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Applying for a Belgium Cohabitation Visa: Final Steps

Within three weeks after you receive your temporary ID sheet, the commune should summon you by mail to come and pick up your Belgian ID card. Take the letter you received in the mail and your temporary ID sheet back to your commune. The mailed summons should tell you where to go to pick up […]

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Waiting for a Decision on your Belgium Cohabitation Visa Application

After your visit to your commune, the commune sends your documents to the Immigration Service who will decide whether or not to issue a visa on the basis of cohabitation. Their decision is based on the length and seriousness of your relationship. This can take more than five months. Now begins the waiting game. The […]

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Getting your Orange Card (Attestation d’Immatriculation) in Belgium

A few weeks after the police visit your home, you should receive a letter in the mail from your commune with an appointment date and time. Remember to allow several hours for the appointment and make sure to be on time, otherwise they may put you at the back of the line. In our case, […]

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What to Expect from a Police Visit

Once you have registered with your local commune, they will contact the police precinct in your area and request that the police arrange a visit to your apartment or house. The purpose of the police visit is to confirm that you and your partner are actually living together for your cohabitation visa application. Hopefully, within 1-2 weeks after your commune registration visit, you should receive a letter in the mail from your local police. This letter will ask you to call a number and set up a good time for a police officer to visit your home.

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Registering With Your Commune When You Arrive in Belgium

Technically, you are required to report to the town hall of your commune to register within 8 days of having permanent accommodation. That means that you don’t have to register if you are staying at a hotel, campsite, or youth hostel, but once you sign a lease or have a permanent address in Belgium you […]

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Arriving in Brussels, Belgium

Luckily, once you arrive at the Brussels National Airport getting around is pretty easy using public transportation. Taxi-You can take a taxi to the city center but it’s going to cost you about 25-35€. Train-I would suggest the train. It leaves from the basement (level -1) of the airport and takes you to Central Station […]

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The Logistics of Moving to Belgium

When I finally had collected, signed, stamped, and copied all of the necessary documents the fog cleared to reveal other monsters. Our original plan of getting a shipping container to move some basic pieces of furniture and bikes, quickly divulged to shipping some extra boxes as plane cargo, which then melted into a master plan […]

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The Paper Chase for a Belgium Visa

I now had less than three months to go until I took a leap of faith over the pond to Brussels. To say that I was slightly nervous about getting all of my cohabitation visa documents in order on time is a huge understatement. I’d already called my “local” US Embassy in New York and […]

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Belgium Cohabitation Visa: My Journey Begins

My quest for a visa to Belgium through cohabitation began simply out of necessity. My boyfriend received a job offer for a three-year research position at a University in Brussels. For me, living together in Belgium was not a question of “if”, but a question of “how”. I knew that as a US citizen immigrant, […]

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