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TRAVEL CERTIFICATE AND VISA FOR PARTNERS - SHORT STAY

Starting September 1st, the Embassy and Consulate Generals of Belgium in the United States can issue a letter allowing essential travel to those that are visa exempt (e.g. US nationals), or a short term visa to those nationals who require a visa to enter Belgium. Note that this relates to a short stays of maximum 90 days and under no circumstances relates to entry into Belgium with intent to reunite with family or with intent to marry or cohabitate, both of which are subject to other conditions.

This exception is subject to a number of conditions. In concrete terms, you must demonstrate that you:

  1. have proof of co-habitation for at least 6 months (uninterrupted)  prior to visa application (or intended date of departure for visa exempt partners) in Belgium or in another country, or; 
  2. can demonstrate that, prior to the application, you have had a relationship for at least one year (this means that the partners must prove that they have met two times in the one year prior to the application and that these meetings totaled 20 days or more), or;
  3. have a common child with a Belgian (resident).

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

TRAVELERS WHO DO NOT REQUIRE A VISA (including US Citizens)

How to submit: you may submit the below documents by MAIL (including self-addressed prepaid return envelope) or email (max. 10 pages and 10MB size – use Zip file if possible) to the embassy or consulate general with jurisdiction over your state.

1. Copy of the identity page of your passport, valid for at least 3 months after your intended departure date 

2. Copy of the identity card of the partner residing in Belgium

3. If you have a common child with a Belgian citizen or resident you may submit the birth certificate with your name or court documents establishing your relationship (please disregard point 5).

4. Round trip airline  ticket reservation (does not have to be a confirmed ticket)

5. Proof of a durable relationship, which will be measured as follows:                    

  • Proof of co-habitation during at least 6 months prior to visa application (or intended date of departure for partners who are visa exempt for short stay visits)
  • If the partners have known each other for at least 1 year, proof that they have had regular contact by phone or (e)mail, AND that they have met in person at least 2 times in the past  year, and that those meetings lasted a minimum of 20 days

Supporting documents as proof of a durable relationship is different for each applicant and can be, for instance : joint financial records, utility bills in both names, mortgage/rental agreement in both names, copies of passports of those pages showing entry and exit stamps, boarding passes or trips booked together, in the last instance reference letters, photographs, phone/chat records etc.

6. Your address and phone number

                                                                                     

TRAVELERS WHO REQUIRE A VISA FOR BELGIUM (does not apply to US citizens).

 

How to submit: You must submit your application for a visa by mail with the embassy or consulate general with jurisdiction over your state.

 

Please find the required documents through the FOLLOWING LINK and add, as substantial evidence, proof of a durable and stable partner relationship as laid out hereunder:

Proof of a durable relationship, which will be measured as follows:

  • Proof of co-habitation during at least 6 months prior to visa application (or intended date of departure for partners who are visa exempt for short stay visits)
  • If the partners have known each other for at least 1 year, proof that they have had regular contact by phone or (e)mail, that they have met in person at least 2 times in the past year, and that those meetings lasted a minimum of 20 days.

Supporting documents as proof of a durable relationship is different for each applicant and can be, for instance : joint financial records, utility bills in both names, mortgage/rental agreement in both names, copies of passports of those pages showing entry and exit stamps, boarding passes or trips booked together, in the last instance reference letters, photographs, phone/chat records etc...