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Family Regrouping Visa

 

  1. Visa for Family Reunion with a Belgian citizen
  2. Visa for Family Reunion with a citizen of the EU or EER
  3. Visa for Family Reunion with a student
  4. Visa for Family Reunion with a researcher or with a holder of a work permit or professional card

 

1. VISA FOR FAMILY REUNION WITH A BELGIAN

A person who is not required to apply for a short stay visa to stay in Belgium for up to 90 days, can apply either in Belgium, at the municipality, or with the Embassy in Canberra.

DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED

  • A valid passport. The passport should be valid at least 12 months.
     
  • Two application forms signed and dated by the applicant. If the applicant does not visit this Embassy in person, his signature must be witnessed by either a Justice of the Peace or a Notary Public.
     
  • Two passport size photos.
     
  • Identity card of the Belgian spouse. This document can be obtained from the relevant municipality or from the Embassy.
     
  • Proof of family relationship:

    Spouse:

    • Your marriage certificate: i.e. an original and legalized marriage certificate (*).
    • Your original and legalized birth certificate mentioning the name of both parents (*)
    • An official copy of the divorce ruling, divorce certificate or death certificate for your previous spouse if you had been married before.

    Children:

    • An original and legalized birth certificate mentioning the name of both parents (*).
    • An original and legalized certificate of the civil status that confirms the relationship between the EEA-citizen and the foreign spouse, if the application is submitted by children of this spouse (*).
    • For children more than 21 years old: proof of financial dependency.
    • For minors, children of the foreign spouse: in case the parents are divorced: a true certified (notarized) copy of the divorce decision mentioning to whom of the parents the full guardianship was entrusted (*).
    • An original and legalized authorization from the parent, stating that the child can permanently leave (*).
    • In case the child was adopted, an original and legalized adoption certificate (*).
    • In case a parent has deceased: an original and legalized death certificate (*).

    Parents:

    • An original and legalized certificate of birth of the child with whom reunification is demanded (*).
    • An original and legalized certificate of the civil status that confirms the relationship between the EEA-citizen and the foreign spouse, if the application is submitted by ascendants of this spouse (*).
    • Proof of financial dependency (proof of regular remittances).
    • An original and legalized certificate concerning your professional duty or your retirement status (*).
       
  • Proof that the Belgian has a medical insurance valid for Belgium for himself and all his family members. The medical insurance has to cover each member of the family for a minimum of EUR 30.000 and for a minimum of 3 months.
     
  • Proof that the Belgian has sufficient lodging for the family members. This can be a proof of purchase of real estate or proof of a registered rental contract.
     
  • Proof that the Belgian has stable, regular and sufficient income to (a) provide in his own and his family’s needs and (b) to prevent that they become a burden to the Belgian government. This means a minimum monthly income of EUR 1 307,784 (net).
     
  • In certain cases: other complementary documents may be requested.

 
PERSONAL APPEARANCE

If you cannot make a personal appearance and you have to send your application by mail, the following requirements apply:

  1. Your signature on the application form should be witnessed by a notary public/JP.
  2. Do not send your forms and documents to a Honorary Consul, only to the Embassy in Canberra.
  3. See payment options for the cost of returning your passport.

The visa officer may still decide that an interview at the Embassy is required.

 
NOTES

1)  Submit 2 sets of photocopies of all supporting documents.

2)  Refer to http://australia.diplomatie.belgium.be > Travel to Belgium > Visa for Belgium for information on how to apply for a visa with this Embassy.

(*)  All original certificates shall be authenticated with an Apostille by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs. They should not be older than six months.

 

 

2. VISA FOR FAMILY REUNION WITH A CITIZEN OF A EUROPEAN MEMBER STATE OR OF THE EER

A person who is not required to apply for a short stay visa to stay in Belgium for up to 90 days, can apply for Family Regrouping in Belgium, at the municipality.

Detailed information regarding the application under Family Regrouping can be found via: https://dofi.ibz.be/sites/dvzoe/NL/Gidsvandeprocedures/Pages/Gezinsheren...

A person who is required to apply for a short stay visa has to apply for a Visa C for family reunion. Please email the Embassy for more information. 

 

3. VISA FOR FAMILY REUNION WITH A STUDENT

Only the spouse, his/her children under the age of 18 and the disabled child older than 18 years of age can apply for family reunion with a student.

DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED

  • A valid passport. The passport should be valid at least 12 months.
     
  • Two application forms signed and dated by the applicant. If the applicant does not visit this Embassy in person, his signature must be witnessed by either a Justice of the Peace or a Notary Public.
     
  • Two passport size photos.
     
  • Fees and pre-paid self-addressed return envelope or fees for postage.
     
  • An original medical certificate (this is valid only 3 months from date of issuance). The form must be signed by one of the designated doctors. See list of designated doctors. A blood test for syphilis and a chest x-ray for tuberculosis must be undertaken first, so that you can hand the results to the designated doctor. If you live 150 km or more away from a designated doctor, you can choose a different doctor. Please let us have his name and address along with his telephone and fax number or his email address. The Embassy will then need to legalise the medical certificate. Fee: see Consular fees.

     

  • In case the applicant is older than 18, an original police report, from all countries you have lived in during the past year. This document has to be legalised by means of an Apostille. You can obtain the Apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia / Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand. Australia - New Zealand.
     
  • Proof of family relationship:

    Spouse:

    • Your original and legalised marriage certificate (*).
    • Your original and legalized birth certificate mentioning the name of both parents (*)
    • In case of divorce or widowhood: Your original and legalized divorce decree / death certificate (*).

    Children until the age of 18 years old:

    • An original and legalized birth certificate mentioning the name of both parents (*).
    • In case the parents are divorced: an original and legalized copy of the divorce decision mentioning to whom of the parents the full guardianship was entrusted (*).
    • An original and legalized authorization from the parent, stating that the child can leave permanently (*).
    • In case the child was adopted, an original and legalized adoption certificate (*).
    • In case a parent has deceased: an original and legalized death certificate (*).

    Partner of a registered partnership:

    A registered partnership is only a partnership established in the following countries: Germany Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the United Kingdom.

    • Your registered partnership certificate
    • Your original and legalized birth certificate mentioning the name of both parents (*)
    • A original and legalized certificate confirming that you are single 
    • Certificate issued by the city hall in Belgium confirming the marital status of your partner in Belgium
    • In case of divorce or widowhood: Your original and legalized divorce decree / death certificate (*)
    • Evidence of the long-lasting and stable relationship between applicant and her/his partner (photos, letters, e-mails, phone cards, declaration by friends, etc.). This relation must be at least 2 year long (one year in some case) and the partners have to prove that they have been at least 3 times together during the last year, with a minimum of 45 days in total.

    Disabled children more than 18 years old:

    • All documents required for the children until the age of 18 years old
    • A medical certificate signed and stamped by one of the designated doctors, confirming the fact that, due to his disability, the child cannot maintain to his own needs.
    • Proof that the disabled child is not married.
  • Proof that the joined person has sufficient lodging for the family members. This can be a proof of purchase of real estate or proof of a registered rental contract.
     
  • Proof that the joined person has stable, regular and sufficient income to (a) provide in his own and his family’s needs and (b) to prevent that they become a burden to the Belgian government. This means a minimum monthly income of EUR 1 307,784 (net). (by way of illustration: most recent Notice of Assessment issued by the SPF Finances, last pay slips, work contract, bank account extract, a pension information sheet or any document/ information enabling to assess the financial situation of the person being joined).

    In case the husband/spouse is residing in Belgium on a scholarship, proof should be provided of the scholarship being sufficient to support both partners.
     

  • A copy of the husband’s/spouse’s passport and residence permit in Belgium. This document can be obtained from the relevant municipality. This is not required if he/she is applying for a visa at the same time.
     
  • Proof that the joined person has a medical insurance valid for Belgium for himself and all his family members. The medical insurance has to cover each member of the family for a minimum of EUR 30.000 and for a minimum of 3 months.
     
  • Your plane ticket reservation with all flights confirmed.
     
  • In certain cases: other complementary documents may be requested.

 
PERSONAL APPEARANCE

If you cannot make a personal appearance and you have to send your application by mail, the following requirements apply:

  1. Your signature on the application form should be witnessed by a notary public/JP.
  2. Do not send your forms and documents to a Honorary Consul, only to the Embassy in Canberra.
  3. See payment options for the cost of returning your passport.

The visa officer may still decide that an interview at the Embassy is required.

 
NOTES

1)  Submit 2 sets of photocopies of all supporting documents.

2)  Refer to http://australia.diplomatie.belgium.be > Travel to Belgium > Visa for Belgium for information on how to apply for a visa with this Embassy.

(*)  All original certificates shall be authenticated with an Apostille by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs. They should not be older than six months.

 

 

4. Visa for Family Reunion with a researcher or with a holder of a work permit or professional card

Please note that only spouses, partners in a registered partnership,  and children under 18 years of age (exception made for the disabled child), can apply for this type of visa.

DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED

  • A valid passport. The passport should be valid at least 12 months.
     
  • Two application forms signed and dated by the applicant. If the applicant does not visit this Embassy in person, his signature must be witnessed by either a Justice of the Peace or a Notary Public.
     
  • Two passport size photos.
     
  • Fees and pre-paid self-addressed return envelope or fees for postage.
     
  • Copy of the spouses’/parents’/child’s residence permit in Belgium. This document can be obtained from the relevant municipality. This is not required if he/she is applying for a visa at the same time.
     
  • An original medical certificate (this is valid only 3 months from date of issuance). The form must be signed by one of the designated doctors. See list of designated doctors. A blood test for syphilis and a chest x-ray for tuberculosis must be undertaken first, so that you can hand the results to the designated doctor. If you live 150 km or more away from a designated doctor, you can choose a different doctor. Please let us have his name and address along with his telephone and fax number or his email address. The Embassy will then need to legalise the medical certificate. Fee: see Consular fees
     
  • An original police report, from all countries you have lived in during the past year. This document has to be legalised by means of an Apostille. You can obtain the Apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia / Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand. Australia - New Zealand.
     
  • Proof that the joined person has a medical insurance valid for Belgium for himself and all his family members. The medical insurance has to cover each member of the family for a minimum of EUR 30.000 and for a minimum of 3 months.
     
  • Proof that the joined person has sufficient lodging for the family members. This can be a proof of purchase of real estate or proof of a registered rental contract.
     
  • Proof that the joined person has stable, regular and sufficient income to (a) provide in his own and his family’s needs and (b) to prevent that they become a burden to the Belgian government. This means a minimum monthly income of EUR 1 307,784 (net).
     
  • Proof of family relationship:

    Spouse:

    • Your original and legalised marriage certificate: i.e. an original and legalized marriage certificate (*).
    • Your original and legalized birth certificate mentioning the name of both parents (*)
    • In case of divorce or widowhood: Your original and legalized divorce decree / death certificate (*).

    Partner of a registered partnership:

    A registered partnership is only a partnership established in the following countries: Germany Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the United Kingdom.

    • Your registered partnership certificate
    • Your original and legalized birth certificate mentioning the name of both parents (*)
    • A original and legalized certificate confirming that you are single
    • Certificate issued by the city hall in Belgium confirming the marital status of your partner in Belgium
    • In case of divorce or widowhood: Your original and legalized divorce decree / death certificate (*)
    • Evidence of the long-lasting and stable relationship between applicant and her/his partner (photos, letters, e-mails, phone cards, declaration by friends, etc.). This relation must be at least 2 year long (one year in some case) and the partners have to prove that they have been at least 3 times together during the last year, with a minimum of 45 days in total.

    Children until the age of 18 years old:

    • An original and legalized birth certificate mentioning the name of both parents (*).
    • In case the parents are divorced: an original and legalized copy of the divorce decision mentioning to whom of the parents the full guardianship was entrusted (*).
    • An original and legalized authorization from the parent, stating that the child can leave permanently (*).
    • In case the child was adopted, an original and legalized adoption certificate (*).
    • In case a parent has deceased: an original and legalized death certificate (*).

    Disabled children more than 18 years old:

    • All documents required for the children until the age of 18 years old
    • A medical certificate signed and stamped by one of the designated doctors, confirming the fact that, due to his disability, the child cannot maintain to his own needs.
    • Proof that the disabled child is not married.
  • Your plane ticket reservation with all flights confirmed.
     
  • In certain cases: other complementary documents may be requested.

 
PERSONAL APPEARANCE

If you cannot make a personal appearance and you have to send your application by mail, the following requirements apply:

  1. Your signature on the application form should be witnessed by a notary public/JP.
  2. Do not send your forms and documents to a Honorary Consul, only to the Embassy in Canberra.
  3. See payment options for the cost of returning your passport.

The visa officer may still decide that an interview at the Embassy is required.

 
NOTES

1)  Submit 2 sets of photocopies of all documents listed under 4 to 10.

2)  Refer to http://australia.diplomatie.belgium.be > Travel to Belgium > Visa for Belgium for information on how to apply for a visa with this Embassy.

(*)  All original certificates shall be authenticated with an Apostille by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs. They should not be older than six months.