend for 2 year. They have some arguments. If my friend wants to stop the relationship with her boyfriend, does she need to go back her country. Normally, how long it takes to live as a couple before she can live in Belgium permanently.

    Moreover, i would like to know if it’s different with woman who came her with Marriage visa. How long time to live as a couple before she can stay here permanently?

    Thank you in advance

    • #145 by Alina on August 29, 2014 - 3:42 pm

      Since she has only been here 2 years, if she breaks the cohabitation contract now the Immigration Office will review her case to decide whether or not to revoke her visa. It helps if she has a job in Belgium and no criminal record. If you friend is from the EU or EEA she can apply for permanent residency after 3 years and if she is not then it’s 5 years.

  62. #146 by Mayan on August 23, 2013 - 10:10 am

    Hi! Normally my orange card expired tomorrow and we have a appointment on the district house on Monday,,.My question is if they send a post mail regarding we recieve negative decision for cohabitation when exactly they send it?before my card expired? Or they still posibility we recieve on monday?

    Thanks

    • #147 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 23, 2013 - 4:32 pm

      If your application was refused you should have heard already.

  63. #148 by Lambert - Philippines on August 22, 2013 - 2:17 am

    Hi i just had my interview yesterday and I also fill out a form about us to used by the police officer. I asked the interviewer about how long this would take to process but she did not give a definite answer nor a rough timeframe not even how many months etc. is that normal? Thanks

    • #149 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 22, 2013 - 6:26 pm

      It is different for everyone, but normally you will not receive your cohabitation visa until your temporary orange card expires which could be 5-9 months in some cases.

      • #150 by Lambert - Philippines on August 23, 2013 - 4:23 am

        Hi, I’m actually here in Philippines and lodge my application here 🙂 in your case how long it took for you to receive your cohabitation visa?

        • #151 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 23, 2013 - 4:37 pm

          I applied once I was in Belgium and the entire process took about 1 year.

  64. #152 by Unidastavozamerikaliqua on August 13, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    Hi I am an American and my boyfriend is a Belgian citizen. We have some questions:

    1) Do I have to apply for the cohabitation visa or does my boyfriend have to? Does it matter who applies for it?
    2) Do I have to be in Belgium to apply for the cohabitation visa?
    3) How long does it typically take to process it?
    4) If I receive my cohabitation visa, do I have to get a separate work permit or am I allowed to work right away with just the cohabitation visa?
    5) Do we need to have lived together for 1 full year or is it sufficient if we only have proof that we have been dating for 2 years?

    Thank you

    • #153 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 13, 2013 - 10:41 pm

      As to your questions:
      1. You are actually applying for the cohabitation visa, but you will need your partner there and his documents.
      2. I believe you can still apply in the US at some of the consulates.
      3. Once you have everything in the approval normally takes 6-9 months.
      4. You should be allowed to work with your visa because your partner is a citizen, but I would double check with your commune.
      5. Each situation is different and living together for 1 year would be best but in some cases if you can prove a strong relationship dating for 2 years is acceptable.

  65. #154 by Shinta on August 10, 2013 - 8:05 am

    Hello,

    I’m Asian cohabits with a Belgian and live in Belgium for 8 years now. We are on a situation that very close to break up. With f+id card can i still live in Belgium in a separate address from him?

    Many thanks,

    • #155 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 10, 2013 - 9:45 pm

      Unfortunately, your cohabitation visa is only valid while you are living with your partner, so if you want to live separately, technically you will need to apply for a new visa. Since you have been living in Belgium for so long you should be able to apply for citizenship.

  66. #156 by Lara on August 8, 2013 - 11:16 am

    Hello ! I would be grateful if you could give me a piece of advice, I was Au-pair in 2010, then in 2011 i made cohabitation contract with my bf. I received F card, I started to work and I have got a permanent contract as a nurse. My bf and I do not live anymore together ,unfortunately. There was a police control, but he was also not at home. So they are suspicious about our relationship, so my question is if they stop our contract , will I have any possibility to stay here and continue to work ? I am non-EU ctizen, it’s almost 2.5 year from signing the contract. thanks in advance.

    • #157 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 8, 2013 - 1:57 pm

      Your cohabitation visa is technically only valid while you live with your partner, but if you can wait until you have been living legally in Belgium for 3 years than you can apply for Belgian citizenship.

  67. #158 by JESUS on August 7, 2013 - 9:56 am

    My question is that how long does he take for the police control?and is cohabitation more faster in Brussel than other cities in Belgium? do the police have to visit our address before me and my gf can sign the cohabitation agreement?and what is the importance of an advocaat when applying for cohabitation with your partner?

    • #159 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 7, 2013 - 9:14 pm

      After you request the police visit you should receive a letter from the police within a month and then it depends on when you can schedule the visit. After that it could be anywhere from 2-4 weeks before the police send the forms to the commune. The the commune will send you a letter calling you to the commune. I would guess that the cohabitation process is faster in smaller communes. And yes, the police visit is the most important thing for the cohabitation contract because it is the thing that proves you two live together. Many people have gotten a cohabitation visa without a lawyer, so unless you have major problems that would be what I suggest.

  68. #160 by lyvimar on August 4, 2013 - 8:26 pm

    can i remain to stay in belgium even though im only 10 months her i have f card but the problem is my husband early past away,,do i have right to stay her

    • #161 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 5, 2013 - 6:55 am

      Unfortunately, if you have the cohabitation visa is only valid while you are living with your partner. However, there may be a grace period considering the circumstances while your visa is still valid.

  69. #162 by monica on August 4, 2013 - 7:05 pm

    I and the father of my child we did samen wonen and sign contract together on july 2010 and they give him f card map for five years but the problem now we are not the same address and we end up the contract on june 2013 due to relationship problem and the baby living with me not with him and am belgian citizen, my question is that is he going to lose is f card map or not and for the moment he is not working

    • #163 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 5, 2013 - 6:56 am

      If his visa is based on your relationship, when it comes time to renew he can now apply on the basis that you have a child together, but it might be difficult if you are no longer living together.

  70. #164 by Khan on July 30, 2013 - 9:50 am

    I live in Flemish part of Belgium. In my country the possibility of translation is only French. I went to gemeentehuis and they told me they will accept document in French when we go to declare cohabitation but when i have to ask for legal tittle then I have to translate document into Dutch. The question is from which institute they accept translation? Is there any authorize translator for MOFA?

    • #165 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 30, 2013 - 11:40 pm

      You will have to have your documents translated by a certified translator. You should be able to find a list of certified dutch translators with your commune or you could also try your embassy.

      • #166 by Khan on July 31, 2013 - 9:59 am

        Thanks for reply , Do i need to translate my passport as well? it is in French,english and Urdu.

        Regards

        • #167 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 31, 2013 - 10:53 pm

          You shouldn’t have to, usually it’s only documents, but if your commune asks you to of course you need to, it’s really up to them.

  71. #168 by mso on July 27, 2013 - 11:26 pm

    I am visiting my long term boyfriend who is a Belgian national and i have known for more than 2 yrs with records to prove we have been intouch.Although i requested for a 90day visa,i was only accorded 30 days, but on counting the days valid on the visa stamped on the passport its shows 45days.Well,i reported to the municipal council and was given a notification with an exit advise of exactly 30days,i have already spent half that time being 15 days here,and we strongly feel that we should live together,can we therefore apply for the cohabitation visa or will that affect my visa status?or is it too late?i reckoned its easier to apply from here instead of leaving and spending money on tickets trying to come back.kindly advise?

    • #169 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 28, 2013 - 9:19 am

      I don’t think you will have time but I would speak with your commune, but know that you must be there for the police inspection which will probably be after 15 days. After that, once you get the application in you will be given an orange card allowing you to live in Belgium while the decision is being made.

      • #170 by mso on July 28, 2013 - 1:39 pm

        Thanks alot for the response,we shall put our application as soon as possible,just a quick one…i presume the police inspection is after the application is put in,and an orange card issued there after?is there any time limit before my visa expiry to submit an application?

        • #171 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 30, 2013 - 12:57 am

          No, actually the police must come and verify that you live with your partner before you put in the application, because part of the application is the cohabitation contract verified by the police.

  72. #172 by ahmed on July 23, 2013 - 8:43 pm

    hello,
    I am gay, NON EU citizen but i have a residency permit in belgium for studying and i am asking whether i can invite my partner to live with me in belgium during my studing course,
    we are together since 4 years, there are alot of evidences that there were contact between us and we saw each others many times, emails and calls regularly everyday.
    what should i do to send him invitation visa to live with me during my residency and study course here,
    both of us above 20
    And we want to get married in belgium too , because in our homeland its forbidden
    thanks

    • #173 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 23, 2013 - 9:00 pm

      Unfortunately, since you only have a temporary student visa I don’t think that you can base a cohabitation visa for your partner on it. But you can always check with your commune.

      • #174 by ahmed on July 25, 2013 - 12:12 am

        okay but i am asking whether i can send him invitation visa to visit me from time to time.
        As i have a residency permit as student, could i send him invitation to visit me for a week?

        • #175 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 25, 2013 - 2:05 am

          I’m sorry this site only deals with the cohabitation visa, I would check with your local commune.

  73. #176 by Lillywhite on July 23, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    Hi, I hold an F card since October last year. My boyfriend is a belgian one. Can I work based on that type of card? as far as I know I should be allowed to work in Belgium, without needing a separate working permit.

    • #177 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 23, 2013 - 9:01 pm

      yes, you should be able to work since your partner is an EU citizen.

  74. #178 by jo on July 16, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    can someone put in for regularisation somedays before applying for cohabitation?will the person be legal after putting in for reguralisation before applying for cohabitation with his/her partner?and will d two procedure treated differently?can someone into a stable relationship with his partner put in for regularisation before applying for cohabitation?

    • #179 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 16, 2013 - 9:20 pm

      In most cases, your regularization application must be approved before you can apply for cohabitation.

  75. #180 by Marc on July 15, 2013 - 6:33 pm

    Belgium Cohabitant :
    You can apply for the cohabitation visa when one of you has legal permission to remain in Belgium. So if you have permission to live in Belgium then there should be no problem. If she is the one that has the permission and you are the cohabiting partner, it’s possible that just having permission to be in Belgium until January 2014 is not long enough. Also know that your cohabitation visa is only valid while your partner is allowed to live in Belgium.

    Thank you for your reply! Neither of us have a work permit yet, so we are still trying to get an employer to sponsor us… Confident though! Just a shame we are a few months early, as after Jan 1, she will not need to have an employer sponsor her work permit anymore and can just get a job like most other E.U. citizens… I will update just for shared knowledge how things turn out…

  76. #181 by jo on July 7, 2013 - 10:11 am

    pls,since I am illegal for the moment,how can I apply or get a student visa?I would have love to apply for the student visa.Do I need to go to my commune in Brussels to find out about the information on how to get a student visa.Thanks

    • #182 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 8, 2013 - 3:44 am

      Yes I would recommend talking to your commune, but so you know one of the main requirements is that you be enrolled as a student in one of the local universities.

  77. #183 by jo on July 6, 2013 - 9:27 am

    hello,pls my question is this.someone that was given an order to leave the country and he made an appeal against such an order within the 30 days of expiration of that order,will he/she have any problem with he/she apply for cohabitation with his/her Belgian partner?and my second question is that since I am illegal for the moment how can I beceome legal before I can apply for cohabitation with my gf.since my appeal is still running what Is the positive impact of my appeal?thanks for your reply in advance.I want u to guide me on how to go about this cohabitaion so that it can be successful.

    • #184 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 7, 2013 - 3:56 am

      There are several options for getting another type of visa to be allowed to remain in Belgium with enough time to apply for a cohabitation visa. Some of these options are, a student visa, working visa or a tourist visa. Each obviously has different requirements, and you might have to leave the country and then apply and re-enter. As for your appeal, that is up to your specific commune and I would suggest speaking with on if they will accept your cohabitation application while you have an appeal for your order in the system.

  78. #185 by jo on July 4, 2013 - 8:58 am

    me and my partner went to the commune in Brussels last 4 months to tell them that we want to officially leave together but the man we meet in the commune told us that my Name was not in the computer.I did not really understand what he meant by that.My question is this,even if my Name was not found in the computer don’t I have the right to live with my gf since I am illegal for the moment and my gf is a belgian and she has nice job with contract.we have known each other for more than 2 years plus and we rented an appartement in Brussels 4months ago and we have been leaving in this same address but is not official for now.do I need this services of a lawyer?and what impact can the lawyer make in this procedure to make everything okay?Because the commune said My Name was not in the computer,is that a major threat to our cohabitation aplication?pls I need your reply because is going to be very useful to me and my gf.thanks in advance.

    • #186 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 4, 2013 - 11:43 pm

      He means that you have not registered with that commune which you should have done within the first 8 days of arriving in the commune, this is always the first step. If you are not currently legally allowed to be in Belgium it will be very difficult to have your application approved. It’s best to be legally allowed in Belgium at least until you receive your orange card.

  79. #187 by jo on July 3, 2013 - 10:07 pm

    Hello,pls I need ur advice here.I want to applied for cohibitation with my gf with belgian nationality in Brussels, and my lawyer told me to get some document from my country and it was legalised by Belgium Embassy in my country and the document were in English and the document has ready be sent to me by post .now my lawyer told me to translate the documents to French or Nederlands.My question now is that do I need to legalise the documents again after it they have translated the documents to French or Nederlands?Because my lawyer told me that the court has to still legalise the documents in Belgium after translation.My second question is that is cohibitation process more faster in Brussels than in other smaller cities in Belgium?and long does it take for the police in Brussels come to control the address in Brussels.Pls I really need your reply because is going to be very useful and helpful to me and my gf.Thanks

    • #188 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 4, 2013 - 12:15 am

      As to your questions:
      – you should not have to legalize the documents again, once they have been translated by an certified translator, but make sure that you include the legalized copies as well as the translated copies in the application
      – the process will actually probably be faster in other communes than the Brussels commune because it is so busy
      – once you start the process it could take anywhere from 1-4 weeks for the police to visit you and then an additional few weeks after that before the commune will contact you for a new appointment

  80. #189 by columbus on July 3, 2013 - 9:34 am

    hi good day.please i need help from you. I have live with my girlfreind in thesame appartment for one year now.and we donot have a joint house contract, but we have some other proves like; telephone call, witnesses, e mails, photos,messagess from both parents. and some medical proves.so can we go for the cohabitation ?.thank you.

    • #190 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 3, 2013 - 8:42 pm

      Since you have lived together for 1 year already, if you meet the other visa requirements then you should be able to go and apply at your local commune.

  81. #191 by Marc on June 24, 2013 - 4:52 pm

    Im from the U.S., my partner is Romanian. She doesnt have a job yet and has to get a work permit for a job until Jan 2014, even though she is allowed to legally be in Belgium currently…
    My question is, does she have to have a job and work permit for us to apply for the cohabitation visa or not?
    I know that I dont being from the U.S., and she thought that she didnt, but today we got some confusing information from the commune and are unsure if she will have to have a job and work permit before we can apply..??

    • #192 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 26, 2013 - 11:58 pm

      You can apply for the cohabitation visa when one of you has legal permission to remain in Belgium. So if you have permission to live in Belgium then there should be no problem. If she is the one that has the permission and you are the cohabiting partner, it’s possible that just having permission to be in Belgium until January 2014 is not long enough. Also know that your cohabitation visa is only valid while your partner is allowed to live in Belgium.

  82. #193 by martins on June 21, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    plesae to apply for cohabitation visa do i need my passport.

    • #194 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 22, 2013 - 12:11 am

      yes, absolutely.

  83. #195 by Jones on June 8, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    Has anyone travelled recently with the orange card together with the passport outside of the EU and returned to Belgium successfully? (without your co-habitation partner). Thank you in advance for any helpful comments!

  84. #196 by James on May 27, 2013 - 4:24 pm

    Hi there, In my case I already have a valid work permit as a highly skilled immigrant and a residence permit. I have held these for 2 years now. I met a belgian girl a little under 2 years ago now and we are considering living together as we both don’t like the idea of marriage. Does me already having these permits make any difference in applying for a cohabitation before marriage visa.

    Thanks

    • #197 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 28, 2013 - 1:40 am

      Possibly, but only very slightly since the decision to grant the visa or not is based on the strength of the relationship between you and your girlfriend.

  85. #198 by Paula on May 23, 2013 - 7:11 am

    I’m Brazilian and have been in a relationship with a Belgian citizen for nearly four years. I hold a student visa for the moment and we are registered in the same address. Although we can prove that we have been together for all these years, I was informed at the municipality that I will only be able to request a cohabitation visa once we have been living for one year in the same address.
    I would like to know from which source the information on this website comes from, so that I can use it as an argument when doing a request for the visa. Thanks!

    • #199 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 23, 2013 - 8:01 am

      The information here is mostly from the Belgium embassy in the US. They are only meant as a guide and the requirements could be different for any other country. Also, I believe it is within the power of any commune to require what they will to determine the strength of the relationship.

  86. #200 by Lillywhite on May 21, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    Hi all,

    I would have some question about the cohabitation thing. I have my f card since october 2012. I know that I can travel with it and my passport wherever I can. What I would like to know is can I work with it in Belgium or do I need some other permit?
    And also I would like to know if its still the rule that after 3 years of living in Belgium I could apply for the belgian citizenship?
    I ve read on the official site that time spent outside of Belgium can be validated if I can prove I had genuine contact to friends or bf there over the whole time. I met my boyfriend in 2010, was in Belgium for 6 months and a lot of times in between also. Just I dnt know if that would mean that I could ask for the permit now ….

    • #201 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 21, 2013 - 11:26 pm

      Normally with the cohabitation visa your permission to work is based on your partners status in Belgium. And yes, you can apply for Belgium citizenship after you have been living for 3 years legally in Belgium. Since the cohabitation visa application decision is based on the strength of the relationship you will need to show everything that you can proving that you have a strong relationship, like letters, emails, photos etc.

  87. #202 by Tenzin on May 20, 2013 - 6:19 am

    I’m Tenzin and I live in Belgiuam since 2004.I’m in possesion of Belgian permanent resident and working in a belgian company as a warehouse keeper.I’m deeply in love with my sisters girlfriend in India.She is tibetan same as me.Last year during my holiday in India we have been introduced and every evening we chat on facebook.We decided to get marry.
    If anyone know…If I invite her on tourist visas and than can apply here for cohabitaion or marry here becoz in India court marrige I need more than a month but my annual vacation is only of 4 weeks maximum.What to do?. In a month I’m going on vacation again to India for 2 week.If she got pregnant…Is it would be easier to come here not?
    Please all informations are appreciated and earnestly thankful for that

  88. #203 by suman on May 17, 2013 - 8:51 pm

    what is f+ card if u have f+ card is that problem even u break. cohibitation contact .?
    .

    • #204 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 18, 2013 - 1:10 am

      If your F card visa is based on a cohabitation contract, then when you break the contract your F card will also be void.

      • #205 by suman on May 18, 2013 - 9:05 pm

        im talking about f+ card not f card

        • #206 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 19, 2013 - 12:51 am

          The result will be the same. The F+ card just means that you are in a cohabitation contract or reunion with a long term EU citizen, as opposed to someone with temporary permission to live in Belgium. In both cases, if you terminate the cohabitation contract your visa is no longer valid.

  89. #207 by suman on May 17, 2013 - 9:06 am

    my cohibitation with belgian gf is ends but i have still job but my income is 4000 euro per year and already i m working 3 years till now
    is that problem to me ?

    • #208 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 17, 2013 - 11:54 am

      Once you break the cohabitation contract with your girlfriend, your cohabitation visa will be void. In order to remain in Belgium legally, your employer will need to sponsor your visa.

  90. #209 by cindy on May 14, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    i have a girlfriend and we are planning to live together but she has a previous relationship with cohabitation contract and its not already end and she was only few months here.What is the best solution that we can do to be able to live legally and if its possible for her to stay her after she willl gonna declare or end the cohabitation contract with her previous relation? thanks

    • #210 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 14, 2013 - 11:54 pm

      Once she ends her cohabitation contract her cohabitation visa will also end. She will then need to find another reason to remain legally in the country so that you guys can live together for one year and then apply for the cohabitation visa together. Some options are, she could try to find a job, or apply to a University to get a student visa.

      • #211 by cindy on May 15, 2013 - 4:18 pm

        is it possible for us to get married after she will end her cohabitation contract?

        • #212 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 17, 2013 - 1:50 am

          It is possible, but the ministry might question the strength of the relationship if your partner has just ended another contract with her previous partner.

      • #213 by cindy on May 15, 2013 - 4:20 pm

        for example once she will end her cohabitation contract to her previous partner,how many months she can stay here before the government will ask her to go back to her origin??

        • #214 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 17, 2013 - 1:48 am

          She will probably be asked to leave Belgium very soon as her cohabitation visa would then be void.

  91. #215 by Hall on May 13, 2013 - 10:33 am

    Hello,

    My British girlfriend and I have been living together for over 4.5 years. I am a US citizen moving to Belgium from the UK for work. Can we apply for the cohabitation visa once we arrive in Belgium? We will bring copies of our leases that prove we have lived together for years. Would it be better to do apply once there or before from the UK. Cheers!

    • #216 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 13, 2013 - 11:29 pm

      The process might be smoother if you do it before you go in the UK, but it could take up to 9 months so if you don’t have time for that you can definitely apply in Belgium when you arrive and she will be able to remain in Belgium with you while the decision is being made.

  92. #217 by john on April 30, 2013 - 9:00 am

    sir i am a nonEU member: and i live with my girl freind.i donot have an orange card yet .And she is an EU citizen from romania .I am planning to go visit her parents in romania but i donot have an orange card.is it possible to go there with the white paper. thank you

    • #218 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 1, 2013 - 3:40 am

      Technically, you are not supposed to leave Belgium while your application is processing, but I had no problem when I left the EU with my orange card. It really depends on who your border officer is when you try to get back into the country. Your best chance is to travel with your partner and have all of your documents for you application with you, but there is always a risk you will not be let back in the country.

  93. #219 by Sam on April 30, 2013 - 1:29 am

    There seem to be conflicting statements on this website regarding the Age and Durable Relationship requirements. Based on information published on the website of the Embassy of Belgium in Washington, DC, it seems that partners need not necessarily have lived together for one year prior to applying for a cohabitation visa. Partners could also potentially get denied a cohabitation visa if either is under the age of 21.

    The embassy’s website states that partners must submit the following to meet the Age and Durable Relationship requirements:

    “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.”

    In other words, it seems as though partners may meet the Age and Durable Relationship requirements by proving either of the following:

    (1) that they are both at least 18 years old and have lived together for at least one year prior to applying for the cohabitation visa; OR

    (2) that they are both at least 21 years old, have known each other for at least two years, have had regular contact with each other, have met at least three times in the past two years, and that those meetings constituted a minimum of 45 days cumulatively.

    I do not know whether these rules apply solely to American citizens, but I do not see any information on the embassy’s website to indicate that they do.

    Source:

    • #220 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 1, 2013 - 3:31 am

      You are correct! The requirements for US citizens have recently changed and I am in the process of updating the website. Thanks for the comment!

      • #221 by Sam on May 5, 2013 - 6:35 pm

        Thanks for making this helpful website! I am planning a move to Belgium this summer to study for one year and will be applying for the cohabitation visa to stay with my partner there after graduating, so your hard work is very much appreciated!

  94. #222 by sadiq on April 29, 2013 - 8:56 am

    hi,how are you?pls,my woman is pregnant and i’ve got my orange as well but she hasn’t receive any response about her resident permit here in belgium.we are both not working presently and i just want to know if all this will not affect our unborn baby?as well as getting my 5years electronic card?is my child going to be a belgie since the mother is from netherlands(EU).can we both have legal status to stay here in belgium because of our child,pls?

    • #223 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 1, 2013 - 3:30 am

      Having a child in Belgium does not have any effect on either of your visas, and if the child is born in Belgium then you should have the choice have them be a Belgian citizen. If your partner is an EU citizen than she should not need a visa at all to remain in Belgium.

  95. #224 by Sally on April 28, 2013 - 4:12 am

    Hi

    I have known my Belgian boyfriend since July last year. I am an Australian citizen and we met on a tour in Australia. After that I visited him for 2 weeks in November. And he visited me again for 3 weeks in March 2013. So we have known each other for last 9-10 months and have been together for around 5 weeks. We chat everyday and have many photos, emails, text messages.

    What options can you suggest for us if we want to be together apart from getting married (its too soon to think of marriage) and student visa (as this is an added expense).

    Thank you for your time.

    • #225 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 1, 2013 - 3:22 am

      Unfortunately, for the cohabitation visa you really need to live together for year or at least have known each other for several years. If you can find a job in Belgium that would be one way, otherwise you could live together somewhere else for one year.

  96. #226 by jane on April 25, 2013 - 9:16 am

    hi i’m a student, with a belgian passport, and i have been with my boyfriend for about 2 years now, but we havent been living together officially, and his study visa has expired for a while now. we are planning on getting married when my study is done at the end of the year. please how do i go about getting him residency before then so you he doesnt leave the country. thanx.

    • #227 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 25, 2013 - 10:42 am

      His best options would be to get another student visa or to find an employer who would sponsor his Belgian visa.

  97. #228 by Benz on April 21, 2013 - 6:25 pm

    Hi all,

    I have a relationship with a girl from Philippines. She lives in Belgium, me too, I’m Belgian.
    She is here some months ago and she has a cohabitation visa : she lives with her bf, but she loves me and she wants to live with me. There is a solution for us?

    Thanks

    • #229 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 22, 2013 - 1:00 am

      Unfortunately, in this situation it will be very difficult to prove the strength of your relationship with her because she is in another cohabitation contract. You would need to live with her for one year first at the very minimum.

      • #230 by Benz on April 22, 2013 - 5:00 am

        Yes, but I can’t live with her… There are no solutions? The only solution is to go live in Philippines maybe?

        • #231 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 22, 2013 - 5:10 am

          She could break her cohabitation contract with her boyfriend and find another way to remain legally in Belgium for one year, or you both could live somewhere else together for one year.

          • #232 by benz on April 28, 2013 - 10:38 am

            If she had a work visa, she can stay here and live with me ?

          • #233 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 1, 2013 - 3:23 am

            If she found an employer who was willing to sponsor her for a visa on the basis of a job then yes of course.

  98. #234 by nori on April 20, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    Hi there

    I have a brittish passport and i want move to belgium
    I have been to Belgium byfore my fiance is albanian and we have a boy together who is 3 years old we been liven together 4 years but i dont have job in brussel cos im still in uk and i want to move to belgium i have savings have my house in uk i can give to rent in uk and im gone look for job in belgium and i want to know if my fiance can apply for cohabitant visa and if my fiance can work in belgium with this visa

    • #235 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 20, 2013 - 11:47 pm

      If your fiance’s cohabitation visa application is approved then he should be able to work since you are an EU citizen.

  99. #236 by Kim on April 19, 2013 - 7:49 pm

    Hello there, thank you for keeping up this useful website! I’m a South Korean and my partner is Belgian with a stable full-time job. We first met while we were traveling back in January 2012. And we pretty much got together right away. And we continued to travel together for the whole year (which was our option to stay together as a couple). As he has a good holiday option with his company, he extended his holiday to be with me and apart from the 3 months where he to go home to extend his holiday, we’ve basically lived together for the rest of year visiting 4 different countries.

    He had to go back to work last month and now we are in a long distance relationship with a very frequent contact (almost everyday). As we are both not really LDR people, I have decided to visit him in Belgium this June for three months and we are looking into applying for a cohabitation visa if I indeed would like to live there after my visit. We did think of the option of getting married but we feel it’s a little too soon and a bit of a drastic decision. So we decided to leave that as the last option.

    Now, if I add all the months we have been (and will be) physically together by the time of the application, it would add up to be roughly about 14 months. Do you think those 14 months can be recognized as minimum 1 year of living together in any country? (we can easily proof it even just based on the immigration stamps on our passports) Or does it have to be an uninterrupted year in one country? Please advice, your help is much appreciated. 🙂

    • #237 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 20, 2013 - 2:23 am

      Unfortunately, you have to prove that you have been living together for one year with an apartment lease or something similar which you would not be able to provide. I don’t think that there are any strict requirements other than being able to prove it, and your passport stamps don’t show anything about living together which is something different than traveling together. If you are still determined to apply I would at least wait until you have been together for 2 years and then, make sure that you really have a lot of other things to show the strength of your relationship: letters, emails, pictures etc.

  100. #238 by atabong on April 19, 2013 - 4:57 pm

    hey is a nice time talking to you.please my qutation is i am an african and i came to belgium last six months and ask asylum as a guy(homosexual).now before my procedure got finish i decited to change and give my life to GOD.thanks to the same GOD i found a girl friend whom i love so much.so can i do cohabitation with her? thank you

    • #239 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 20, 2013 - 2:20 am

      Once you have lived together for one year then you can apply for a cohabitation visa.

  101. #240 by nori on April 18, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    hi there all i need t know im albanian citizen and my fiance is british citizen s we meet in uk we have a child and we want to live in belgium i know she is a eu citizen but for me i need t apply for cohabitation visa and as albanian i dont need visa for 3 month stay can i apply for visa there and what documents i need

    • #241 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 18, 2013 - 1:36 pm

      Yes you can apply for a visa once you are in Belgium, just be sure to start the process as soon as you get there. See the document list for the documents you need. There may be some additional documents needed as the application is slightly different for each country, so I would check with your commune once you arrive.

      • #242 by ash on May 22, 2013 - 1:13 pm

        hi am a mauritian living down in belgium 1 year and a half without any permit but am working legaly with a proper work contract and part time declared work and even pay slips every month , ive got my girlfriend ( religiously married wife) she is latvian we hav e been together 3 yrs and a half he have a daughter aswell who is 2 yr old we r living in brussel she dnt work am working alone so she dont have a permit to stay in bruxelle aswell ; what i want is do cohabitation is it possible what are the steps what i have to do help please

        thanks a million

        • #243 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 22, 2013 - 11:01 pm

          If you have legal permission to be in Belgium, then you both need to visit your local commune and present the documents needed to start the process. A basic list is given on the documents list page.

  102. #244 by Vanessa on April 13, 2013 - 4:16 pm

    Hi, folks! Well I would advise, do not apply for Cohabitation! It’s not good for you in case your partner do not love you or you do not love him! When I applied for F card in july 2010, I didn’t even knew what type of card I was going to receive, and I did it for love and also because I had no option another to stay in Belgium with the men I love even with that stupid contract , or to go back to Brazil and to leave him forever, so I signed the contract for love. But then, I found out a lot about him that I didn’t knew before. And since he always searched for other women on internet, my love for him died 🙁 In july 2011, I was sure that I don’t love him anymore, but the situation was complicated. I told him that my love was gone, and after a big fight I left the house for 10 days, but unfortunately I had to come back to live with him, against my will, just because of the law that says ‘a non european person has to live in the same address of the Belgian partner in a cohabitation contract, so we would both need to have the same address in Belgium’! Now it’s already 2 years and 9 months (counting from July 2010) living in Belgium in the same house with my partner, but the ‘Samenwoning Contract’ was signed only in October 2010, so it will make 3 years in july that I live in Belgium, but officially only in October 2013. However we are no longer together in a ‘love relation’ even he tells me sometimes that he still loves me, we fight everyday 🙁 and that makes me sick! I don’t want have to go on like this anymore! I want to know when I can get away from here?
    Also I’d like to know if is that true that after 3 years living with him in Belgium, I can apply for a residence in Belgium? If I can ask for a permanent Visa? Help me please.

    • #245 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 14, 2013 - 12:58 am

      I’m sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunately you cannot apply for a separate Belgian Residence Card until you have lived in Belgium for 5 years. Your other options to remain in Belgium but not live with your partner, are to find an employer who will sponsor your work visa, go back to school and apply for a student visa, or find another way to get a different type of Belgium visa.

      • #246 by Li on April 16, 2013 - 9:11 am

        Can’t you apply for Nationality after 3 years of cohabitation?

        • #247 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 16, 2013 - 11:00 am

          Yes! I apologize the law was just changed last year. You can now become a Belgian citizen after you have been living in the country for 3 years. Thanks Li!

    • #248 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 16, 2013 - 11:01 am

      Sorry, yes after living in Belgium for 3 years you can apply for citizenship!

  103. #249 by 'bunmi sadiq on April 11, 2013 - 9:57 pm

    hi,i just want to know if i can work as a freelance with orange card,pls?i got a job but the owner says he can only do with freelance with me!.it’s urgent,pls!!.thanks

    • #250 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 12, 2013 - 6:57 am

      Whether or not you can work with your orange card depends on your cohabiting partner and their legal work status in Belgium.

  104. #251 by M on April 9, 2013 - 9:06 am

    My six months of waiting are almost up (hopefully they don’t tell me I need to wait another six months, I’ve heard that happens in rare cases). My orange card expires in a week or so. From you experience, did the commune contact you or should I just plan to go there on its expiration date? How soon did it take for you to get an actual ID card? And most importantly, do I need to wait for the actual ID card to travel outside Belgium legally or will I get a temporary document?

    Thank you for all of your help. I’m sure your guidance has helped hundreds (if not thousands) of people. Much appreciated!

    • #252 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 9, 2013 - 9:14 am

      They won’t contact you, so just go in on the day your orange card expires. Don’t forget 2 passport photos and some money for the small fee. They will give you a temporary paper, but you should receive a letter in the next 3 weeks or so summoning your back to the commune to get your official ID card. I would ask at the commune if you can travel with the paper before your ID card arrives, it should be OK though.

  105. #253 by Carla on April 8, 2013 - 9:21 am

    Hello

    I am Portuguese and i´m living in Belgium for more than three months withouth resident permit. My boyfriend is Belgium and we have a relation for more than 2 years and a half. I´m only living with him for 7 months here in Belgium because i was a student in Barcelona, having a distance relationship. I want to ask for the cohabitation visa, but they ask me proves that i´m not a married person. I´ve got already a document from my embassy proving that, but because i´ve lived in the past in Spain, England and Angola, they ask me also documents from that countries proving that i wasn´t married there! My question is: is that possible?

    • #254 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 8, 2013 - 12:21 pm

      Wow, that is quite a lot to ask. But if that’s what your commune requires for the application then you will have to get documents for each of those countries as well.

  106. #255 by Rudy on April 6, 2013 - 7:57 am

    Hi, I am a Belgian living for more then one year in China with my girlfriend. Later on my girlfriend will study in France (from September) but we probably will get the student visa much sooner. Before we will live together in Belgium, I wonder if i can register her in the city and after one year, she can apply for the cohabitation visa and residence permit. However in September we will live together in France during the school year. Of course we will visit Belgium often. I have read that the police will check every year if you actually live there or not, but studying somewhere else does not actually mean that you don’t live there, eg your domicile is in city X but you rent a room in city Y to study. Is this a valid situation to apply for the cohabitation visa?

    • #256 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 7, 2013 - 6:34 am

      You could do it, but you would both need to have the same address in Belgium, and then be there when the police comes to check to show that you are “currently living there.”

  107. #257 by Suparluck on April 1, 2013 - 7:09 am

    Dear Sir
    I have got visa in Belgium embassy Bangkok Thailand for visa cohabitation Tpy C look like tourist visa but on my passport BNL 1, VIS 0, BNL 16
    that mean i can fly oneway to Belgium? i have been worry because i have see they said visa for 90 days . If i got one way ticket i will have problems with Immigration at the airport?
    thank you so much

    • #258 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 1, 2013 - 7:33 am

      Officially, you are supposed to have a return ticket. When I came to Belgium from the US I had the 90 day tourist visa and I was not asked to show a return ticket. Maybe getting a train ticket to the UK would be cheaper?

  108. #259 by junior on March 29, 2013 - 3:30 pm

    i am a dual by citizenship from Sierra leone and Nigeria and i have been in a relationship with my Latvian woman and we have been together for 2011 november and i have resident permit here in italy and
    i have travel to see her twice and she has been here 4times.we have email and pictures and her family attestaion to prove this that we are been together this long.we wish to move to Belguim and we plan to live there we are even engaged as well for 6months now-so i will ask if its possible i apply 4 coabhition immediately she registers or we still have to stay sometime together in Belguim and secondly i wish to apply with my Nigerian citizenship cos my permit in Italy is on Sierra Leone does this have nay effect.
    thirdly will she need get a job b4 my application will be approved?
    i await your ernest response

    • #260 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 30, 2013 - 12:18 am

      Unfortunately, because you have not yet been living together for 1 year, your application probably will not be approved. You would need to live together for 1 year and then apply. Your other applications should not effect the cohabitation visa at all. And your partner might be able to get a job while the application is pending, depending on permission that you have to be in Belgium, it’s best to check with the local employment office for her job status.

    • #261 by Suparluck on April 1, 2013 - 2:40 pm

      But my visa holder is a cohabitation that mean i will long stay there in Belgium with my patner.you think i will have problems with one way ticket?
      Thank you so much

      • #262 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 1, 2013 - 11:44 pm

        If you already have the cohabitation visa then you should have no problems. But if you only have the 90 day tourist visa and you are coming to Belgium to apply for the cohabitation visa then you may need a return ticket.

  109. #263 by PNOY nurse on March 29, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    hello again,
    We have been trying to call the embassy in Manila but either it was always busy or it was just ringing.After a couple of calls in the immigration office here in Belgium that they were mentioning that the papers are still in Manila office they have just told me that the application was blocked for a reason they cannot disclosed to me.I was wondering what could have happened?and they mentioned that Il just call after 2 weeks they were going to unblock it again.that sounds weird but do you have any idea about it?
    thank you so much

    • #264 by PNOY nurse on March 29, 2013 - 3:07 pm

      and one more thing we were applying for a cohabitation visa and the lady told me that it was a kort verblijf, I wonder why she said that? I thought applying for cohabitation visa means that the visa is dependable on my visa?how does it happen to be a kort verblijf?

      • #265 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 30, 2013 - 12:20 am

        It is completely dependent on your stay but it is still a temporary visa. Also the first visa you receive is only good for a few months and then you go back when that expires and then the visa is renewed every year.

    • #266 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 30, 2013 - 12:21 am

      I couldn’t say, but things like this happen all the time. You just have to be patient, and persistent, so be sure that you call back in 2 weeks.

  110. #267 by hero on March 13, 2013 - 8:51 pm

    hi,how are you?i’ve got my living together contract and i want to move from where i’m staying with my woman because she’s pregnant but i’ve nt receive my orange card!.can i go and apply for it at the gemeente of where we are moving to,pls?

    • #268 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 14, 2013 - 8:46 am

      I would go and speak with your commune, where you can put in a chance of address form. You may need to have another police visit at your new apartment but that should be it.

      • #269 by Anonymous on March 21, 2013 - 9:40 pm

        thanks..guess i won’t have any problem because i got a letter regarding my orange,now!and i was asked to fax or e-mail my passport data page,visa&cohabitant contract through.i did and guess i will continue with the commune i’m moving to because i’ve got reference and file number.keepwell

  111. #270 by rubin on March 13, 2013 - 4:00 pm

    i am illegal in holland and living with my girlfriend who is dutch.we know each others more than 2 years now and live together 1 and half year in holland .we are now planning to move to belgium to live there .
    we can prove by email letters and pictures that we have been living together more than a year .
    what should we do when we are in belgium and what is actually the procedure to be legal in belgium ?

    • #271 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 14, 2013 - 8:43 am

      One of you must have legal permission to live in Belgium and then the other person can apply for the cohabitation visa to come with them. It would be best if you had something more official to show that you had been living together, maybe bills or a letter from your landlord, or a copy of the lease? The procedure for applying for the cohabitation visa is outlined on the process page.

      • #272 by rubin on March 15, 2013 - 1:03 pm

        hi thxs for ur reply . My concern is that in which way can I have legal permission to live in Belgium so far as my girlfriend is a EU citizien . iam illegal in holland so don t have any official papers.

        • #273 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 18, 2013 - 8:18 am

          You would need to find a way to become legal in Belgium. You could apply to one of the universities and then apply for a student visa, or find an employer than will sponsor you for the visa, or try to get a visitor’s visa.

  112. #274 by victoria on March 13, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    Hello,

    Good day!
    I am au pair before last year and i meet my belgian bf after two mos staying as au pair.Before when im still au pair we meet every weekends and holidays and also meet his family to know them.And now were living together after my visa expired as au pair in Netherlands last September 2012 to present but im living here in belguim with him illegally.My question is,once we apply for this visa how many chances we can get for my situation?
    Hoping to hear you and more power.

    • #275 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 14, 2013 - 8:42 am

      Your best chance would be to find a way to become legal in Belgium, and then apply in September when you have lived together for one year. If you have not yet lived together for 1 year and you are living illegally in Belgium, your chances would not be very good. But once you apply, you should have permission to stay in Belgium while the decision is being made.

  113. #276 by KatFran on March 13, 2013 - 2:37 pm

    Hello.
    I am going to ask for cohabitation visa soon please listen to my case.

    I have known my belgian boyfriend since october 2010 when I first came to Belgium as an aupair girl.We spent 13 months in Belgium together while I was living with my host family. Then I came back to my country Thailand on october 2011.My boyfriend came to visit me for 3 weeks here in Thailand and met my parents.Then summer 2012 I went to Belgium to stay with my boyfriend for 3 months and again another 3 months from december 2012 – february 2013.

    From October 2010 until today we have known eachother for 2 years and half, I know his family very well and He has already met my family.

    We are preparing the documents and all the papers,pictures ,email etc.to prove that our relationship is very stable and long term.

    I would like to know your opinions,what do you think my visa will be approved? How long will it take to know the result ?

    Thank you

    • #277 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 13, 2013 - 2:40 pm

      Since you have not yet lived together for 1 year your application probably won’t be approved. I have heard of it working for people without this however, if you can make a very, very strong case. Once you have everything turned in it can take anywhere from 6-9 months for a decision, but you should be able to remain in Belgium while the decision is being made.

      • #278 by KatFran on March 13, 2013 - 2:45 pm

        ”if you can make a very, very strong case”

        I am already out of clue.What else can i prove ?

        and I should be able to remain in Belgium while the decision is being made ? what do you mean by this ?

        I am sorry for my questions
        but I really want to make it through!

        • #279 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 13, 2013 - 2:48 pm

          To make your case as strong as possible, you need to do your best to show the strength of the relationship through letters, emails, pictures, letters from your parents, and anything else that could help show this. But you also need to think about your chances because being denied the visa could look very badly for future applications. If you are already in Belgium and applying there, you will receive a temporary card that will allow you to stay in Belgium while the decision is being made.

          • #280 by KatFran on March 13, 2013 - 2:51 pm

            Thank you
            I am going to ask for a visa from Bangkok, Thailand.
            well yes we will do our best to show the strengh of the relationship!

            thanks again 🙂

  114. #281 by PNOY nurse on March 13, 2013 - 8:20 am

    Hi,
    We had already applied for the visa last January 16,2013 and we are still wondering that we haven’t heard anything from it yet. I have tried to call the immigration office here in Belgium and they said that the parcel is still in the office of the Embassy.Do you have any idea what takes the papers too long to arrive here in Belgium?and are there any possible things to do?
    hope to hear from you again.Thank you

    • #282 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 13, 2013 - 12:26 pm

      If you have already applied and police have come to your home, then will probably be waiting 5 months or more. If you never hear anything, that’s a good thing, you just need to return to the commune when your orange card expires!

      • #283 by PNOY nurse on March 16, 2013 - 8:33 am

        but the papers are still in the Embassy in Manila.I tried to called to the immigration here in Belgium and they said that it has not yet arrived here in Belgium.my partner is not yet here, He is still in Manila.any idea what took it so long?

        • #284 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 18, 2013 - 8:12 am

          Unfortunately, things often take a very, very long time to process in Belgium. I would recommend contacting the sender in Manila and ask if they sent them, and if they have a tracking number or anything. They also could still be making their way through the Belgium system if they have already arrived in Belgium. But, if the commune says that they don’t have them yet, there isn’t much that you can do.

          • #285 by PNOY nurse on March 21, 2013 - 4:41 pm

            Is it possible if one of the requirements is not correct,will it be a cause of the delay for the paper to arrive here in Belgium?

          • #286 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 22, 2013 - 1:46 am

            That could be a possibility. It’s also possible that it has already arrived in Belgium, but it has not been put in the system yet, or the office has not been notified. As I mentioned things can take a very, very long time to process in Belgium so be patient.

  115. #287 by Misha on March 5, 2013 - 12:44 am

    Hello! I really appreciate to those information, very helpful! I still have some questions though. I’m Japanese, my bf is French, and we’ve been together for 3years 4months. We haven’t lived together, but saw each other more than 45 days in the past 2 years. He’ll be a student in Belgium in this year(he’ll study as PhD and will earn money from being resercher.), so I’m thinking to get Cohabitation visa. My concern is that we can prove that we’ve been in stable relationship for more than 2 years, but doesn’t match to “living together for a year”. Is it possible for me to get Cohabitation visa?
    Thanks!

    • #288 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 13, 2013 - 4:52 am

      You will probably not be approved for the cohabitation visa because you have not yet lived together for one year. You could always apply for a different visa and then after living with him for one year in Belgium, apply for the cohabitation visa.

  116. #289 by galen on February 28, 2013 - 2:57 pm

    Hello there, very useful. I have a question. My gf and I
    have been together for a full year, can prove it, and have seen each other more than 45 times over more than 3 visits in the last year. We haven’t lived together in the same country for a 1 because I am American and she is Italian (registered in Holland though). She is moving to Brussels. Can I apply to a cohabitation, and yes we will cohabit, even though we haven’t lived together due to being american and italian?

    • #290 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 28, 2013 - 4:27 pm

      Unfortunately, you probably won’t be approved for the cohabitation visa until you have lived together in the same place for one year. I would suggest trying to apply for a different visa that would allow you to live in the same place, and then after one year apply for the cohabitation visa.

  117. #291 by dacrown85 on February 27, 2013 - 9:26 am

    Hello I have just been told by mail that my resident card is cancelled by my school in a schengen country. At the moment I am in Belgium with my Fiance and our baby of 5 months old. We have been together for about 20 months. The problem is I am illegal as it stands but my Fiance is an Eu National residing in Belgium as a student for more than 1 year. We have two options get married or declare cohabitation. Which do you advise? we have a stable relationship and I need to regularise my stay Thanks in ADVANCE.

    • #292 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 27, 2013 - 1:14 pm

      Deciding to get married or not is a very personal decision, but if you have already lived together for one year than the cohabitation visa should allow you to remain in Belgium for the duration of her visa.

  118. #293 by adil butt on February 27, 2013 - 1:17 am

    respected sir i am a esylum seaker and i live in belgium last 2 year 3 month and i am working last 1 year 7 month and i pay tax for the belgium government i have one belgium girlfriend if i live together and make same adress if possible i get a 5 year card for belgium because if i have a card i start my business in belgium

    • #294 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 27, 2013 - 1:13 pm

      Once you have lived together for one year, you should be able to apply for the cohabitation visa which will allow you to remain in the country as long as you are in a relationship and living in the same place

  119. #295 by Sahil on February 23, 2013 - 9:19 pm

    I m living illegally in Belgium, 6 months ago I’ve applied for asylum but after registering my application I did not go for interview as it was required, and I left the centre without informing them, now I want to apply as a dependant upon my maternal uncle who is a British citizen and moving to Belgium next month, I was only 6 months when my father died and my mother has remarried, since then my uncle is paying all expenses for me, I m from Pakistan. Now I want to know that is it possible that I submit my documents along with my uncle because he is starting a new business in Belgium .what should I do?

    • #296 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 25, 2013 - 5:52 am

      You may have problems because of your past dealings with Belgium immigration, but I would suggest applying for a cohabitation visa as a dependent of your Uncle.

  120. #297 by Suman on February 21, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    Hi
    I applied belgium citizen. I already send my birth certificate with other supporting. Document. But they ask me translate birth certificate again is that possible to translate that birth certificate here in belgium ? It was all legalised birth certificate in my country with English which I used in cohibitation process before 4 years ago. Now still I used this birth certificate en translate in nederlands,french, german only here or I have to translate in my country en again legalised ? But my country they only translate in English not here language so I’m confused. Plz help me. If u have any idea wat to do

    • #298 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 22, 2013 - 4:50 am

      Usually, a legalized document must be from within the last 6 months, so in this case you will probably need to get a new one. As for translation, I would try the your embassy in Belgium to help you find certified translators.

      • #299 by suman on February 22, 2013 - 9:48 am

        so new legalized birth certificate translate here in belgium ? am i right ?

        • #300 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 22, 2013 - 12:23 pm

          Yes, if the commune requests it you will need a new legalized birth certificate that is translated into one of the accepted languages. It does not have to be translated in Belgium, but it might be easier that way.

          • #301 by suman on February 23, 2013 - 11:55 am

            thank u very much . when i get a new legalised birthcertificate in my country then i have to translate here in belgium with sworn translater. then again i have to go to legalized here my country embassy or what ? but my birth certificate is english. not here official language .

          • #302 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 23, 2013 - 2:13 pm

            Once you have a new birth certificate, it needs to be legalized in your own country. Then you can translate it into whatever language your commune will accept either in your own country or in Belgium. Some communes will accept documents in English so I would check with yours first.

  121. #303 by PNOY nurse on February 21, 2013 - 8:56 pm

    “In case of approval, applicants have to produce an original medical and travel insurance valid for all Schengen countries.This insurance should cover a minimum of 30,000 Euros and should cover the validity of the visa.”
    I still dont understand this. Do you have any idea about this?do we have to look for insurance agencies and present the said insurance if ever in case the visa is approved?
    Hope to hear from you,thanks

    • #304 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 22, 2013 - 4:47 am

      I believe that it is a general requirement for any Belgium visa to have medical insurance. If you are the dependent you should be able to get insurance through your partner.

  122. #305 by Walid on February 21, 2013 - 7:38 pm

    Dear, Thank you for your much appreciated efforts!
    I have few questions that I hope you can answer. I am not from the EU and I have finished my Master studies in Belgium and started looking for job. However my residence permit expired in the meantime. I’ve been illegal for the last 6 months. Can I apply for cohabitation visa with my belgian girlfriend from inside the belgian territories? Or can I get married to her given my current status?
    If not and I have to become legal first, am I still allowed to accept job offers in Belgium without having the need to leave the country? Does my employer have the right to apply for a work permit without me leaving?
    Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks. Walid.

    • #306 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 22, 2013 - 4:52 am

      I would recommend trying to find a way to become legal in Belgium before you try to apply for the cohabitation visa, but I am not completely sure about marriage. If you can find an employer that is willing to vouch for you in the visa process than that is another way to become legalized, whether they would sponsor you as an illegal resident depends on the employer.

  123. #307 by PNOY nurse on February 20, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    Hi,
    I find your site very helpful. I would like to know How long is the duration of the Cohabitaion Visa? If granted, is it also possible for my partner to stay here in Belgium as long as I am here?
    hoping to hear from you soon
    thanks

    • #308 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 20, 2013 - 4:47 pm

      The cohabitation visa is valid for the dependent as long as they are in a relationship and living with their partner, and while their partner has legal permission to remain in Belgium, so it could be forever. So if your partner is the dependent and they are granted the cohabitation visa then they will be able to stay in Belgium for as long as you have permission to stay in Belgium and you are in a relationship and living together.

      • #309 by PNOY nurse on February 20, 2013 - 5:06 pm

        that was a fast reply 🙂
        I am alrready living here in Belgium for almost 2 years now and by August I will be a 5 year card resident holder. Does that mean that the visa of my partner is always dependent on my visa? and He is not legible to have his own visa? just like the residence visa?

        • #310 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 21, 2013 - 4:12 am

          He will have his own residence card but because it is a cohabitation visa it means that he is allowed a visa on the basis that he is cohabiting with you, so it will always be linked to his living situation and your permission to remain in Belgium.

          • #311 by PNOY nurse on February 21, 2013 - 5:31 am

            thank you for your reply,
            If it is always linked to my permission in living here in Belgium does that mean that he is not entitled to have a Belgian citizenship if we decided to stay here?

          • #312 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 21, 2013 - 5:34 am

            If you decide to stay and apply for citizenship, if he is approved it will no longer be linked to you.

  124. #313 by PRAV on February 16, 2013 - 2:57 pm

    PRAVIN BHALLA :
    Hi
    I am gay with British passport. Lived most of my life in London. Now retired and got married to my long time partner of Belgium Nationality in Brussels in 2012, and am living here with him permanently. Although I am a resident in Belgium now, but have no Residency card in hand. I have applied for Belgium Residency Card, as without it, I find it difficult to function here. My state pension from UK is only 200 Euros per month- But married partner is on a Good Belgian Pension. So together we have enough to live, but The commune office says my monthly income is less to acquire a Residency here for me. I agree it is less, but now that I am living here permanently with my married partner is also my reality–According to them it will have to be the Internal Affairs Ministry to decide, if I will get my Residency or not. We both have been running around to and from Commune offices for the past 2 years, and now they still are not sure if the decision in July 2013 by the Internal Ministry of Affairs will be in my favor to allow me to have the Residency card in Belgium or not! I feel I am a EU UK Citizen, married to a Belgian Citizen, and yet feel I can’t even open an account, as I have no Residence proof-It all sounds so confusing and uncertain, Can someone with similar circumstances help please!! Many many Thanks.

    • #314 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 17, 2013 - 1:23 pm

      If you are applying for a visa on the basis for cohabitation, your income should not matter if your Belgian partner can declare you as a dependent. Then the relevant income would be your partner’s not yours. In many cases a cohabitation visa decision can take a very long time, but you should be given temporary permission to remain in Belgium while the decision is being made.

  125. #315 by PRAVIN BHALLA on February 14, 2013 - 12:19 pm

    Hi
    I am gay with British passport. Lived most of my life in London. Now retired and got married to my long time partner of Belgium Nationality in Brussels in 2012, and am living here with him permanently. Although I am a resident in Belgium now, but have no Residency card in hand. I have applied for Belgium Residency Card, as without it, I find it difficult to function here. My state pension from UK is only 200 Euros per month- But married partner is on a Good Belgian Pension. So together we have enough to live, but The commune office says my monthly income is less to acquire a Residency here for me. I agree it is less, but now that I am living here permanently with my married partner is also my reality–According to them it will have to be the Internal Affairs Ministry to decide, if I will get my Residency or not. We both have been running around to and from Commune offices for the past 2 years, and now they still are not sure if the decision in July 2013 by the Internal Ministry of Affairs will be in my favor to allow me to have the Residency card in Belgium or not! I feel I am a EU UK Citizen, married to a Belgian Citizen, and yet feel I can’t even open an account, as I have no Residence proof-It all sounds so confusing and uncertain, Can someone with similar circumstances help please!! Many many Thanks.

  126. #316 by Joy on February 4, 2013 - 10:03 pm

    Hi good evening im asain 38 yrs old i have bf live with him am already 1 month here in belgium .. We went to commune but they will not yet allowed to registered me coz they need the prove of my anullement papers . Im illegally live with my bf theres no problem to stay with him till we start proccessing my annulment in belgium.. Or could i fin job here as cleaning house even no id card . Thank i hope you can help me a bit information about my situation thanks..

    • #317 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 5, 2013 - 1:02 am

      If you are staying illegally in Belgium now, you might have a problem when it comes to processing your application, but it is up to the commune, so if they say that’s it’s ok to stay and wait for your papers than you should be fine. As for work, you will have a hard time finding someone who will hire you with no work permit. There’s always a small chance that someone would be willing to hire you illegally, or less likely be willing to sponsor the visa process for you as your employer.

    • #318 by pravin on February 17, 2013 - 5:22 pm

      Many Thanks for the info–I guess I should wait and see-Am sure it will be all ok in the end!

  127. #319 by Suman on February 2, 2013 - 5:11 am

    Hi
    I just want to ask u im living together with belgian gf since 2009 . Im non eu im legally cohibited ( samen wonen) since 2009 but now my Gf wants to seperate me . Can i be still legal status even she levend me but i have part time job legally more than 3 years Tooo . Wat is THE best option to me ? Thanks

    • #320 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 4, 2013 - 7:18 am

      Unfortunately your current legal status is technically only valid while you are in your current relationship and living with your girlfriend. If you want to move out and remain in Belgium you will need to find another way to obtain a visa. You could possibly speak with your employer about this, or become a student.

      • #321 by suman on February 4, 2013 - 12:23 pm

        i understand but i have 5 years f card how to get permanet card. is that permanent card? thnks

        • #322 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 4, 2013 - 1:18 pm

          The cohabitation visa is valid as long as you remain in a relationship and living with your partner, and only as long as that partner has legal permission to remain in Belgium.

      • #323 by suman on February 15, 2013 - 11:45 am

        hello some one told me when u living together with belgian partner u can apply permanent residence i mean f+ card. after 3 years is that true .? just repply me

        • #324 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 15, 2013 - 3:53 pm

          You can apply for cohabitation after you have been living together for 1 year.

  128. #325 by Anonymous on January 25, 2013 - 2:26 pm

    Dr Abdul Wajid :
    I am medical doctor and i am pakistani. i am student at ULB. i married with lithuanian girl according religion islam in 3rd august 2010. we live together since september 2010. we have one daughter. we applied for cohabitation in commune. i want to know that this procedure how much time it will take and after it i would be able to work here in belgium.

    • #326 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 25, 2013 - 4:25 pm

      The cohabitation process usually takes anywhere from 6-9 months for the ministry to review and process the application. If you don’t currently have a work permit, your ability to work is based on your cohabitation partner and their status. You might be able to get a work permit with the cohabitation visa, if your partner has a more permanent work permit in Belgium. The best way to find out about your specific situation is to visit the foreign employment office in your city of Belgium.

  129. #327 by Imran on January 18, 2013 - 9:07 am

    Imran :
    Hi my name is imran . im in relationship with Belgian girl since march 2012 and we start living together as from August .till here i had my orange card from brussel because before moving here in Leuven i lived in Brussel.in the end of August i got order to leave the country because my asylum procedure ended. Before i got order to leave the country they approved my address on the same place where my girl friend was living,but in the system they can see me as resident of leuven and my address is still with her Lawyer says im Lucky because my procedure is over and they should stop my file in the system . But may be because i put appeal against order to leave country ? My question is
    we are almost 6 months living together on same address but we didn’t declare in the Gemeentehuis as cohabitation . After living together in August we have plan to declear cohabitation and then ask for legal status my gf is work and making more then 1400 euro we dont want to declear cohabitation because it too dangerious if they catch me then i have serious problem because then they will have my passport and etc . will it work ? at the moment i dont have any status .Im from Pakistan .

    • #328 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 18, 2013 - 9:22 am

      Because your situation is so complicated and risky, I would continue to consult with your lawyer and try to get into the system as soon as possible that you are applying for cohabitation. But you should also know that you can keep your passport while your application for cohabitation is being processed.

      • #329 by Imran on January 18, 2013 - 9:37 am

        Thanks for answer …
        but i want to ask same question but in different view :
        to apply for legal status i must live together with here offcially samenwones and then apply for tittle or it is also possiable live on a same address after one year declear in gemeentehuis and next days ask for legal tittle because we live together for one year .we are living together we have fb emails and pictures to prove also friends . im using sim card that is on her name it has benifoit of friends and family calling for we can call each other for free … (why this because now they dont have any of my identity documents when we apply for cohabitation we need to give every thing nationality certificate birth certificate etc etc )

        • #330 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 18, 2013 - 10:44 am

          you apply for the legal status after you have signed for a legal cohabitation. The applying for a visa based on that legal cohabitation document is what requires that you prove that you have been living together for one year. The legal cohabitation document just proves that you are living together which you can sign after the police visit your apartment and verify this.

          • #331 by Imran on January 18, 2013 - 11:22 am

            Thanks for answer but i still have a confusion . we are living together and police came to check and they approved my address .But we dont went to gemeentehuis to ask official samenwonen . we are living together on same address thats it .is it still counting ou 1 year or we need to live officially together to count one year. other thing NARIC recognize my diploma as bachelor of informatica . can i study and obtain a student visa ? thanks in advance for ur time

          • #332 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 18, 2013 - 12:03 pm

            If you want to apply for the cohabitation visa you need to go to your commune and specifically ask for the police to come to your apartment to verify that both of you are living there. If they just came to verify your address for something else this doesn’t count as the same thing. Once the police have visited and verified for the commune that both people live there then you can sign a cohabitation agreement and then apply for the cohabitation visa. When you apply for the cohabitation visa then you need to show that you have lived together for 1 year already. If you are accepted as a full time student into any of the universities in Belgium, then you can apply for a student visa.

    • #333 by Eva on January 18, 2013 - 9:41 am

      I suposse the question is realy: Is living together for 1 year enough to proof “wettelijk geregistreerd partnerschap”. As per Belgian law, to proof a strong relationship, the couple should live together for 1 year. But is this official living together, declared at city hall or living both on the same adress (also declared at city hall)?

      • #334 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 18, 2013 - 10:47 am

        Living together for 1 year is only one part of the application, but it is a very important part. You can prove this in various ways, either with documentation from the city hall or a lease in both your names. In order to sign the legal cohabitation document to start the process the police will need to visit your apartment first to verify that you are still living together.

  130. #335 by hodan on January 14, 2013 - 2:56 pm

    im 5months pregnant been in living in holland for a almost a 5years zonder verblifsvergunning im now at my boyfreinds house and wi have asked to live together legally will be i be able to be granted the visa or orange card we dont have any proof to to proof that we have been dating long.?

    • #336 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 14, 2013 - 5:19 pm

      You must be able to find some proof. Any pictures, emails, letters, or written proof from parents will help.

  131. #337 by joy on January 11, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    this feb.1 year living together in the same addres with my belgian boyfriend but i didnt recieved yet my card,i am waiting the result.now im pregnant 2 months is it possible to tell in city service that i pregnant or after i give birth?if incase i recieve the temporary card is it posible also to work even though im pregnant.hope u can help me thanks.

    • #338 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 13, 2013 - 5:05 am

      If you think it might help your application, you could always go back to your commune and ask to add some information to your application. Whether you can work or not with the temporary card is different in each case, you should be able to because your partner is an EU citizen, but the best way to find out is so visit the foreigners employment office in your city. The one in Brussels is in the North Station.

  132. #339 by Nasilda on January 9, 2013 - 8:37 am

    thanks for this webside. i’m albanian and i live with an italian in belgium (i have a long term italian permit and can stay 3 months in belgium), we are doing the documents for the cohabitation légale, but at the commune they need 1 month for the cohabitation and 6 months from the ministry to say that our relationship is stable and real. Can I work during this period??? thanks a lot

    • #340 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 9, 2013 - 8:45 am

      Every situation is different, but once you get your orange card you may be able to work if your partner has a permanent reason to remain in Belgium.

  133. #341 by Harry on January 8, 2013 - 2:45 pm

    I am an Armenian and my partner is French, we live together in Armenia. As my partner has to move to Belgium we are wondering what is the best legal way for me (as Armenian – non EU) to live with him in Belgium. One possibility is marriage and the other is cohabitation. With regards to cohabitation how we can prove that we have been living together for one year in Armenia. There is no possibility to get utility bills or lease agreements to both our names.

    • #342 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 8, 2013 - 2:47 pm

      You might try to ask your landlord to write a notarized letter attesting to the fact that you lived together there for one year. Also letters from your parents might help. Also each of you could find dated letters sent to you at that address.

  134. #343 by richy on January 8, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Thanks for all the info here,i have a belgian gf,we did apply for cohabitation,i got an orange card,but i fear cos we have not lived together for one year as the rule states,but my gf is pregnant for me,and we did register the pregnancy already with the commue,will they approve my paper for the permanent residence on the bases that she is pregnant , even when we have not lived together for a year ?? thanks as i look for your advice

    • #344 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 8, 2013 - 11:55 am

      Every case is different, and the fact that your girlfriend is pregnant will help your application but nothing is guaranteed.

      • #345 by richy on January 19, 2013 - 10:12 am

        i went to the commue to ask them what will happen when my orange card expires , if they will contact me or i have to come without appointment , they gave me appointment to come a day after my card expires ,and to come with 17 euros and 2passport pics , dose it mean i have being approved of my application ? just curious

        • #346 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 19, 2013 - 11:39 am

          Usually no news is good news. So if you show up and no one says anything, you should be all clear!

  135. #347 by AsianGirl on January 7, 2013 - 3:14 pm

    Hi! Thanks for all the information here its really help a lot!
    I have a question and its really bother me a lot! We started to apply the cohabitation i still have a valid visa, they get my document as prove that I’m single,, What makes me so worried is they said that the control(police) come 2-6weeks,, and now its been four weeks already since we apply to commune.. My visa will end soon and the control still did not come to check me,, do i get any problem of it if they check(control) me then my visa already expired? please reply,, Thanks

    • #348 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 7, 2013 - 3:29 pm

      You could have problems because you probably won’t get your temporary orange card before your visa expires. You did already start the process though so it should be enough. if you are really worried about it I would ask your local commune, but you should be fine.

      • #349 by AsianGirl on January 7, 2013 - 4:25 pm

        we already asked the local commune,, and they sent an email that it will be fine even the police came to check me if my visa is expired already though im still worried about it.. But can i still get or the commune still will give a orange card even my visa already expired?

        • #350 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 7, 2013 - 4:31 pm

          If the commune said it was fine then you should have nothing to worry about and no problems getting your orange card even if your visa has expired.

  136. #351 by Wikl on January 5, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    Hi good day… I just wanna ask. What is the minimum income requirements for the EU to start a fiancée or cohabitation visa? We have all the papers already but just to much afraid to start coz we might get rejected because of insufficient funds.. Please help us.. Thank you. My bf gets +-1900 € per month. Ty

    • #352 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 5, 2013 - 2:54 pm

      I’m not sure if there is a strict requirement, but I would think that you would be fine with 1900 per month.

  137. #353 by Brittany on January 4, 2013 - 11:39 am

    I am a U.S. citizen and my boyfriend is Belgian. He was a foreign exchange student in the U.S. 4 years ago and that is when we met and started dating. I studied in Brussels for an entire year two years ago and at that time I lived with my boyfriend and his parents. I have also returned to Belgium three times since then and stayed with them for about a month each time. What I am wondering is if it is going to be a problem that we plan to live with his parents again in the beginning when I return to Belgium and start the cohabitation Visa process? He has a job and we can prove that we have been in a relationship and I even speak Dutch so everything else seems to be no problem, but will it be a problem that where we want to live is with his parents and not in a house or apartment of our own?

    • #354 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 4, 2013 - 11:42 am

      It shouldn’t be a problem as long as you can show that you are now living together in Belgium.

  138. #355 by Mike on January 3, 2013 - 8:35 pm

    I currently am on month 3 of having the orange card after having applied for cohabitation. My mother is visiting my partner and I in Belgium in February and we’d like to take a long weekend to Prague. I heard I may not be allowed to travel outside of Belgium until the six months of having an orange card are up. 1) Can you confirm if this is really the rule and 2) How strictly is it enforced, especially since we’ll be travelling within Schengen? I’ve travelled to the NL since getting the orange card, but that was by train and car. This time it will be by plane.

    • #356 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 4, 2013 - 12:40 am

      You should have absolutley no problems because there is no border control within the Shengen area.

  139. #357 by white on January 1, 2013 - 10:09 pm

    And is it advicable to employ the services of an Advocaat when someone in doing the legal cohabitation in Belgium.I just want to know the important of an Advocaat here.Bcos some people will tell you that a Lawyer is important when you are starting the Legal cohabitation while other will say the otherwise.Tnks

    • #358 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 2, 2013 - 3:40 am

      If you meet all the requirements you can easily apply without a lawyer, but in your case because you are staying illegally in Belgium a lawyer might be a good option.

  140. #359 by white on January 1, 2013 - 10:04 pm

    Plz,My question is dat how can someone become legal in Belgium before he/she can start the legal cohabitation?But even if the other person in illegal can’t he/she do legal cohabitation in Belgium as long as the other partner is legal with Belgian or Dutch Nationality.Pls I need your opinion on this.thanks

    • #360 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 2, 2013 - 3:39 am

      There are several ways depending on your situation, you could leave the country and then apply for a Shengen visa in your own country, you could enroll in a university and apply for a student visa, you could try to get a job in Belgium etc.

  141. #361 by white on December 31, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    Pls can someone leaving in Belgium illegally do cohabitation with his Gf with a dutch nationality with any problem from the commune?and how long does it take to get reply from the commune?thanks

    • #362 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 1, 2013 - 2:51 am

      I would not recommend applying for the cohabitation visa if you are already illegally in Belgium. The best action is to find a way to be legal in Belgium at least for the few weeks that you need to start the application.

  142. #363 by white on December 31, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    Hallo,I have a Gf from Ivory coast with Dutch Nationality and we have been dating for two years now but we have not lived in d same address.But we do visit each other also we do take pictures also with dates.We want to officially do the cohabitation now in Brusssel.Plz which document do we need to provide in d commune?how long does it take before d police control and also to get the orange card from the commune?what do we need to show to the police when he come to control our address?Plz Your reply is very helpful here.thnaks

    • #364 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 1, 2013 - 2:49 am

      It seems that each case is different. Normally having lived together for 1 year is a strict requirement, but I have heard of people being approved if they have known each other for 2 years and can show that the relationship is very strong through emails, letters, pictures etc. All the documents that you need to provide to the commune are listed on the documents page. The timeline for how long each thing takes is also on the Process page. When the police visit you, you only need to show that you both live there and provide your passports.

  143. #365 by paul on December 31, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    Hallo,u said that is difficult to get a cohabitation visa if the two people have not lived in the same address for one year.But d law says u can also prove that both people have known each other for atleast 2 years with fotos with date including d testimoniesof friends.I know of two people that just did d cohabitation without leaving together in d same address for one year but they have been dating for two years because they were able to prove it with fotos and other proves including testimony of close friends.

    • #366 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 1, 2013 - 2:45 am

      I have always heard that you need to both have been living together for 1 year AND known each other for 2 years, but if you have heard of people being approved for the cohabitation visa with just knowing each other for 2 years, that’s great, thanks for sharing! As always the more evidence you can present to show the strength of the relationship the better!

  144. #367 by paul on December 29, 2012 - 10:52 pm

    And Which Document do We need to submit in the commune to get our procedure started?

    • #368 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 30, 2012 - 11:25 am

      All of the documents on the document list.

  145. #369 by paul on December 29, 2012 - 10:49 pm

    hello;I am leaving in Belgium illegally and I have a Belgian Gf and We have been dating since one and half Year now,but We have not been living together in same address but We want to officially apply for the cohabitation now.My question hope We can apply for the cohabitation now since We have been dating for one and half year now?Plz ur reply will be very useful.Tnks

    • #370 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 30, 2012 - 11:24 am

      you probably will not be granted a cohabitation visa because you have not been living together for 1 year and this is a very important part of the application.

  146. #371 by Cal on December 19, 2012 - 4:48 pm

    Hey, sorry to keep asking orange card-related questions. When you came back into Belgium after traveling outside Schengen, did you show your orange card to the border police? The guy at the commune said try not to show your orange card whilst travelling. If they ask me why I’m coming to Belgium, do you think I should I say I live here (show the orange card) or rather say I am just here for tourism? idk. Also, say the worst case scenario happens and they don’t let me in on the grounds that I traveled outside of schengen, what are the ramifications? Any idea? Thanks so much!

    • #372 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 19, 2012 - 5:09 pm

      I did show them my orange card when I re-entered and said that my application was processing. But you could also just come back in as a tourist and hope that they don’t notice that you haven’t been outside of the Schengen area for the required 90 days, which they probably won’t notice. The worst case scenario would be if they didn’t let you in and you had to pay for transportation to a non-Schengen country and couldn’t come back for 90 days.

  147. #373 by AMY on December 15, 2012 - 5:22 am

    WOW! Reading all this make me feel that am not alone. Thank you very for your support. First for all, my case very different from everybody else. Am US citizens living in US. I have a fiance who is living in Belgium illegally. Am thinking about moving to Belgium permanently and legally. How will i be able to live in Belgium legally and receive their Permanent resident card? Thank you.

    • #374 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 17, 2012 - 11:59 am

      Unfortunately with the cohabitation visa it will only work if one of you is legally allowed to reside in Belgium. This means that either you or your partner needs to find a reason to be given a Belgium visa.

  148. #375 by Cal on December 13, 2012 - 11:06 am

    hey, I have an orange card but I need to leave the EU asap for a family emergency. Any insight on how to get a re-entry permit? any information you can provide me with will be of the the utmost value. thanks!!!!!!!!

    • #376 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 17, 2012 - 11:58 am

      I never had any troubles re-entering, I just told them that my application was processing and I was always with my partner who did have a valid Belgian ID card, but I think it depends on your border officer. So if you want to be really safe you should apply for the re-entry visa.

      • #377 by Cal on December 17, 2012 - 3:14 pm

        thanks for your advice! i spoke to an official at SPF Intérieur (after inquiring at the commune) and they say it is impossible for Americans to get a re-entry visa, as Americans don’t need an entry visa in the first place. the officer says i could take the risk in traveling outside of belgium, but it is not technically legal. i don’t know if i should take the risk. we are flying brussels-london-singapore-london-brussels. how did you travel? by plane or train? did you ever have to deal with belgian customs? or did you just deal with other schengen customs? i worry that maybe belgian customs will call me out on traveling with the orange card, whereas, lets say, french customs agents won’t actually know. your opinion and advice will be very valuable, so thank you in advance! 🙂

        • #378 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 17, 2012 - 3:38 pm

          I traveled by train and also flew to the US and back. So each time I had to speak with a Belgian officer at re-entry. And I never had any problems, but make sure that you are always traveling with your partner who does have a legal Belgian ID card.

          • #379 by Cal on December 17, 2012 - 4:30 pm

            My wife hasn’t received her Belgian id card yet, but she has a Belgian national registry number and an EU passport. do think it will be ok if i travel with her? thanks again for all your help. the service you provide is fantastic.

          • #380 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 18, 2012 - 3:50 am

            It’s really hard to say, as I mentioned it depends on the border officer you speak to. Because right now she really doesn’t have anything solid to show. Whether you travel or not is up to you, I would guess that you would be fine but I would make sure to bring anything you could to show that your application is in process. Like your cohabitation contract and her Belgian contract if she has one or anything else to show that she can legally reside in Belgium.

  149. #381 by Sophie on December 11, 2012 - 8:56 pm

    Hello,
    Reading all this makes me feel like we are not alone, thank you for this website.
    I am French and my boyfriend is American. We have been together 4 years, spent 2 years in the US. We have been living in France together for 2 years now, with both our names on the lease. But we would like to move to Belgium in Spring 2013 and apply for a cohabitation visa.
    I am concerned because he is been illegal in France after the expiration of his visa. Does he have to go back to the US to apply for a visa for Belgium or can he apply for it in Belgium? We just do not have enough money to pay for the trip and his stay in the US during the visa process and we would like to take care of it in Belgium.
    He does not have a job but I earn 1250E net/month, I have an account with around 12 000 E and I can have my parents write a letter of guarantee until he finds a job in Belgium. Do you think it could be enough? I feel like we are eligible to a lot of criteria but the fact that he does not have a job to show for and has been illegal in France concerns me.
    Should we try to apply for the visa in Belgium and see what happens? Thank you very much!

    • #382 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 12, 2012 - 1:26 am

      It sounds like you have a pretty good case, and he should not need a job as long as you agree to support him and the letter of guarantee from parents always helps as well. He just needs to make sure that he has health insurance from you or by himself. As for being illegal in the Schengen area this could be a problem. Another option would be for him to go to the UK for 90 days and then re-enter Belgium on a new 90 day visa.

  150. #383 by ekow on December 10, 2012 - 7:31 pm

    hi there, first of all thanks for the info and assistance that you’re offering here, i couldn’t get out much help from so many lawyers that i’ve spent money on. i’m a 20 year old Ghanaian and my girl is a belgian and she’s 22, we just got married about a week ago and we were legally living together(wettelijk samengewoned) for a year before we got married, now i can’t even get an orange card because the gemeente is saying that i’m not 21 years old yet, is there anyway around this? considering they allowed us to get married legally here in the same gemeente.

    • #384 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 11, 2012 - 1:12 am

      I’m not 100% sure about a visa after marriage but for a cohabitation visa you only need to be 18 years old. It should be the same for your visa.

      • #385 by ekow on December 11, 2012 - 8:02 am

        thanks for the response.i also forgot to add that i already applied for a regularization over a year ago but still got no response, do you know if my getting married will aid in a positive outcome? and also with regard to the cohabitation visa, do i have to pursue it through a lawyer?or is it something my wife and i can do on our own?

        • #386 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 11, 2012 - 9:40 am

          Since you did not marry an EU citizen it shouldn’t have much of an effect. Also the cohabitation visa is not an option for you because it is only for people who are not married.

  151. #387 by PaulD on December 5, 2012 - 6:27 am

    Hey, one more quick question: When you traveled with your orange card, were you already over the 90/180 Schengen rule? Furthermore, did you travel through the UK? I know the UK Border Agency is quite rigorous in checking passports…

    • #388 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 5, 2012 - 8:12 am

      I was over the 90 days within 180 days rule and I did travel through the UK, but I traveled by train which can be less strict and I was always with my partner who had a valid Belgian ID card.

  152. #389 by Martin Aguero on November 29, 2012 - 6:09 pm

    I revise all the cases, and maybe my case is different.
    I am Colombian PhD student with PhD contract at a Health Institution in Antwerp (1500 Euros/month) supported by the Belgian International Cooperation. My family (all Colombians: wife, my two little sons) and I got the VISA for a long stay in Belgium (from February to December). But, recently we knew that my wife is pregnant, her delivery will be in June-July. I should finish my PhD program this year in Belgium, but this is changing our plans.
    If we decided to travel, what will it happen when we arrive in February and have to register to the commune for the residence card? Will we receive the residence card until December or only until before the delivery or our residence card will not be approved? Can she deliver the baby in Belgium?
    I will appreciate your suggestions and possible alternatives.

    • #390 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 3, 2012 - 2:11 pm

      The residence card will only be valid until the end of your contract or one month after. In order to get a longer visa you would need to negotiate a longer contract, or find another legal reason that you should be allowed to remain in Belgium.

  153. #391 by Mayan on November 27, 2012 - 7:56 pm

    Hi! Thanks for all the helps here! But I have a question, It is still okey if we apply for samenwonen and my Visa end in 1month. I mean if the control(police) comes to check and my visa is less than a month will expire is there a pôssibility that we will get a problem for applying? Thanks!

    • #392 by Belgium Cohabitant on November 28, 2012 - 4:47 am

      It could be very close, because after the police come it can still take several weeks to get your temporary residence card. I would try to start the process today and also maybe think about applying for an extension on your visa.

      • #393 by Mayan on November 28, 2012 - 9:14 pm

        It is possible to apply an extension of my visa even im an aupair here in belgium?
        Thanks

        • #394 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 3, 2012 - 2:08 pm

          In order to apply for an extension you would need a job as an aupair set up.

  154. #395 by alex on November 27, 2012 - 7:46 pm

    how long does it take temporary residence to permanent residence when u living togther with belgian gf? thnks if u repply

    • #396 by Belgium Cohabitant on November 28, 2012 - 4:46 am

      it can take anywhere from 5-9 months.

  155. #397 by Lester on November 18, 2012 - 9:56 am

    HI,
    I am from Asia and I have a bf for almost 8 years
    I am working as a nurse here in Belgium for a almost 2 years now. I am planning to bring him here and stay with me here in Belgium.We dont have the chance to live together because we are living in a very conservative country.I want to bring him here.hope you can help me. Thanks a lot

    • #398 by Belgium Cohabitant on November 21, 2012 - 12:35 pm

      The living together for 1 year rule is quite strict so you would need to find a way for him to come here and live with you for 1 year first. Since you have been together for 8 years you could always try to apply and hope that it would be enough, but it is pretty risky and having a denied visa does not look good on future applications.

      • #399 by asian on November 21, 2012 - 7:21 pm

        will it be difficult for two men from non-eu country to live here eventhough I am already living here and I have decent work to provide for him here and Does the letters, emails and messages(txt, facebook and skype messages) wont be enough to prove that we have been togethe for 8 years?, Are the remittance papers also not enough to prove that I am supporting him?I hope to hear again from you,

        • #400 by Belgium Cohabitant on November 21, 2012 - 7:24 pm

          If you have already lived together for one year, then you will have a very good chance. If you have not, you might want to think about trying to live together for 1 year before you apply.

          • #401 by asian on November 21, 2012 - 7:32 pm

            is that the only option?to live together to be approved for the visa?then it will be really hard for us since I am working here and he is back there in the Asia.who will decide if the visa will be approved or not? the Immigration here in Belgium? thanks for your reply

          • #402 by Belgium Cohabitant on November 21, 2012 - 7:34 pm

            It is possible, but it is very difficult to get approval without having lived together for one year, also if you are denied it can look poorly on any future applications. You can appeal a denial but it can be a long process with little results. The visa is approved based on the perceived strength of the relationship by the immigration office in Belgium.

    • #403 by solo on November 25, 2012 - 7:24 pm

      hi my friends i really need to know what gonna happen to me?
      i was living with my girlfriend 2 year ago and we applay for livingtogether contract i got my 6 month card and after that i got my 5 years card, and my girlfriend want to break up with me and she want to break the contract and im already have a job for more than 1 year, i just want to know what gonna happen to me if she gonna break the contract now
      thnks

      • #404 by Belgium Cohabitant on November 28, 2012 - 4:45 am

        Unfortunately your cohabitation visa is only valid while you are in a legal cohabitation relationship with your girlfriend and you are still living together. if you break up, technically you will need to find a new way to get a visa for Belgium. This is of course if anyone would ever check, but your job might. Maybe you could get a visa through your job?

  156. #405 by sanidimi on November 14, 2012 - 1:19 am

    first of all i want to say you are really doing a great job helping all these people!
    now i have read through almost every comment left here and i think i went from having hope to having none at all…
    here is the deal:
    i am belgian and my girl is from serbia (non-eu country).
    we are being forced to have a long distance relationship because we both need to survive (work/make money). But this long distance is eating us alive… we really can’t go on like this!
    we have to live together and both working (hopefully in belgium).
    studying is also not an option.
    we haven’t been living together for 1 year and we don’t want to “get married for papers”
    my girl is also not a journalist, nor top-athlete, and she will not make €37721/year,….
    now when i’m reading all this it sounds like my own country is forcing me to move away for 1 year…
    this all is really frustrating as i’m seeing 1000 people of all kinds of nationalities who can’t even speak english in my daily surroundings and my own cityhall refusing to give me descent information.
    is there anything i can do ?

    • #406 by sanidimi on November 14, 2012 - 1:37 am

      if i can understand this correctly:

      1° ofwel tonen de partners aan dat zij in België of in een ander land ononderbroken gedurende ten minste 1 jaar vóór de aanvraag hebben samengewoond;
      2° ofwel tonen de partners aan dat zij elkaar sinds ten minste twee jaar voorafgaand aan de aanvraag kennen en leveren zij het bewijs dat zij geregeld telefonisch, via briefwisseling of elektronische berichten contact met elkaar hadden en dat zij elkaar in de twee jaar voorafgaand aan de aanvraag drie keer ontmoet hebben en dat deze ontmoetingen in totaal 45 of meer dagen hebben geduurd;
      3° ofwel hebben de partners een gemeenschappelijk kind.

      i just need to prove that i know my girl for 2 years and that we are in contact and that we have been together for at least 45 days ?

      • #407 by Belgium Cohabitant on November 21, 2012 - 12:34 pm

        And also that you have lived together for 1 year somewhere.

    • #408 by Belgium Cohabitant on November 21, 2012 - 12:33 pm

      I’m afraid that the rule of living together for one year is pretty strict. And if you don’t want to live somewhere else with her, than you will have to find a way for her to legally come to Belgium to live with you for one year. Since the easiest way though a student visa is not an option for you, she would need to find a job or an internship or long term visa that would allow her to stay for 1 year and live with you.

  157. #409 by Wonder on November 8, 2012 - 8:38 pm

    Hello.

    Your site is very useful. I hope you can give some advice for my case too. I have applied to get marriage with a Belgian man. After finishing the interview in the city hall , the interviewer said even if my wedding application is approved, I may not automatically receive the permit to stay because my future husband’s is retired now. And without permit to stay, I cant find a job yet. Actually, for some reason my husband last year already proved to them that his income was 1400E ( His pension and from partime job)

    Should I panic about their threatening? In case they do not issue the visa, can I do something about it? Or I will have to leave then?

    Best Regards and Thank you!

    • #410 by Belgium Cohabitant on November 21, 2012 - 12:31 pm

      I think that you should be ok if your husband can still prove the income to support you, but it is always possible that they could deny you permission to stay. If they do however, you can always appeal the decision with the help of a lawyer.

  158. #411 by Fem on November 5, 2012 - 9:58 am

    Hello,

    first of all my congratulations for this very helpful website. I have been reading through the posts but I am still in doubt about my own situation. I am a belgian citizen, born and living in Belgium. My boyfriend who recently moved in with me, has been staying in Belgium for several months while his 90-day visa already expired. So in fact he is staying illegaly. Can we apply for a cohabitation visa (in a year) while he does not have a valid visa to stay here (which also gives a problem to find work etc)? Or does he has to return to his country and then come back to receive again the tourist visa of 90 days so we can arrange the papers?
    So at this moment his name is not on any paper of the renting contract, doorbell, and so on because he has no valid visa. Can we prove then next year that we have been living together for more than one year? Either way they will know that he has been living in Belgium illegaly while staying and living in my place…

    • #412 by Belgium Cohabitant on November 21, 2012 - 12:25 pm

      I would not recommend that your boyfriend apply for the visa while he is living in Belgium illegally. Instead I would try to find a way to extend his current visa or to get him another visa like a student visa that would allow him to stay for longer. At the time of application you must be able to prove that you have been living together with an official lease or document.

  159. #413 by pcr on October 22, 2012 - 12:22 pm

    i would like to inquire if i will be able to stay here in belgium if me and my bf get married? we are 1yr in a relation and we always have communication to fone(calls/sms),chat and always spend time on weekends together,his salary was low and my contract as an aupair is until march next year, he was just confused if i can stay if we get married or not. because we already ask the requirements that we will be needing to get marry and salary was nt been asked, not like in samenwonen u need to earn a min of 1290+ as i remember. hope you can help us on our situation.

    • #414 by Belgium Cohabitant on October 22, 2012 - 6:23 pm

      If your marriage application is approved, and your husband is an EU citizen or has legal permission to remain in Belgium than you should be able to remain in Belgium with him.

      • #415 by pcr on October 23, 2012 - 11:06 pm

        Thank you for your quick reply. his salary was only on 1000 euro per month and he get it from his disability, can i be able to stay in Belgium and will they give me an orange card after we married? your answer will really help us on our situation. thank you

        • #416 by Belgium Cohabitant on October 24, 2012 - 2:52 pm

          Again, it depends a lot if your husband is a Belgian or EU citizen, or has legal permission to remain in Belgium.

          • #417 by pcr on October 24, 2012 - 3:49 pm

            Goodafternoon, thank you for answering my question. He is a Belgian Citizen.

  160. #418 by Kaylen on October 18, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    So I’ve been preparing for this visa… and we get here and we went to a social commune place to get advice on the process and they said we were ineligible to apply because my partner is here on a student visa. He still will be issued a residence card in a month here, so I’m confused why that is different than any other resident… Any ideas? They said we could apply for the family reunification visa, but he’ll have to get a job and accumulate 3 months of payslips…. and I’ll never be able to work… Do you happen to know the general amount that your partner has to have to support you when applying for the cohab visa?

    • #419 by Belgium Cohabitant on October 19, 2012 - 12:37 pm

      I would guess the difference would be that the cohabitation process can take up to 9 months, and a student visa is a very temporary type of residence. Normally it is not just an amount but usually your partner must have a job to show a continuing income.

      • #420 by A.H. on October 21, 2012 - 6:45 pm

        I was informed that for family reunification visa, the monthly income of your partner must be more than 1,257 euros per month.

  161. #421 by Sabrina on October 13, 2012 - 4:01 pm

    Thank you so much for the useful information!
    I arrived in July so my 90 days will be end of the month. We have everything ready now, missing only the “cohabitation legale”. However, we are still waiting for the police visit, and the person at the Commune tells me that it might take another 3 weeks or so. So my question is: is it okay to submit all the documents after the first 90 days? Will the Commune still accept them and issue me an orange card then? Thanks so much!

    • #422 by Belgium Cohabitant on October 13, 2012 - 4:43 pm

      Since you will be close to the 90 days I would think that you would be ok. But if you are worried about it you can always speak with your commune and just ask for an extension of your tourist visa in order to complete the application process.

      • #423 by Sabrina on October 15, 2012 - 12:04 pm

        Thank you. We will try to do that!

        I have another 2 questions–
        1) Are all the documents valid for 6 months from the date of issue? (Some of my documents were issued in July before I came here, so they will be past 3 months by the time I submit them along with the Cohabitation Legale.)
        2) Some of my documents are in English, such as credit card bills (to show the address) and proof of insurance given by the insurance company. Do I need to have them translated into French?
        Thank you so much!

        • #424 by Belgium Cohabitant on October 15, 2012 - 3:13 pm

          Yes I believe that 6 months is the case for the other documents as well. But your passport must be valid for 15 months more when you apply. Whether you have to translate your documents depends on where your commune is located. I lived in Brussels and did not need to translate anything from English.

  162. #425 by Aa on October 9, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    Hello…Thanks for great and helpful blog!
    I really need some advice. This is my situation:

    I am from asia and I hold (LLM) master law diploma from EU, my BF French nationality Belgium resident. we know each other almost 2 years but we officially living together less than 1 year.
    we already applied for cohabitation back on 10 February 2012 and I already have orange card (attestation d immatriculation) which was expired on 9 August 2012.
    Unfortunately we got bad new that our cohabitation was rejected because not enough prove and I have to leave the country with in 30 days after 9 August 2012.
    Now we hire lawyer to help us. The lawyer will not appeal against the decision but he will re-sending the documents for review (fever) based on Law 15 December 1980 art. 9 bis especial exception for foreigner. The lawyer ask us to submit more prove such as emails (I did submitted), photos (I did subbmitted) and more importantly he ask me to submit work contract (I dont have yet).
    The lawyer told us that ´work contract´ is the most important thing and he can not start the process without it. Getting work contract without work permit it seems like mission impossible to me at the moment.

    My questions are:
    – is there no other way that my cohabitation will be approved without having a work contract? how many chance do I have?
    – what other solution that you advise me to do?
    – if i am staying illegal until February next year (at that time I am already more than one year stay together) can I apply for family reunion or shall I start the cohabitation process again?
    – is there any information from people who succeed to have work contract without work permit?
    I am welcoming any advice, tutorial and assist how to obtained work contract without work permit.

    Thank you very much

    • #426 by Belgium Cohabitant on October 11, 2012 - 5:26 pm

      – Since you have already been denied your second application needs to be very strong, and a work contract would really help make it the best that it could be.
      – Another option would be to try to get a student visa to remain in Belgium and live with your boyfriend for one full year
      – I would not advise staying illegally in Belgium and then trying to apply for the visa, because the commune would know immediately that you had been staying illegally in the country
      – I don’t know too much about this but I have heard that it is very difficult to get a work contract without a permit

      • #427 by Aa on October 15, 2012 - 7:31 am

        Thank you for the advises.
        To sum up, you were advice me to have a working contract though you agreed with me that it will be very difficult.
        Besides try to get student visa in order not staying illegal for one year.
        Is it merry will be an option as well even though my visa already expired?

        • #428 by Belgium Cohabitant on October 15, 2012 - 3:11 pm

          I think it might be difficult to apply for a marriage if you are already staying illegally, but I would speak with your commune directly.

    • #429 by Alex on October 13, 2012 - 8:00 am

      Don’t worry u stay with ur bf in the same address till 1 year then apply again u can get it
      I have same problem but now ok

      • #430 by Aa on October 15, 2012 - 7:44 am

        Hi Alex,
        Thanks for your advice.
        It made my fighting spirit on fire again.

        So, you mean I should stay illegal until 1 year then apply for another cohabitation again?
        Are you sure you dont have any problem in the commune when they noticed that you were staying illegal before when you re-apply again?
        I really would like to know more in detile how do you manage to be succeed.

        • #431 by paul on October 16, 2012 - 5:04 am

          Aa , when you did apply for the cohabitation , was your partner working full time ? in your first application did you submit picture proves ? and were you able to submit letters of attestation from friends and family that they know you both ? just checking on why you were denied , and how you can reapply with more proof

          • #432 by Aa on October 17, 2012 - 9:40 am

            Paul, yes he has one.
            When I applied cohabitation last time I only submitted some letter of attestations but I did not submit pictures of any other proves. I believe that is why they denied because of lack of prove. I knew that was my mistaken beside the very limited information that given by the commune.
            Thanks though for your input. I really appreciated.

            Somehow the advice of Alex below gives me another hope:

            Alex :
            Don’t worry u stay with ur bf in the same address till 1 year then apply again u can get it
            I have same problem but now ok

            I am still waiting for more explanation on how Alex manage his cohabitation to be accepted after being denied at first.
            I think we were the same boat. I hope the result at the end will be the same as well 🙂

            Regards
            Aa

        • #433 by Alex on October 27, 2012 - 9:58 am

          But my case I got negative decision first time because I’m living same address but I don’t have enough proof to get the cohabition u need 1 year living together under the same address, u need other sort of critearia to fullfill the case strong. But at that time I couldnot show them to proof when I got negative decision then I have months orange card the city hall asked me to return back this card n they give me one paper which paper defines the reason why I get negative decision after tat I took lawer then he told me u have to appeal again the case again after 1 month I got second orange card. Before finish my second orange card which also valid 5 months. Then I have already 1 year living together in same address after tat Minister of immigration send me letter I have. One year living together. That’s why they give me 5 years card like that
          E

  163. #434 by ROSE on October 9, 2012 - 11:36 am

    Hi i want to ask we just finnish notarize my transelated paper and we have to pass this in commun and after that the police come to my place for interview..what is the next step?we wer together in the same addres for 10 months,my bf is belgian..i dont know if possible they can give me cohabitation visa??

    • #435 by Belgium Cohabitant on October 9, 2012 - 3:34 pm

      After the police visit they will contact your commune and then the commune will send you a letter in the next 2-3 weeks asking you to return to the commune with all of your documents. Technically you should be living together for 1 year for the cohabitation visa, but I would guess that by the time they look at your application you will have been living together for 1 year.

  164. #436 by Solo on October 6, 2012 - 7:58 am

    Hi,

    I went through some of this process and now, I am in Gent. When I and my girl friend processed the cohabitation visa in Ethiopia, we used her address in Denze and now her address is changed in Gent. So now, where do I go declare that I have arrived in Belgium? In her old or the new address town hall?

    Thank you very much for the help in advance.

    • #437 by Belgium Cohabitant on October 8, 2012 - 12:17 am

      You both declare your arrival and change her address at your commune.

  165. #438 by Michael on September 27, 2012 - 10:40 pm

    Attempting to file for cohabitation in Belgium with my Dutch partner. I’m American. I just finished my M.A. here and now have a job offer with a company – which can’t or is unable to sponsor me itself. Problem is, the stad/city hall said that it will take up to 6 months for my residency to be renewed and for me to get permission to work. I will lose my job offer by then. Do you know a way to get around this or if the city hall gave me incorrect information?

    • #439 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 30, 2012 - 3:48 pm

      Normally this is the case, but each situation is different and it helps that you are applying with an EU citizen. Once you have your temporary orange card I would visit the Brussels Employment Policy Department in your city. If you are in Brussels it is located on the 1st floor of the North Station. I just walked in and took a number and was able to speak with someone in English within 10 minutes. This is the Employment Department Website. Another option might be to ask the company to offer you an internship until your application is processed.

  166. #440 by World Travel on September 27, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    Belgium Cohabitant :
    It could yes, but that does not guarantee anything.

    Thank you for your help so far. But honestly, I do not get it. Why is it still uncertain? We can prove that we have known each other for more than 3 years; our finance is ok and we are going to have a baby. Where is the problem we need to solve? In case we get rejected, we will find a lawyer to appeal against their decision. Do you provide this kind of service?

    • #441 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 27, 2012 - 5:12 pm

      Unfortunately for most people Belgium applies such a strict application process in place for the cohabitation visa to prevent people from meeting someone in Belgium and then pretending to be in a relationship in order to get a visa. That’s why one of the requirements is to have lived together for 1 year already. If your application is rejected you can employ a lawyer to appeal the decision, but unfortunately I do not provide this service at this time. If you need one, you can get a list of English speaking lawyers from the US Embassy in Belgium and also on their website I believe.

  167. #442 by SK on September 18, 2012 - 11:06 pm

    Hello,

    I am in need for some advice. This is my situation:

    I am 23 years old and from Malaysia. My partner is 24 years old and is from the Netherlands. We have known each other since Feb 2011 and been together since may 2011. To date we have stayed together almost for a year together. It has been difficult as i am only allowed 90 days in Holland and have to leave for 90 days. So far we have managed 180 days in holland,90 in England and 90 in Malaysia. I just got in Holland again and have been here for 2 weeks. My partner and i are currently looking for a house to move to Belgium(Limburg Region) and he has already been guaranteed a job as soon as he gets a house in Belgium with a salary of 1500 Euro’s a month. He also does online work which brings him about 200 Euro’s a month and he can prove this. Hoping that we will get a house in a months time so that we can move to Belgium by the mid of October,which leaves me 1.5months before i have to leave Europe again. My question is, can i apply for a visa in Limburg city hall at the end of October,stating me and my partner are a couple and will the process be done in time by the end of november? will there be any issues for me to apply for a visa with all the info i have written here? and i also want to know,will the process be easier if we got married on paper? We both love each other very much and want to have a stable live,because all this travelling has taken a toll on me and is very stressful for me and our bank account. I would really appreciate it if you could give us some advice. Thank you

    Regards,
    SK

    • #443 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 19, 2012 - 9:43 pm

      It will be very difficult to be approved for the cohabitation visa because you have not yet lived together for 1 year. I would recommend finding another way to get a Belgium visa such as a student visa and then apply for the cohabitation visa after you have lived together for 1 year. If you decide to get married that process might be easier, but not guaranteed.

      • #444 by SK on September 19, 2012 - 11:41 pm

        We are just a month away from living together for a year.So by the time we apply for the visa we would be living together for a year. i just want to know if i have a month and a half left from the 90 days,is it enough time to apply for the cohabitation visa and get all the paper work done?and how much does it cost in total?

        Thank you

        • #445 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 25, 2012 - 3:22 am

          You should be OK with 1.5 months left if you are ready to submit your documents now. Once you submit your documents and the police come to your residence you will be asked back to the commune where you will receive a temporary card that will allow you to remain in Belgium while you application is being processed. The fees to the commune are very low, about 8 euros for the temporary card and about 15 euros for the Belgian ID card when you are approved.

  168. #446 by Hana on September 17, 2012 - 1:35 pm

    Hi,
    First of all, i should say thank you for ur useful information here.
    I came in Belgium with student visa. After a year, i met my boyfriend who is belgian. We were friend almost 2 years and 1/5 lived together. but we wanted to apply for visa, he changed his mind. last year, i’ve applied for university but i didnot go to school becuase i’ve learned french as i wanted to live here. This year again I applied for university but i think that i will have problem because i didnot go to university last year. My question is if i live with my ex- boyfirend for 1year and half, can i have any right? or is there any solution to obtain visa (because my visa will expired at end of october.
    thanks in advance

    • #447 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 17, 2012 - 1:38 pm

      I think that a student visa is the best option for you because technically your cohabitation visa would only be valid while you were in a relationship and living with your boyfriend and since you are not together anymore that might be a problem, especially if you don’t want to continue living with him.

  169. #448 by ann on September 16, 2012 - 11:18 pm

    Hello, I have a friend she is a Filipina.She is now living with her bf now almost 8months.And they are planning to get married,but she dont have an official visa in Belgium.There is still possible of them to get married? If she has the cohabitation visa?

    Thank you.

    • #449 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 17, 2012 - 2:35 am

      She can still go through the marriage process if she does not have a Belgian visa or if she does or does not have a cohabitation visa.

      • #450 by ann on September 17, 2012 - 7:06 am

        She is already illegal i mean.Still she can get married? Thank you for the reply.

        • #451 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 17, 2012 - 1:31 pm

          I deal mostly with the cohabitation visa so I’m not sure, but I would guess that would be decided on a case by case basis, I would check with your commune or work on getting her another visa first.

  170. #452 by World Travel on September 14, 2012 - 9:21 pm

    Hi,

    Thank you for all your useful information. I also need your consultancy for my situation.
    My boyfriend and I have known each other for 3 years and I have arrived Belgium and lived in the same address with him since December 2011 with student visa (master). My visa will be expired by the end of September. I just discovered that I am pregnant and we decided to do either cohabitation contract or marriage. But I have 3 troublesome issues:
    1. The different age gap is quite big. He is around 65 now
    2. Financial situation: My boy friend just have 1100 E net per month. He has some part time job but it can not prove on document. He also has an account with 40 000. I cannot prove my finance on paper either. Beside, I still not have a job yet.
    3. It will take me at least 2 months to collect all the documents you listed which will be too late due to my visa expiry.

    What do you advise me, cohabitation or marriage? How can I maintain to stay in Belgium until I have all document? Should I just apply to the state and ask to add some documents later?.

    I look forward hearing from you.

    Thanks and best regards

    • #453 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 16, 2012 - 1:57 pm

      As to your questions:
      1. The age gap could look suspicious on your application
      2. That amount should be sufficient to show financial stability, you can also ask someone else like your parents to write a letter of guarantee
      3. I would either try to get an extension on your visa in order to gather the materials, or continue to be registered as a student for one more semester and apply again for a student visa

      Whether you apply for a cohabitation visa or marriage is a personal decision. Both processes are fairly similar, but you should be aware of the commitment that you would be making. You can apply without all the documents but I would not recommend it as this seems to make the entire process take much, much longer than if you have everything from the start.

      • #454 by World Travel on September 18, 2012 - 9:00 pm

        Thank you for your feedback. Best wishes to you!

        • #455 by World Travel on September 18, 2012 - 9:02 pm

          Anyway, If I am pregnant, does that help to prove the relationship?

          • #456 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 19, 2012 - 9:41 pm

            It could yes, but that does not guarantee anything.

  171. #457 by cutie on September 13, 2012 - 10:47 pm

    hello, im really looking for an answer, i really need your help. im an aupair for 6months now and my residence card will be exp on april, i have a belgian bf which i have a rel for 1 year now and we are expecting a baby nxt yr, my host ddnt knw about it yet. its only 2months and we dnt knw what to do. he dont have a work but he receives a monthly income from his disability. before he ask the gemeente about the samen wonen, but his income is not possible. we are worried because we want us to be together, hoping that they will not send me back to my country. hope you can help us with our problem. thank you

    • #458 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 16, 2012 - 1:51 pm

      It will be very hard to get a cohabitation visa because you have not been living together for 1 year yet. You could still try to apply for a cohabitation visa as you are expecting his child. You could also register with a Belgian University and apply for a student visa that would allow you to stay long enough to live together for one year and then apply for the cohabitation visa when you have a much better chance of getting it.

  172. #459 by Calaban on September 13, 2012 - 2:49 am

    My girlfriend just got offered a 6 month temporary assignment with her international company in Belgium. They are taking care of all her visa requirements, but she has asked me to go there with her. We are in love and planning to marry some day, but we have been together less than a year and don’t currently live together. I want to go there with her, and the assignment is only for 6 months. What do you think is my best option for staying in Belgium for that duration? I will be living with her in an apartment provided by her employer, and because of that I am in a position to live on my savings, though I would happily work if I could find a job there.

    What do you think?

    Thanks!

    • #460 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 16, 2012 - 1:49 pm

      You will not be approved for a cohabitation visa if you have not been living together for 1 year already. I would suggest registering with one of the Belgian Universities and applying for a student visa. As a full time student you could also apply for a work permit that would allow you to work part-time.

  173. #461 by buddha on September 12, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    hello sir
    this is bikash shrestha from nepal n currently i am living in belgium from the last 11 months and i have alraedy got n orange card and i am working also and now i really want to apply for cohabitation ,my girlfriend is belgium citizen but we are not living togather yet so can u plz tell that if we start living togather do we have inform gementiee huis that we r staying togather and when we can apply for cohabitation and if in case my application is approve what i can get like permanet residence eu passort or just stay n work in belgium ? i will b waiting for u answer . thank you

    • #462 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 16, 2012 - 1:47 pm

      You will not be approved for a cohabitation visa until you have been living together for 1 year. Belgian citizenship is possible but it can be very difficult thing to get. Because your partner is an EU citizen once you have the cohabitation visa you should be fine to work.

  174. #463 by Lia on September 11, 2012 - 8:47 am

    I hold residency permit with cohabitation visa with Asian background parter holding work permit B. I ve been lived here for 1year and half and my parter s been here for alomost three years. I wonder whether he could change his residency status to long-term residency permit this time (after 3ys). If i work for 6 months in another EU country then my residency permit will expire? If then, could i get the permit again?

    • #464 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 16, 2012 - 1:45 pm

      Whether your partner can change his residency permit to long-term depends on the type of job he has and the rules seem to be different for each country of origin. You should be able to renew your residency permit as long as you remain in a relationship with your partner and your partner has legal approval to live in Belgium.

  175. #465 by American in Belgium on September 6, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    Hey! This is a fantastic website! So I entered Belgium with my US passport, which allows me to stay for 90 days. I bought a return ticket, which returns in the next few days. I got married to my German (but Belgian resident) wife in Germany. I am going to apply for residency in Brussels, but I’m afraid the processing time will surpass the 90 day period. What I’m asking is should I go back to America with this return flight and return in a few months to start the residency application? Or do you think it is ok that I stay here and wait for the process to be completed. Help! Thanks so much!

    • #466 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 7, 2012 - 6:50 am

      Normally Belgium will give you a temporary residence card that allows you to stay in Belgium while things are being processed, so as long as you apply within the 90 days you should be ok.

      • #467 by American in Belgium on September 7, 2012 - 7:41 am

        Thanks so much for the response! One more question though: my wife and I are going to go to Australia for a few weeks over Christmas. Will having a temporary residence card be ok to travel in and out of the country on? Thanks again!

        • #468 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 7, 2012 - 8:51 am

          Technically you are not supposed to leave Belgium while your application is processing, but I never had any problems and it seems to be different in each situation so I would check with your commune.

  176. #469 by sh on September 5, 2012 - 6:23 pm

    Hi! I am originally from Nepal and I studied in France for 3years to obtain my Bachelors’ degree. During my studies, I got a chance to do an internship in Belgium for 6 months and during that period, I met my boyfriend who is a Belgian citizen. We dated for several months and then I had to go back to France to complete my final year. We were in a long distance relationship then but we talked to each other everyday and we saw each other once or twice a month. After my studies, I tried to get a job in Paris but i couldnt get a long term contract as my visa status was still student and they didnt want to do all the effort to get my work permit. Hence, I came back to belgium in November 2011 and we hired to lawyer to see what are the best options for me to stay and work in Belgium together with my boyfriend. My french residency card was valid until March 2012 was technically I wasnt illegal and we did the whole preocedure from the commune and finally just before my french card expired, they gave me an orange card for 6 months and to wait for the decison. Finally, today just 3 days before the expiration of my orange card, I got the bad news that it has been rejected! I have a full time job now in a bank and we showed all the proof that we could manage to gather to show that we are together for 2 years.. we dont understand this decision and I dont know what we are going to do now.. I have a job here, I have my life here with my boyfriend.. Please help because we are devastated!

    • #470 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 6, 2012 - 2:50 pm

      I am so sorry that this happened to you. At this point you basically have two options. You can work with your lawyer again and put in an appeal for them to review your application, and hopefully you would be able to submit new information concerning the strength of your relationship and your job ect. Otherwise, you could go back to school again and apply for another student visa which would allow you to remain in Belgium and live with your boyfriend for 1 year which normally is a requirement for the cohabitation visa.

    • #471 by Alex on September 10, 2012 - 7:54 pm

      U can appeal to THE case through lawer thanks i have Same case before now i have rp here im also nepali

      • #472 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 16, 2012 - 1:44 pm

        Yes, you can appeal a decision by the commune with a lawyer, but be prepared for a long drawn-out fight.

  177. #473 by pablo on September 3, 2012 - 8:08 am

    Good day, please advice me, am living in Belgium already without a status , i am currently living with my gf , a Belgian,from all i read here we have to live together for a year before i can get a stay,so my question is, do we have to go apply now for cohabitation since we are living together now for just 2 months? or wait and live together for one full year before we apply ?

    • #474 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 4, 2012 - 11:02 am

      Wait until you have been living together for 1 full year before you apply.

  178. #475 by thunder on August 31, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Hello
    I have this problem, my gf has a long stay visa in Belgium and i am here on a student visa we have been living together for about a month now. I have been offered a job in another EU country, normally I still have a year to complete my studies. So is it possible for us to apply for the cohabitation after 1 year if my official address is in Belgium and I am working in another country?

    • #476 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 31, 2012 - 9:30 am

      Technically then you would not have been living together for 1 year then, but if both of your names are on the lease and you are there when the police visit, I’m not sure how they would know.

  179. #477 by rishita on August 29, 2012 - 2:18 pm

    hi, my husband got work permit visa for 1 year. Am i eligible for work upon dependent visa.or any thing change my dependent visa to employment visa.

    • #478 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 29, 2012 - 5:06 pm

      Each situation is different. The best way to find out is to make an appointment to speak with someone at the foreigners employment office in your commune.

  180. #479 by Michael on August 28, 2012 - 8:39 pm

    So I’m already living in Belgium with residency because I am in a master’s programme here. I get my degree this month and my residency ends in October. If my boyfriend (a Dutch national, Belgian resident) and I get a place together, how long does the process to extend my residency and get a working permit take? We’ve known each other for three years. The work permit aspect is important, because I’m already getting interviews and I may need it rather soon. I know that company’s can also sponsor me for residency, but some of the places I’m applying to are small and I think they’ll look at me negatively if I need them for a permit. That’s why I want to already have the residency and working permit.

    • #480 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 29, 2012 - 9:26 am

      If you have already lived together for 1 year you can apply for the cohabitation visa as soon as your current resident card expires. Once you have applied you will receive a temporary card that will allow you to remain in Belgium while the application is being processed which can take anywhere from 5-7 months. You might be able to work with your temporary card but the only way to be sure is to make an appointment at the foreigners employment office in your city and speak with them as each situation is different. Once you have the cohabitation visa you will be able to work as your partner is an EU citizen.

  181. #481 by AG on August 27, 2012 - 7:48 pm

    Hello, all. I am American and have been with my Belgian girlfriend for 1.5 years and have lived together for .5 years. We are both in our early 20s. Is there any chance I can get a cohabitation visa?

    • #482 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 28, 2012 - 8:43 am

      If you have not lived together for 1 year, your chances are not good and it looks bad to be denied a visa. I would recommend waiting until you have lived together for one year. If you need a visa to stay in Belgium to live together I would suggest enrolling in a University and applying for a student visa.

  182. #483 by ak on August 24, 2012 - 1:21 pm

    hello,I’m so glad with the useful information you give to people here and i’ll be glad if you can give useful information to my case as well. I am an African living here in Belgium now for the past three months though I moved here with my gf, a Netherland citizen and we are living together now. She has registered herself with the authority and they’ve come to control here at home. I’m only waiting for her to get a job contract so she could be given her resident card. So my question is how can i get myself registert also because my name is not yet on the address? Tanks

    • #484 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 24, 2012 - 1:43 pm

      You will need to live with your girlfriend for 1 year before you can apply for the cohabitation visa. If you have already done that and can prove it, the police will need to come to the apartment again to prove that you are living together now and you can set this up at your commune. If you have not been living together for 1 year and you do not have a job or other reason to stay in Belgium legally you will need to find a reason such as becoming a student at one of the Universities in order to become a legal resident.

  183. #485 by Kaylen on August 22, 2012 - 9:16 pm

    Hi, Thanks so much for all the info, great site. Seems like I’m about to embark on a similar voyage.

    I’m heading over this fall (in less than a month) to check out Belgium while my boyfriend is in school — and to be with him of course! I’m trying to gather as many documents as possible to start this cohabitation visa process… Is there a way to attain an Apostille stamp while in Belgium? Thru the US Embassy perhaps?

    • #486 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 23, 2012 - 10:28 am

      I’m not 100% sure but I don’t believe that you can get the Apostille from the US embassy because they are state documents, so they would need to be mailed to the individual state offices.

  184. #487 by Belgian resident on August 16, 2012 - 8:19 am

    Hello! I am American and my wife is Swedish, but a Belgian resident. We just got married in Sweden, and I was wondering what the process of getting a Belgian residency permit was like once married to a Belgian resident. Any tips would be very helpful! Thanks in advance.

    • #488 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 16, 2012 - 10:11 am

      I mostly deal with cohabitation visas but if you are married to a Belgian resident I believe all you need to apply is a passport, a certificate of marriage, 2 copies of the visa application form, a divorce certificate if you have ever been divorced and the residence card of your spouse.

  185. #489 by Paola on August 15, 2012 - 4:32 am

    Hi, I am from Ecuador. I studied in The NEtherlands for one year ( August 2010- August 2011). I met my Belgium boyfriend back then, exactly in late August 2010 and since then we were together. We didn’t lived together, but he spent almost everyday at my place. During my time in Europe, we travel together to different places, and we even went to visit his family in Switzerland, twice. After that I moved to China for 6 months, and he went there to visit me (november 2011). He went there for three weeks. After that I moved back home (march 2012) and he came here to visit me and to meet my family. He was here for three weeks as well. We have tons of pics., and memories of our trips, and also we have saved all conversations we had on skype, emails, etc.
    We are planing to get married, so he suggested for me to move to Belgium. I would like to know if we would find any problem about getting the visa? Because we were together 2 years now, and we almost lived together that year I was in The Netherlands (it was 20 min from Belgium). Also I would like to know if there is a problem that my parents would guarantee to support me?. Thank you in advance.

    • #490 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 15, 2012 - 9:17 am

      Unfortunately you two have not actually lived together for 1 year yet and do not have a lease with both of your names on it, which would make the cohabitation visa difficult. You could always try to apply and hope that everything else that you have is enough, but it could look really poorly if your visa was denied. I would suggest enrolling in a local university and trying for a student visa so that you could live together for 1 year first. As to your second question, your parents can guarantee to support you but this might not look as good as your boyfriend supporting you for the application, because you are trying to show the strength of the relationship.

      • #491 by Paola on August 15, 2012 - 10:02 am

        what about if we apply for the marriage visa? Because we are planning to get married as soon as possible. Again , thank you very much for your prompt response and help.

        • #492 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 15, 2012 - 10:04 am

          Of course getting married is always another option. To get a visa based on marriage you will need to already be married.

  186. #493 by larry on August 14, 2012 - 1:51 pm

    Hello,i having being reading all the post here and your response they are very helpful , thanks ,

    I have this to ask ,i am from Africa,and living in belgium, my lawyer did apply for regularisation for me , which am still waiting for the descion , but my lawyer told me that i will surely get a negative , that while i wait for the decsion , i should apply for cohabitation , i have a belgian gf and we have known each other for about 4months , but we just started living together in the same address just one month ago , we went to the commue to register our cohabitation , and i was asked to bring all my papers, like proof that am single , i did , they said the police will come control me at home , after that , HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO HAVE AN ORANGE CARD ,?

    • #494 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 14, 2012 - 2:14 pm

      This can really vary. Once the police have visited your house, in 3-4 weeks you should get a letter from your commune asking you to return to get your orange card.

  187. #495 by favour on August 9, 2012 - 7:09 pm

    hi, i am immigrant living here in brussels, i am living together with my bf, for 1year and 11mouths now, he has 5years resident permit, i received a negative decision to leave belgium for 30days, bcos i ve no visa to belgium, and since i started the procedure they didnt give me an orange card, d commune only gave me atestation for regulasation, pls, i need sme advice what to do, am worried, i dont knw if lawyer ll be able to appeal the negative decision to leave.

    • #496 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 9, 2012 - 7:36 pm

      I’m no sure when you began the procedure but it normally takes several weeks before you get your orange card as the police need to visit your apartment and then contact the commune first. But unfortunately even with the orange card you are not technically supposed to leave Belgium while the decision is being made. If you have already been denied permission to leave I’m sorry to say that you probably won’t be able to leave until your cohabitation visa is approved. Of course you can always get a lawyer and appeal the decision but I have not heard many success stories from appeals.

  188. #497 by Badrish on August 4, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    Hi,
    I came to Liege, Belgium for my post-doctoral contract with University. I have got the residence card.
    I was staying with my wife in France for last four years.
    Here, in Liege my wife got the orange card (attestation d’immatriculation) and they told us that she can not travel outside of Belgium using this card.
    Not even to go to home country – which is India for us.
    Is it normal like this?
    I wish to have your advice.
    Looking forward to hear from you,
    Thank you in advance,
    Badrish.

    • #498 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 5, 2012 - 12:40 pm

      Yes. Technically, with the orange card you are not supposed to leave Belgium while your visa is processing. I have heard of people doing it and actually did it myself, but there is always the risk that they will not let you back into Belgium.

  189. #499 by girl on August 2, 2012 - 11:55 am

    Hi i want to ask if how long it will takes if u change ur addres..my boyfriend is a belgian but we move to other place and need to change his addres..last month we went to commune to inform and after 1week the police came to the house and check.the police told to my bf after 10 days he will recieved the letter but until now 18days already but still no letter from commune….

    • #500 by Belgium Cohabitant on August 2, 2012 - 2:15 pm

      When the police came to our apartment it took about 3 weeks for us to hear anything from the commune.

  190. #501 by Mayan on July 27, 2012 - 12:23 pm

    Hi! Thanks i found this site, I really need a help. I met a very nice guy living in Antwerp, were going to try to apply for Cohabitation Visa but the problem is we’re not yet even one year in dating or in relationship,but we really want to live together,please need some advice or help what we need to do,, Thanks!

    • #502 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 27, 2012 - 12:47 pm

      You will not be approved for the cohabitation visa if you have not been living together for 1 year or even in a relationship for that long. I would recommend trying to get a visa another way so that you can live together for 1 year in Belgium and then apply. You could always try to get a student visa by applying to one of the Belgium Universities.

      • #503 by Mayan on July 27, 2012 - 3:14 pm

        getting married is another option?can be possible?

        • #504 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 30, 2012 - 11:13 am

          Yes, getting married is also an option.

  191. #505 by Faith on July 11, 2012 - 12:08 pm

    This means that even if we wait and date for 2 years while living apart, we will never get the cohabitation contract? I thought the requirement was see each other for 40 days on 2 years?

    • #506 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 11, 2012 - 12:43 pm

      It is my understanding that meeting for 45 days over 2 years is in addition to having lived together for 1 year. You could still apply without having lived together but your application will most likely be rejected which does not look good if you want to apply again. I would advise trying to find another way to live together for 1 year first in Belgium or somewhere else possibly through a job or a student visa.

  192. #507 by Faith on July 3, 2012 - 1:04 pm

    Good day, my boyfriend and I have been dating for a year and we met 4 times. I would like to join him in Belgium to stay together and eventually get married. However, i heard that we must have dated for 2 years. Is there another option to live together without cohabitation visa? Please we donot want to be apart anymore and we want to live together and see if we can live with one another before we get married.

    • #508 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 4, 2012 - 5:51 pm

      You won’t be able to apply for the cohabitation visa without having lived together already for at least 1 year, but you could try to get a visa to live in Belgium by registering at a university and applying for a student visa, or getting a job in Belgium and getting a visa that way. Then you could live together for one year and then apply for the cohabitation visa to remain living together in Belgium.

  193. #509 by samuel on June 28, 2012 - 6:56 am

    i have a girl now we filed in for cohabitaion.normally i dont hv a resident permit here.but in the list of docs asked for,they asked for a source of finance.is it for me or its for the lady.and they were also talking about insurance.i dont know if its mine or hers,pls someone advice

    • #510 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 29, 2012 - 12:55 pm

      Either you both have to show a source of finance or only one does with a letter that they will be financially responsible for the other person. For the insurance you both need to have it.

  194. #511 by Bharat chhetri on June 26, 2012 - 3:41 pm

    Hi, i am in london in student visa and gf is frm belgium we r in relationship from last year march between this we met 4 time n now we trying to be together in belgium so m applying for cobitant visa as m going there to marry her. Can u help me with this can i apply from uk n wat will b the prosess?

    • #512 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 27, 2012 - 3:59 pm

      Unfortunately you won’t be eligible for the cohabitation visa until you have lived together for 1 year already. I would recommend either getting married right away if that’s what you are planning on anyway, or finding a way to live together in the UK or Belgium for 1 year first.

  195. #513 by Olamide on June 21, 2012 - 10:33 am

    Please i also need a help, i have a brother in nigeria who is under 18yrs, i am a belgian by nationality & i have a job, is it possible i invite him to belgium & live with me?

    • #514 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 21, 2012 - 10:43 am

      Unfortunately the cohabitation visa is only for people 18 years old or older, but I would speak with your commune because I believe there is another family reunification visa that could work for someone younger.

  196. #515 by Baba nawab on June 18, 2012 - 7:47 pm

    Good Morning to all.
    pls heldp me ASAP guys
    I have a belgian gf she have dual nationailty dutch passport and belgium ID WITH UNLIMITED residence. and she lives in belgium wth her family
    i am indian i met her in dubai 8 months back.
    now presenlty i am resideing permantlty in india
    she came and visited me in india
    and she is goining to send me invitaon letter for visit visa purpose.
    and i dont have any option so i wnt to go on visit visa and want to apply for cohabitation visa is that possible???

    • #516 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 21, 2012 - 10:20 am

      Unfortunately you will not be approved the cohabitation visa until you have lived with her for 1 year, so you would need to find another reason to stay in Belgium for a year so that you can live together and then apply for the cohabitation visa.

  197. #517 by Angelic Hall on June 16, 2012 - 3:51 am

    Hi I am wondering if you can help me.. I have meet a really wonderful guy from Belgium..We have never meet in real life yet…but we are wanting to meet and try to work on maybe becoming more then just friends…and eventually have me move up there with him I need to know what visa would i need to get and which one should i start off with first…how can i possibly get a permanent resident visa… if i want to move there… and be with him… can i get a permanent visa and just move in with him since he is from Belgium.. or how does that work…. i dont want to apply for the wrong visa….

    • #518 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 16, 2012 - 8:39 am

      In order to apply for the cohabitation visa you will need to live with him for one year. To stay in Belgium for that first year I would recommend either attending a university and applying for a student visa or trying to find a job where the employer will grant you a work permit.

      • #519 by Angelic Hall on June 23, 2012 - 8:13 am

        You can also be approved for a resident visa if you are coming to Belgium to marry or live with a Belgian citizen, or simply someone that is already legally residing in Belgium. You will just have to show documentation that proves that you will be living with this person and that they can financially support you. when i searched this up this is what this person SL Newman, this is according to what she has posted.. when i search google how to move from usa to belgium it gives a lot of different stuff.. so i read this story and that is what she says so im trying to figure out what exactly to do.. or what to go by…so i can know what visa or what thing i need to to do this is the link I read and that is the person making this statment thats why im asking yall for more info…. if i want to move there ….

      • #520 by Angelic Hall on June 29, 2012 - 9:56 am

        just wondering if yall read that other info that i posted up with that other saying that i found.. i want to make sure i get the right thing ….. and dont want the wrong one cause i dont want to be denied and then not be able to go at all….

  198. #521 by Didi on June 15, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    I’ve visited your website many times for the past 7 months while gathering all the documents and going through this whole procedure. I can’t thank you enough for all the accurate and thorough information you have offered regarding this process. My cohabitation visa process so far has been exactly as you have described it. We started the application process on late December of 2011, by February we had our Samenwoning Contract approved by the commune and in March I was issued my temporary residence card (an orange card). Must wait until October for my electronic card.
    I have a question for anyone who may provide an answer: may I look for a job during this period that I’m waiting for my electronic identity card? And would an employer offer employment to a person in my status?
    I understand that legal cohabitants do not need a visa work permit to be employed in Belgium but it’s not clear when does this come to apply. Is it from the moment you are issued the electronic card? Or does it apply from the moment you have your temporary residence card?
    Sorry for the long post and good luck to all of those who visit this website in search for some guidance.

    • #522 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 16, 2012 - 8:42 am

      Whether or not you can work with an orange id depends on why you were given it in the first place. The best way to find out if you qualify is to visit the Brussels Employment Policy Department located on the 1st floor of the North Station. I just walked in and took a number and was able to speak with someone in English within 10 minutes. This is the Employment Department Website.

      • #523 by Didi on June 16, 2012 - 2:50 pm

        Thanks for your prompt reply!
        I was given the orange card as I wait for our cohabitation visa to be fully approved and get the electronic card in October. Is that not the typical process? I started all the process here in Belgium so maybe it was different for you.
        I am in Antwerp and I will go on Monday to the pertinent office here to obtain further information. However, I don’t think with an orange card one may easily find employment.

        • #524 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 21, 2012 - 10:23 am

          Yes, getting the orange card first is the normal procedure. To be more clear whether you can work or not, depends on who you are applying for the cohabitation visa with, and what kind of work permit and residence permit they have.

  199. #525 by Sierra on June 12, 2012 - 12:36 am

    Hi, I was wondering if you could travel while your cohabitation is pending or not? & if you do cohabitation do you have to pay taxes or anything?

    Thanks!

    • #526 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 12, 2012 - 11:58 am

      Technically you are not supposed to leave Belgium with your temporary orange card but there is no border control in the Schengen Area so you should have no problems. It might be slightly harder to leave the Schengen Area like to travel to the UK or the US but I didn’t have any problems with the border control person I had. As a resident you will need to pay taxes on income if you are working in Belgium.

  200. #527 by Alex on June 11, 2012 - 12:21 pm

    Thanks for ur repply. I have already lived together 3 years n have f Card till 2015 .can i apply belgium passport or can i apply permanent residence Card even my gf leave me so i can stay in belgium without problem but Still im living together but my relation not good as before so i want to stay alone if i have permanent Card or belgium citizen help me plz

    • #528 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 12, 2012 - 11:59 am

      If not based on cohabitation you will need another reason to stay in Belgium if you want to apply for permanent residence such as a job or as a student.

  201. #529 by girl on June 7, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    Hi;
    i want to ask if any one can help me to make it easy my papers,wher can i find the free lawyer that can help me?im living together with my belgian bf were applying to get my papers to stay here and i really dont know why the commune send me a letter that i need to submmit id card before they will give me the papers to stay here…im staying in dendermonde.i really dont know what to do,coz of this problem…i have 3 months visa but expired alreain in MAY 2.i cant apply any job her,im staying at home with out nothing to do and waiting and waiting that papers..i hope u can help me what to do to make it faster my papers from commune..
    THANKS….GOD BLESS U

    • #530 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 9, 2012 - 9:02 am

      I’m afraid that I don’t know of any free lawyers in Belgium, does anyone else?

    • #531 by Alex on June 11, 2012 - 12:32 pm

      Hi i live in Dendermonde. Already i have f Card through samen wonen with belgium partner u can go to comunne to sign à contract with ur bf and they give u orange Card for fivemonths after 5 months they give u f Card. If u already livetogether 1 year in Same adress or u have child together or u have jenuine tie with long periode have proof or ur bf have minimum income of more than 900 euro then u Can have got residence Card i mean f Card if not u got negetive. But dont worry. If u got negetive make it u r samen wonen in 1 years

  202. #532 by alex on June 6, 2012 - 6:53 pm

    three years ago i had samem wonen contract with belgium gf still living together from 2008 december till now and i have f card also valid 2015 august but now she likes to end our relation if she broke up could i have problem to live alone in belgium plz help me .?

    • #533 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 7, 2012 - 8:22 am

      Unfortunately, your residence card based on cohabitation is only technically valid while you are still in your relationship and living with your cohabitation partner, so if you broke up you will need to find another way to remain legally in Belgium such as a job or school, or another cohabitation visa.

  203. #534 by Bam on June 5, 2012 - 8:04 am

    Good day,

    I have applied for a cohabitation visa and was asked to submit a police clearance from one of the country that I have worked from, the problem is I have a bank default thus Police clearance was not issued to me. What will be the consequence if I will not be able to issue the requested document?

    Will they still grant me the visa, would we still be able to be together as we have a child and we are planning to stay in Belgium. What will be the next best step?

    Please help.

    Thank you so much.

    • #535 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 5, 2012 - 8:38 am

      Have you worked in a different country that you could get the police report from? Otherwise could you just ask for a criminal record, that might not show the bank default?

      • #536 by Bam on June 5, 2012 - 9:07 am

        Hi,
        Yes I worked in that country, the thing is bank default is considered a criminal record in this country.

        I don’t know what else to do. Will there be other option in order to pass the cohabitation visa?

        rhanks.

        • #537 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 5, 2012 - 9:24 am

          You could try to apply with the police record showing your bank default, but there is no guarantee that your application would be approved. Also maybe you could wait, does the bank default clear off of your record after a year?

        • #538 by Bam on June 5, 2012 - 9:27 am

          In addition, i have submitted already a police clearance/criminal record from my country.

          thanks again.

          • #539 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 5, 2012 - 9:36 am

            That’s great! Then you should be ok.

  204. #540 by hansel torres on June 5, 2012 - 5:15 am

    First of all i would like to thank you the web master of this page, wow so helpful we all really appreciate your responses and your time!!!!

    Well people today I am going to apply for the Visa, pray to God so they give me the visa right away and (if u do so) thanks, i just waiting for the FBI paper but they tell me that i can deposit all the paper so they would going processing all the others, so lest see what happen wish me luck 😀

    • #541 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 5, 2012 - 8:36 am

      Good Luck!!

  205. #542 by Prem on June 4, 2012 - 2:27 pm

    Hi how long do you get permanent residence while you are living together in Belgium with belgian partner?

    • #543 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 4, 2012 - 2:33 pm

      Your cohabitation visa is valid as long as you are still living with your partner.

  206. #544 by win on June 2, 2012 - 7:54 am

    My question is, is it possible for me to apply for a tourist visa while waiting for the result of my cohabitation visa as our daughter and i will be attending my bf’s brother’s wedding. As we don’t think my cohabitation visa will be ready by then.

    thanks in advance

    • #545 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 4, 2012 - 11:25 am

      Yes, I do believe it is possible to apply for a tourist visa while you cohabitation application is pending.

  207. #546 by Tear on June 1, 2012 - 8:58 pm

    Hi Dear,
    I just passed all my requirements papers to my lawyer and he said he will apply for me the living together in city service coz my visa just expired last month..how long does the processing take before they will give my permit card to stay here..im together with my belgian bf for 6 months already..THANKS

    • #547 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 4, 2012 - 11:30 am

      Once all of your papers have been turned in, it takes a few weeks before you will receive a temporary orange card that will allow you to stay in Belgium while your application is being processed. Then it can take 5-9 months before you receive your official residence card if your application is approved.

  208. #548 by Singlemom on May 22, 2012 - 9:10 pm

    Hello, I am an african from Nigeria,My boyfriend is from Indian, I have a resident 5 years permit but i do not work as currently i am pregnant for my boyfriend and goes to school, my problem is that my boyfriend does not have any visa or nothing, he did regulization and he has been waiting for a reply, either yes or no but they have been telling him to wait and wait, my question now is, I am pregnant for him and of course i would declare him as the father or my baby, if i declare him and we do cohabitation, is it possible to get any orange card or something , i have asked in my commune which is st josse but they say it would not give anything but in other places in belgium, people do same thing and they get orange card or something, please help, i am in real need of answers or is there a possibility of involving a very good lawyer ?

    • #549 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 30, 2012 - 7:23 pm

      I would recommend applying for the cohabitation visa on the basis that you have a child together. You will need to collect all of the necessary documents listed on the documents page and present them to your commune showing the strength of your relationship.

  209. #550 by Solo on May 17, 2012 - 7:29 am

    Hi, thanks for the reply. Well, I have got the visa yesterday (in a condition that I present an airline ticket), 🙂 and it was processed and finished in 2 months and 24 days (which I think is quite exceptional, comparing from stories that I heard which takes more than that.).

    No my new questions will be: Do I book a one way or round trip ticket? At the port of entry in Brussels, other that my passport with the visa C, is there other documents that I need to present? (Since all docs: like letters from friends and family, income statements . . . will not be given back to me from the embassy).

    Thanks again for your efforts, keep up the good work.

    • #551 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 30, 2012 - 7:20 pm

      It depends on who your officer is, but if you want to not worry about anything I would book a round trip ticket to be safe.

  210. #552 by bakari abdul razaki on May 12, 2012 - 1:40 pm

    I want a Belgium visa but please fast. If I apply at embassy can I get it in the next two weeks?

    • #553 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 12, 2012 - 2:38 pm

      As the cohabitation visa normally takes 6 to 9 months, I’m not sure that there is anything that you could do to get one in two weeks unfortunately.

  211. #554 by Dr Abdul Wajid on May 10, 2012 - 11:42 am

    I am medical doctor and i am pakistani. i am student at ULB. i married with lithuanian girl according religion islam in 3rd august 2010. we live together since september 2010. we have one daughter. we applied for cohabitation in commune. i want to know that this procedure how much time it will take and after it i would be able to work here in belgium.

    • #555 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 11, 2012 - 8:13 am

      The cohabitation visa can take anywhere from 6-9 months to be processed. Make sure that you return to the commune the day that your temporary orange card expires.

      • #556 by Dr Abdul Wajid on May 11, 2012 - 11:50 am

        My wife is lithuanian and its include in EU citizens and I give lithuanian nationality to my daughter. My wife has work permission here in belgium. after expirey my temporary card, they will give me which type of card. I am also medical doctor. so i can work as medical doctor in belgium.

        • #557 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 11, 2012 - 11:57 am

          Normally the cohabitation visa is only for people who are NOT married and to apply you need to prove this to the commune, so maybe you are thinking of another type of visa? As the spouse or legal cohabitant of an EU citizen, you should not need a work permit to work in Belgium. The cohabitation visa grants you a residence card in Belgium that is valid for as long as you remain in the relationship and your wife is allowed to remain in Belgium.

          • #558 by Dr Abdul Wajid on May 23, 2012 - 7:43 am

            Today we go to commune for applying legal co-habitation, they not take our papers and told that your marriage is refused therefore we can not accept your legal co-habitation processes. my question: now what should we need to do as they refuse to accept our legal co-habotation.

          • #559 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 30, 2012 - 7:16 pm

            Although I am not aware of any specific rule that says you can’t apply for a cohabitation visa if you have already been denied marriage, you were most likely denied the cohabitation visa for the same reason that you were denied marriage. I would suggest, speaking with the commune to find out why you were denied marriage and solving this problem before you try to apply again.

  212. #560 by Solo on May 8, 2012 - 10:53 am

    Hi,

    Very informative blog.

    I am from Ethiopia and my girl friend is from Belgium. And we have already applied for cohabitation so our documents arrived to the foreign ministry of Belgium at the end of March. The thing is we have been living together here in Ethiopia for almost three years and she was working here so obviously she didn’t have a job in Belgium. We fulfill all requirements except for the income in Belgium requirement (She has submitted documents that show that she was working here, but she will be moving in a month and look a job in Belgium) instead she submitted a bank account balances and an evidence that she is looking for a job in Belgium.

    – The cohabitation we are processing is in the Gent region.
    My question:

    Is the bank account balance info and the evidence that she is looking for a job be a convenient replacement for being able to show she can sustain us?

    How long do you think we will need to wait till we hear from our embassy about our case?

    Will it be okay to start studying if I am able to get the visa and process the cohab for temporary living permit?

    I work as a freelancer online, will I be obliged to pay taxes during my cohab (say making more than 2000 euro)?

    I guess the town hall (or some office) will issue some kind of living permit paper after the visa C expires (?), will it be possible to travel in some other europe countries during this stage? if not what stage will be good?

    I will wait for your helpful reply. Thanks again for this nice blog and helps.

    • #561 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 11, 2012 - 8:31 am

      – Since she does not have a job currently, this probably will not be enough, I possibly try to submit proof of other bank or investment accounts or possibly have your parents guarantee to support you. Since you have a job you could present your information to show that you can support both of you.

      – The cohabitation visa can take anywhere form 6-8 months to process, but if you don’t hear anything make sure to go to your commune the day your temporary orange card expires.

      – Once you have the visa you should have no problems studying as long as you are allowed to remain in Belgium although you may not be able to pay the EU tuition level for a year or so.

      – Normally you have to pay taxes as a freelancer to the country where you are living and doing your work, however there are many exceptions and minimum amounts that can be taxed, plus as a self-employed you can deduct your expenses from your income before taxes. There is some more information on the Brussels Journalists website

      – Once you have submitted the application you will receive a temporary orange card that will allow you to remain in Belgium while the application is being processed. Although technically you are supposed to remain in Belgium for this time, you should not have problems moving among the Schengen countries as there is little border control.

  213. #562 by suman on May 1, 2012 - 7:20 pm

    Hi,
    One of by best friends came here to Belgium. He has some problem in his country. He came here through one of the brokers in Belgium and he applied for asylum, but when he applied for asylum he was so afraid whether he would be deported from here. So he changed his name and he put the name of his maternal uncle’s son’s name. Now he loves a girl here in Belgium and she is also in love with him very much. Her family lives in Belgium and she has a 5 year visa now, but my friend is worried about her. and he loves her very very much. In this situation what shall my friend do? Is it possible to marry in this condition with the real name of my friend? I will be waiting for your reply.

    thank you

    • #563 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 5, 2012 - 5:37 pm

      I’m afraid that I don’t know much about legal name issues in Belgium as this site is mostly about Cohabitation Visas. However, if your friend gets married in Belgium with a name that is not his, this could cause a lot of problems later on if he ever had to provide proof of his name. I would advise him to clear things up with his name in Belgium before marriage. Legal cohabitation is also an option, he would then be able to stay in Belgium as long as his girlfriend was allowed to stay, and it is slightly less binding than marriage.

    • #564 by lorina on May 10, 2012 - 5:31 pm

      lorina :
      oh my God i don’t know who you are but i think you are an angle,at this moment am so tried of the whole process am a Ghanaian and,i have been married to a Belgian getting to 3 years now and we have applied twice and have been refused,we leaved for six months before.the resent reason for refusal was his apartment was too small.we don’t know what to do now,we real want to be together i love him so much and i know he loves me too.please help me am begging you. by the way am fro Ghana.

      • #565 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 11, 2012 - 8:15 am

        Maybe you are referring to another visa type? Normally the cohabitation visa is only for people who are NOT married and to apply you need to prove this to the commune, so the cohabitation visa would probably not be a good option for you.

  214. #566 by terry on April 30, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    Hi,
    Last year, I was working in denmark as an aupair and I have still a valid visa until 2013, but I’m not allowed anymore to work as aupair because they need a single aupair. On January 20 I arrived her in Belgium. I have belgian boyfriend and the commune gave me the fiancee visa 3 months until MAY 3 2012. We are processing my papers in manila philippines but still not it has not finished. Is it possible for me to stay her in Belgium even though my visa is expired because I’m waiting on my papers in manila. If my papers finish I will submit to commune for marriage. what should I do so that I can stay longer her while im waiting my papers?
    THANKS

    • #567 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 5, 2012 - 5:27 pm

      I would suggest that you go to the commune before your current visa expires, and apply for a visa extension on the basis of delayed paperwork coming from India.

  215. #568 by Michael C Dewey on April 23, 2012 - 10:24 am

    I met on Facebook, a Belgium Lady in September of 2010. She visited me in The States for 3 weeks that Fall. We had video chatted hour after hour… I flew to Belgium July 2011. She directly sent a request Brussels, for me to stay… Before the 90 days was up, we got a Lawyer appointed by The Justice, who petitioned us to be together, which extended my stay here. But on account of her divorce Lawyer making a mistake, and had to file again, 6 month latter for her divorce, Bruseels turned me down, for they did not know her divorce was official November 23-2011. City Hall here in Antwerpen had not gotten notified of divorce, until a week after I was given 30 days to leave. We went directly to City and applied, Politie came to verify, and we are now, ”Living together by law.” But I am wondering if that 30 days still applies, for Lawyer thought it did, though City Hall did not? Am making appointment with City Hall for first 5 month card, saying that I can’t leave. (Complicated?)

    • #569 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 25, 2012 - 6:31 pm

      I would trust the word of the City Hall over your lawyer, but it is also a good idea to always get things in writing if you can. If you already have the legal cohabitation contract signed, I would turn in all of your documents to apply for the cohabitation visa as soon as you can. Soon after you should receive a temporary card which will allow you to stay in Belgium while the decision is being made about the cohabitation visa. I would try to make your case as strong as you can for your cohabitation visa. The thing that I would be the most worried about is that you two have not lived together for one year yet, so anything else that you can include in your application to show the strength of your relationship will help. As for the 30 days, in my experience Belgium has not been so strict on smaller things like this, and it might also be an option for you to leave the Schengen area and come back in.

      • #570 by Michael C Dewey on May 4, 2012 - 6:44 am

        Turns out a 30 day notice will be enforced in Antwerpen.

        Is turning out that the Lawyer was right. I must leave. Got Bus ticket for London. Marie and me had hoped against this. Is the Belgium Embassy, in England, where to apply for Family Reunion?

        I do hope there is no problem getting into England. As an American believe I can stay there for up to 6 months.

        • #571 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 5, 2012 - 5:47 pm

          As a US citizen you can stay in the UK for up to 6 months. But as for applying for your Belgian Cohabitation Visa there I’m not sure. Even if you were in the US the embassy still asks you to apply in person when you arrive in Belgium. But I have heard of people applying in the US, and have found the process to be much faster there, so I think that it’s worth a try to apply in the UK. However, in normal circumstances after 90 days you should be able to return to Belgium for another 90 days, at which time you could start the process here in Belgium.

  216. #572 by Nadia on April 13, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    Hello,

    Thank you for taking the time to answer all these questions! Really great blog! I have been living (not constantly) in Belgium for around two years and I did couple of internships with the EU institutions. Meanwhile (year and a half ago) I met my boyfriend who is EU national and we’ve been living together for around half a year. My residence permit, which I obtained on basis of carrying out internship in the Commission, expired end of March (although I just learnt that I have been deregistered in the commune, by mistake a month ago). As Serbian national I am not able to stay in the EU longer than 3 months, so we decided with my boyfriend to register legal partnership so we can stay and plan a life together. My question is, given that my residence permit has expired will i have to get a new visa (cohabitation visa) or once we sign the legal partnership I will be given another residence permit (as I have already been registered in the commune), which will allow me to work in Belgium? For me it is really important that I am able to work, so I am still not clear if the legal partnership exempts me from obtaining a work permit, or it entitles me to work permit. If the second option is correct then what kind of work permit will I get- type A, B or C? Currently, I am applying for jobs and I am asked at interviews about my right to work in Belgium and I am not quite sure about the legal status I will have with the legal partnership regarding my work rights. In other words, once I sign the legal partnership will I be given temporary card which allows me to work temporarily until i get the residence permit?

    Also, what exactly should I expect once the legal partnership is signed in terms of travel restrictions? I understood I will not be able to travel until i get a final residence permit, so what will be the conseqences if I leave the country due to family reasons?

    I would greatly appreciate your response to my question. Thank you!!

    • #573 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 25, 2012 - 6:39 pm

      Once you sign the legal partnership you will need to apply for a visa to stay in Belgium. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to get a cohabitation visa because you have not been living together for one year yet. Although I wouldn’t recommend it, if you want to apply for the cohabitation visa anyway, add anything that you can to your application that shows the strength of your relationship. Once you have submitted all of your documents for the cohabitation visa you will be given a temporary card that will allow you to remain in Belgium while the decision is being made. As a legal cohabitant with an EU citizen, you should not need a work permit to work in Belgium as this is almost like a marriage contract, although it could be slightly different for each country so I would double check with the Belgium embassy in Serbia. As for travel restrictions this seems to all depend on who your border control officer is when you try to re-enter Belgium, but in principle you may not be able to re-enter the country once you have left, if all you have is the temporary card.

  217. #574 by Anonymous on April 12, 2012 - 7:53 pm

    I have a gay friend who got his papers for five years officially now. He is coming for 2 years and he wants to marry his boyfriend, but his boy friend is living here illegally. Do they have a chance to live together and marry? Thx.

    • #575 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 13, 2012 - 3:43 pm

      One option would be for the boyfriend, who is living in Belgium illegally, to apply to live with your friend under legal cohabitation as your friend has legal permission to stay in Belgium for a few years. When that permission is up however, the cohabitation visa would be up as well unless either of them could find another reason to be granted residence in Belgium again.

  218. #576 by wim on April 11, 2012 - 9:04 pm

    Hi,

    it is sometimes mentioned that living together for 1 year is needed, but on the website of Foreign Affairs, it is stated that people should either have lived together for 1 year, OR they have to know each other for 2 year, have met at least 3 time and in total minimum 45 days, OR they should have a child together. So if one of the 3 conditions are met, it should be okay, right?

    If people have obtained this type of visa, can they still marry at any time after the visa is approved? There’s no link between the visa and the marriage, so I would assume that marriage is possible if all documents are fulfilled. Is this correct?

    • #577 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 13, 2012 - 3:58 pm

      If you have a child together then you can apply for a cohabitation visa. Otherwise many times the other “requirements” vary by country of origin as well as the commune that you apply to. However, I would NOT recommended applying for the cohabitation visa unless you have already lived together for one year a denied visa can look very bad on your record and make it harder to be approved in the future. Of course I would discuss the exact requirements with your specific commune. To get this visa you have to enter into a legal cohabitation contract with your partner. You can still marry that person, but to marry someone else you would need to end the cohabitation contract with the first person.

  219. #578 by straw on April 9, 2012 - 4:19 pm

    hello there!!!
    please i need help..im officially samenwonen (cohabitation) here in belgium with my belgian bf..i have already my electronic card..is it ok for me to go inn and out here in belgium??coz were planning to visit philippines

    • #579 by Belgium Cohabitant on April 10, 2012 - 9:25 am

      If you have already received your electronic residence card under a cohabitation visa, you should be free to leave and re-enter Belgium until the expiration of your card, unless you have any special restrictions.

  220. #580 by Emilie on March 25, 2012 - 12:08 am

    I am from philippines,my common law spouse is also from philippines and now has a resident permit in belgium,now our problem is can i apply a cohabitation visa even hes not legally separated here in philippines and not declared his x-wife in the municipality of belgium,is it possible for me to get this cohabitation visa?we live together in taiwan for about 4yrs and known each other for almost 9yrs and have regular contact by phone and email.. Can give us an advise?

    • #581 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 26, 2012 - 4:16 pm

      A cohabitation visa is only meant for people who are NOT married, but I am not sure if Belgium views common law marriage equal to marriage in Belgium or not. If Belgium does recognize it you may be able to apply for a different visa since you are married under common law already. If Belgium does not recognize it you are free to apply for the cohabitation visa. I would explain the situation to your commune and go from there.

  221. #582 by florence on March 22, 2012 - 9:23 am

    how long will i have to wait before , i can have resident permit in belgium.

    • #583 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 26, 2012 - 4:11 pm

      Unfortunately it is different for each application. If you turn in all of the appropriate documents it could be anywhere from 6 months to a year and a half if there are not problems with your application for a cohabitation visa.

  222. #584 by florence on March 22, 2012 - 9:05 am

    hi, i am immigrant here in belgium, i ve be living together with my bf, with 5yrs resident permit in belgium, for a year and six mouth now, i apply on the 23 september 2010, the commune only gave me only one sheet of paper for regularisation, after 2mouths applying. ever since i ve not hear from them, am worried, no visa ever since them, pls i really need ur advise wht to do next.

    • #585 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 26, 2012 - 4:09 pm

      If you have turned in all of the documents needed to apply for the cohabitation visa I would return to the commune when your current residence card or orange card expires. Many times you will not hear back from the commune and just need to return at the end of your current permit.

  223. #586 by Lapin on March 21, 2012 - 4:13 am

    Its such a Great Website. It helps me a lot. However, I already applied for a cohab visa in the end of january. I had been in Belgium for 9 months with my BF in Belgium. Do you think I can get this visa? I am still waitng.

    • #587 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 21, 2012 - 2:45 pm

      Once you have applied you probably won’t hear anything back for 5-6 months. If the orange card, or whatever you have no expires before you hear anything, return to the commune at which point they will either give you another card or not. Technically a couple is supposed to have already lived together for one year before they apply, but it seems that every case is different, so I would just wait to hear back from the commune or go in when your current card expires.

  224. #588 by francess on March 11, 2012 - 7:49 pm

    hi,
    i am an immigrant in belgium cohabiting with a bf for sometime now and i have been able to meet up with the requirement.please i want to know how long does it take to get your resident permit?

    • #589 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 18, 2012 - 3:39 am

      The entire process took a little over a year but you are allowed to remain in Belgium during this time.

    • #590 by Lapin on March 21, 2012 - 4:36 am

      Hello, Francess. Can I have your email in case to get more details about cohabitation visa? I already applied it also and I think it will be better for me to know more from you if its possible. Thanks a lot in advance.

  225. #591 by hazel on February 15, 2012 - 10:08 pm

    hi,i hae belgian bf for 5yrs..he visit me already 6x here in the phils..i had to annuled my marriage from my ex husband and now finally its null and void..my bf and i planning to apply cohabitation visa by june and send all the requirements we need from there and also my req..how possible it is?we hae too much evidence as a couple..do u think its time for us to lived together there?thank u..

    • #592 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 16, 2012 - 10:19 am

      Unless you have lived together for 1 year, it will be very difficult to get a cohabitation visa. I would recommend figuring out a way to live together for 1 year first, either in Belgium or the Philippines before you apply. You could possibly apply to a University in Belgium for a student visa and then live in Belgium with him for 1 year before you apply for the cohabitation visa.

  226. #593 by Angela on February 9, 2012 - 10:42 pm

    Hello.
    I am a filipina currently living in belgium now with au pair visa and i have a belgian boyfriend.

    We met each other 2 years ago when i had my short visit in belgium. We spent time and we get to know each other, in short span of time. I went back to my country and the communication was still going on. I decided to come back in europe with Au pair visa. Then we met again. Somehow due to his travelling work we are badly hard to see each other like in 2 years we just met like in total of 25 days having good time together. Now we are planning to have this cohabitation visa.
    Can you please tell us what are the possibilities to take this action?
    What are the things and steps we need to do in order to continue living in belgium after my au pair visa?
    How can we make this living together possible?
    Looking forward to hear from you.
    Thank you.

    • #594 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 13, 2012 - 6:27 pm

      In order to get the cohabitation visa you have to already lived together for 1 year. A good option would be to apply to a Belgian University and apply for a Student Visa so that you could live together in Belgium for 1 year or live together in another country for 1 year and then apply for the cohabitation visa after that year.

  227. #595 by aja on January 31, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    Very helpful blog!
    If legal cohabitation application is rejected once, is it possible to apply again, and if yes, how long do we have to wait for the second application?
    p.s. Where (in which legal texts) I could find this officialy?
    Thank you very much!

    • #596 by Belgium Cohabitant on February 2, 2012 - 6:15 pm

      I have not ever heard anything about having to wait to apply again, but I would be very careful as having denied visas looks very poor for future applications. Legally the commune is required to give you a reason and allow you to appeal within 30 days. You will be denied again, the second time you apply if you have not solved the problem with the first application. For many people this means that they must first live together for a year before they apply again.

  228. #597 by Lena on January 21, 2012 - 3:44 am

    My frend has been in Belgium for over a year illegaly, so is it possible for her to apply for a cohabitation visa?
    Also, can she get a citizenship with that visa, if it’s possible, how much time should she be in cohabitation to get it?
    Or this visa means that she could stay here only when she is cohabitating?
    Hope that you’ll answear.
    Thanks in advance

    • #598 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 25, 2012 - 1:24 pm

      Your friend would have to apply using another address than her Belgium address and she meet all of the other requirements and a cohabitation visa is only valid while you are cohabiting which the commune will verify every year with a police visit. As for the Belgium citizenship it depends on where they are from as there are different requirements for each country. I would suggest checking in with the Belgium embassy in their country to see what the specific requirements are.

  229. #599 by peter on January 3, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    Hi there

    I have a brittish passport but live in South Africa.
    I have been to Belgium many times to race my bike professionally , my girlfriend of 4 years and I are looking to move to Belgium permanently.

    We have been living with eachother for just on a year now and ofcourse have all the proof in the word to show that we been together and lived with each other etc.

    What i would like to know is as i am a EU citizen(british passport) does my girrlfriend who is a South African , qualify to recieve a cohabitation visa? and would she be able to work on that visa?

    also are there any other “red tape” issues that need to be solved before we are able to move to Belgium?

    Kind Regards
    Peter-lee

    • #600 by Belgium Cohabitant on January 16, 2012 - 11:11 am

      Anyone can qualify for a cohabitation visa as long as the relationship meets the requirements. As for working she should be ok because you are an EU citizen but there are slightly different rules for different countries so I would check with the Belgium embassy in South Africa just to be sure.

  230. #601 by mariaarriane on December 1, 2011 - 10:39 am

    to whom it may concern,
    good day!
    iim filipina and i have a boyfriend from belgium and we have 36 years old gap from age.we know each other by internet dating website and after 4 months we meet each other in reality.i have already apply twice visa in belgium but everything was denied.WE are now on our 3 years relationship and we meet already each other for 3 times and all together we was for 125 days. i and my fiancee dont really know wat to do he want me in belgium and forever live together. pls tell me if u have any idea of what we gonna do next. your response will really help me a LOT: ill wait your response have a pleasant day to you!

    im so confused pls help me

    • #602 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 6, 2011 - 10:45 am

      The main problem that you have is that you have not been living together for 1 year. You could try to study at a University in Belgium to obtain a Student Visa. Then once you have been a couple living together in Belgium for a year with the Student Visa, apply for the cohabitation visa and resident permit or get married.

      • #603 by mariaarriana on December 6, 2011 - 12:12 pm

        very many thanks for that very well said response it helps a lot . BUt how will i obtain a student visa are there any qualifications in applying an student visa in belgium?? This is one of the requirements for applying a student visa in Belgium A copy of all diplomas and certificates what is this mean which diplomas and certificate i will pass??

        i am only a graduate of short course caregiver w/ diplomas and certificate and i am a 2nd year student for tourism but i already stop school for 1 year now.

        what i must do? help…

        • #604 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 9, 2011 - 9:13 am

          To get a student visa you need to actually be a full-time student in Belgium. So you will need to apply to a university here. Each University will have different application requirements for their programs.

  231. #605 by Kofi Eric Apedo on November 30, 2011 - 12:45 pm

    Hi and thanks for this website. Well I am from Africa Ghana and soon I will be in Belgium to submit for a cohabitation visa, I have all the requirement. Please can I know if its possible to return to my country after I have been issued with a 5rys residency permit? or will I be issued a type of visa in my passport to go in and out? and will I be able to work under this 5yrs permit. Thank you.

    • #606 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 6, 2011 - 10:42 am

      Many of your rights with a cohabitation visa depend on who you are cohabiting with. If you are applying with an EU citizen, you should not have problems with a work permit or travel home. But there can be some specific restrictions so I would check with the Belgium Embassy in Ghana.

  232. #607 by Kate on November 24, 2011 - 8:09 pm

    Could you please say how long does it takes to get visa C (if I am from non EU country, but I studied in Belgium before) which will give me opportunity to enter Belgium and there apply for the partnership?

    • #608 by Belgium Cohabitant on December 6, 2011 - 10:30 am

      From the US, as a non US citizen getting a C visa is supposed to take around one month, but I am sure that this time varies by country. Your best bet is to check with the Belgium Embassy website for your country.

  233. #609 by Aj on November 9, 2011 - 1:26 pm

    Does this visa give me the rights of a permanent resident? I mean, if i were to do a masters degree after getting this visa, would i be exempted from the international students fee??

    • #610 by Belgium Cohabitant on November 18, 2011 - 4:37 pm

      You should be able to. I did a masters program with a Flemish university and was able to get the lower, EU tuition rate as soon as my partner had been a legal resident in Belgium as of December 31 of the previous year. This may be different however for French-speaking universities.

      • #611 by Ryan on March 9, 2012 - 3:32 pm

        I have recently been issued the cohabitation visa and I am thinking of going for a Masters Degree in a Flemish University. Would this nullify my cohabitation visa if I didn’t live with my partner during the time of my studies?

        • #612 by Belgium Cohabitant on March 18, 2012 - 3:42 am

          Technically you are only allowed to stay in Belgium while you are cohabiting with your partner. That being said, the commune only checks this about once a year.

  234. #613 by Meg on October 28, 2011 - 3:55 am

    This site is so incredibly helpful. I am going to arrive in Belgium on Nov 12, but won’t be able to file my paperwork likely until late November. Is it okay not to submit my application right away? I obviously will be within the 90 Schengan zone limit. Thanks again!

    • #614 by Belgium Cohabitant on October 28, 2011 - 8:16 am

      If you submit within the 90 day limit you should be OK. Technically you should at least register within 8 days of arriving in a commune. I would strongly advise you to file as soon as possible, because sometimes it can take some time to just get your Attestation which allows you to remain in Belgium while the decision is being made.

  235. #615 by nelly kasandjian on September 27, 2011 - 12:27 pm

    for how many monthes does it take for the visas to be approved ?

    • #616 by Belgium Cohabitant on October 10, 2011 - 3:18 pm

      For me, it was 9 months after I had submitted all of my documents.

  236. #617 by Miguel on September 3, 2011 - 3:49 pm

    Thanks a lot for all the info of that blog. I am an EU national and my girlfriend is not. Do you know where I could get all the information in Brussels about if she could get the co-habitation permit? I am going to live in Brussels, but I don´t have a job in Belgium yet.
    Thanks in advance!

    • #618 by Belgium Cohabitant on September 7, 2011 - 9:14 am

      Miguel,
      I would first visit the Belgium Embassy website for the home country of your girlfriend, because each country is slightly different. If she is from the US, you can visit this Belgium Embassy Website, and you can also review whether she is eligiable in the Visa Requirements, and get an idea of the Visa Process.

  237. #619 by PHILLIP on July 25, 2011 - 5:17 am

    I am from Philippines, I am gay and my partner is a Belgian national. We started to know each other on a dating site last December 2008. And officially we are fall inlove each other March 2009. And he sent me letters,
    Parcel and I sent him also letter. He visited me here in my country last March 2010. We traveled around Philippines (with photos) and Hotel receipts. he stayed here 17 days. And he visited me again last September and he stayed 30 days. We toured around Philippines again (with photos) and he meet my family (with photos) and hotel receipts. And I still have email from since march 2009 up to now through skype and yahoo. Love letters I still have Since November 2009. And I have western union receipts since March 2010 up to now.My Inquiry, do you think this is not enough proof that we know each other for two years and 5 months? I will have my appointment on August 5, 2011 in the Belgian embassy as for cohabitation. Do you think we are qualified for cohabiting? I am looking forward to hear some advice or ideas. Please.. I applied already for a visit a friend visum but I was denied last April 2011.Due to I did not submit my certificate of employment.
    Thank you.

    • #620 by Belgium Cohabitant on July 30, 2011 - 9:22 am

      It might be difficult to apply for a Cohabitation Visa at this time because you two have not lived together for one year, which is one of the requirements. I would suggest that you try to move to Belgium using another method, like on a Student Visa for example. Then after you had lived together for one year in Belgium you could apply for the Cohabitation Visa which is more permanent.

  238. #621 by wan on June 17, 2011 - 7:09 am

    how long do I can stay in belgium with this visa.and also can I work with this visa?

    • #622 by Belgium Cohabitant on June 17, 2011 - 8:22 am

      With the cohabitation visa you can stay in Belgium as long as your legal partner (that you are living with) has permission to be in Belgium. The work permit depends on your citizenship, but generally if your legal partner is an EU citizen or has a more permanent work contract, you may be able to get a work permit.

  239. #623 by Colin on May 18, 2011 - 8:55 am

    Great blog! Finding information about this process is quite difficult. I tried emailing you with a question but the mail was bounced back. Here is the address I used.
    Info@BelgiumCohabitationVisa.com
    Is it correct?

    • #624 by Belgium Cohabitant on May 19, 2011 - 12:29 pm

      That is the correct email address. I have been having some problems with it lately, but it should be working now so feel free to ask away!

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