Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Legal Cohabitation

A 24-part survival series on legal cohabitation and family reunification process in Belgium based on personal and other experiences to lessen the anxiety.

  • Cohabitation Visa Belgium - Archive, Q&A, Table of Contents

    ㉔ Cohabitation Visa Belgium » Family Reunification » Archive

    Cohabitation Visa Belgium Questions and Answers Archive Cohabitation Visa Belgium Q & A section is a recap or archive of all the articles and the table of contents written for my entire series of Legal Cohabitation Visa Survival Series for a Well-Prepared Battle. Click on the link for any question and ans…

  • Guest Blogging for Legal Cohabitation Visa Process

    ㉓ You Are Wanted! Guest Blogging | Legal Cohabitation Visa

    Contribute as a Guest Blogger to help Fellow Expats Understand the Legal Cohabitation Visa Process Through Your Precious Experience I am inviting you to contribute as a guest blogger about your legal cohabitation process in Belgium. It is a space for you to share your smooth journey or to vent your frustratio…

  • Cohabitation Checklist: Moving to Belgium for Legal Cohabitation and Marriage

    ㉒ Moving to Belgium Checklist for Cohabitation and Marriage

    Family Reunion Checklist – Items to Do and Bring for Legal Cohabitation or Marriage Are you moving to Belgium to be with your loved ones for a family reunion? Be it for marriage or legal cohabitation, relocating overseas is always an extremely stressful affair for anyone. This checklist for moving to Be…

  • Cohabitation Visa Tips for Couples in Belgium

    ㉑ 9 Tips for Couples Applying for Cohabitation Visa Later

    9 Practical Tips for Couples Applying for Legal Cohabitation Visa Are you thinking of applying for the cohabitation visa at a later date? This article provides 9 tips for couples who are researching for information on legal cohabitation visa. Most of all, they do not want to start the cohabitation as of now. …

  • Cohabitation Visa Denied: What to Do for Visa Rejection? Reapply the Cohabitation Visa, Appeal or Hire a Lawyer?

    ⑳ Cohabitation Visa Denied: What to Do for Rejection? Reapply the Cohabitation Visa, Appeal or Hire a Lawyer?

    Course of Action: Cohabitation Visa F Card Rejection If your application for the Residence Permit F Card is rejected, you will receive a letter from the authority to leave the country within a month. Being refused is very disappointing. Do not be disheartened and brace up. Here are some actions that you can t…

  • F Card Belgium: Belgian eID Procedure

    ⑲ Long-Awaited F Card Belgium Triumph: Belgian eID Procedure

    F Card Belgium: Belgian eID Procedure What is F and F+ Card? The F Card (Appendix 9) is issued to family members of third-country nationals in Belgium based on the right to family reunification with a Belgian or EU citizen after the approval of their residence application. The F Card is valid for five years. …

  • Legal Cohabitation Visa Template

    ⑱ Legal Cohabitation Visa Template for Documents and Proof of Relationship

    Legal Cohabitation Visa Template for Presenting Proof of Relationship & Required Documents The presentation template is in conjunction with the first part of the article – 13) Proof of Relationship: Ideas and Suggestions for Legal Cohabitation Visa. I design the order according to my 3) Timeline Eve…

  • Belgian/EU Partner's Proof of Income, Housing and Health Insurance for Cohabitation Visa Process in Belgium

    ⑰ Belgian/EU Partner Proof of Income, Health Insurance and Housing

    Belgian/EU Partner Proof of Income, Housing & Health Insurance for Legal Cohabitation This article concentrates on the document requirements of the partners residing in Belgium. What do they need to prepare? The minimum salary requirement for proof of income is a great concern for most couples. In fact, t…

  • Orange Card Belgium + Annexe/Bijlage 19ter: Everything you need to know after you have declared your legal cohabitation in Belgium.

    ⑯ Orange Card + Annexe / Bijlage 19ter: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

    Orange Card Belgium: How Long It Takes? Can I Work and Travel? What is Bijlage 19ter? (Hint: Working) What is an Orange Card for Cohabitation in Belgium? Photo Credit: Agentschap Integratie en Inburgering Orange Card Belgium is an informal name for the official term of ‘Certificate of Registration ̵…

  • Legal Cohabitation Approval & Orange Card Appointment: What to Bring?

    ⑮ Cohabitation Approval and Orange Card Appointment: What to Bring?

    Approval of Legal Cohabitation Declaration and Things to Bring for Orange Card Declaration of Legal Cohabitation Approved On 10 August 2016, six days after the cohabitation visa documents submission, one email requested me to submit the approved Declaration of Legal Cohabitation Contract (Verklaring Wettelijk…

  • Police Visit for Cohabitation Visa Belgium

    ⑭ What to Expect from Police Visit: Prepare Mentally to Handle Challenging Questions

    Manage Your Expectation of Police Visit for Legal Cohabitation Process Why is there a Police Visit? There are a lot of sham marriages that took place more than ten years ago. Particularly in Antwerp, it has the highest hit rate. The marriage allows the foreign spouse to be eligible for a Belgian citizenship a…

  • Proof of Relationship Cohabitation Evidence

    ⑬ Proof of Relationship Cohabitation: What to Submit to Belgian Immigration Office?

    Proof of Relationship: What to Submit for Legal Cohabitation Visa? On 4 August 2016, I submitted my proof of relationship and documents for my legal cohabitation visa to two different email address. Following that, I will explain briefly below the two reference number files mentioned in the previous article (…

  • Cohabitation Visa Belgium Requirements

    ⑫ Legal Cohabitation Requirements: Read Alien Office’s Email

    Legal Cohabitation Requirements after Signing the Contract This post includes the instructions on legal cohabitation requirements in Belgium from the commune. Following my visit after signing the legal cohabitation agreement on 15 July 2016, this article is about the contents of the letters received and the t…

  • Declaration of Legal Cohabitation

    ⑪ The Day of Declaring a Legal Cohabitation in Belgium

    Declaration of Legal Cohabitation within 8 Days Upon Arrival in Belgium A newcomer has to declare their arrival to the commune within eight days of arrival in Belgium. The acceptable timeline to declare a legal cohabitation in Belgium is within three months. If you declare it at a much later time nearing to t…

  • Is medical certificate necessary to apply for a cohabitation visa in Belgium?

    ⑩ Is Medical Certificate Necessary for Cohabitation Before Going to Belgium?

    Do You Need a Medical Certificate? If your passport has a visa-free entry to Schengen Area, it is not mandatory to get a medical certificate before coming to Belgium. People who need to apply a visa application to go to Schengen countries must have a medical certificate as part of the visa application procedu…

  • Cohabitation Insurance Belgium to Apply for Legal Cohabitation

    ⑨ Cohabitation Medical Insurance for Family Reunion in Belgium

    What is the difference between Travel Insurance and International Health Insurance? Travel Insurance (Single Trip) Travel insurance is a short-term solution to emergency medical treatment. Therefore, it will not cover long-term medical care. Subsequently, a person is typically expected to return to his countr…

  • Certificate of Good Conduct

    ⑧ How to Get Certificate of Good Conduct / No Criminal Record

    How to Obtain Certificate of Good Conduct? No criminal record certificate and better known as Certificate of Good Conduct in Belgium. The French name is ‘Extrait de Casier Judiciaire’ whereas, the Dutch name is ‘Uittreksel uit het Strafregister’. For US citizens, the term is FBI Clearance. Other t…

  • Legalization of Documents

    ⑦ Legalisation of Documents: Certificate of Celibacy and Birth Certificate + Sworn Translator

    What is Legalisation? Legalisation is a process of checking the origin of the document and certifying it to be authentic for use in a foreign country. Depending on the legalisation treaty agreement between Belgium, the country involved and the type of documents concerned, it will determine whether the applica…

  • Financial Pledge Support Bijlage Annexe 3bis

    ⑥ Annexe/Bijlage 3bis: Pledge of Financial Support Formal Obligation Form

    Bijlage 3 bis/Annexe 3bis For legal cohabitation purpose: When applying for a Type C Short Stay Visa of not more than 90 days in Schengen, one requirement of the Belgian Immigration Office is to ensure:- d) the documents indicating that you have sufficient personal means of subsistence, both for the duration …

  • Cohabitation Visa or Fiance Visa Belgium

    ⑤ Schengen Type C Travel Visa to Declare Legal Cohabitation

    Travel Visa C and Long-Stay Visa D: Legal Cohabitation The Belgian Immigration Office website in Belgium states the following statement: The visa ‘with a view to declaring a legal cohabitation in Belgium’ is a C type visa (Schengen visa). Before arriving in Belgium, I was regularly referring to the Belgium Em…

  • Registered Partnership Belgium

    ④ Create Record at Municipal Before Registered Partnership

    Creating Impression on First Enquiry Visit in Commune for Cohabitation Visa Process My first visit to the commune in Antwerp was 2014. I was holding a 12-months French Student Visa to study the French language from January to December. On 9 December 2014 when I was in Belgium, my Belgian boyfriend and I took …

  • Cohabitation Process in Belgium

    ③ Cohabitation Process in Belgium – Timeline Events Overview

    Timeline Events Overview on Legal Cohabitation Visa Process The events timeline is an overview of my cohabitation visa process in Belgium. It has a detailed breakdown for each document required by the Belgian Immigration Office (IBZ). It is also the spine of my Legal Cohabitation Visa Survival Guide for a Wel…

  • Legal Cohabitation Belgium Benefits vs Marriage

    ② Legal Cohabitation: An Alternative to Marriage & De Facto Relationship

    Legal Cohabitation: An Alternative to Marriage Is Marriage Every Girl’s Dream? For the past few years of my relationship with my Belgian boyfriend, we did not know such a procedure as legal cohabitation exists in Belgium. Undoubtedly, I had little knowledge and thought that marriage was the only possibl…

  • Legal Cohabitation Introduction: Living Together Procedure in Belgium

    ① Introduction to Legal Cohabitation Visa Survival Series for a Well-Prepared Battle

    Introduction – Legal Cohabitation Visa.  Hello to all the YOUs out there! A very warm welcome to the website, LIVE IN BELGIUM. The creation of this website based on my first-hand experience of the legal cohabitation visa process (living together procedure in Belgium) leading to family reunification. Sub…

April, 2017

  • 16 April

    ㉔ Cohabitation Visa Belgium » Family Reunification » Archive

    Cohabitation Visa Belgium - Archive, Q&A, Table of Contents

    Cohabitation Visa Belgium Questions and Answers Archive Cohabitation Visa Belgium Q & A section is a recap or archive of all the articles and the table of contents written for my entire series of Legal Cohabitation Visa Survival Series for a Well-Prepared Battle. Click on the link for any question …

  • 15 April

    ㉓ You Are Wanted! Guest Blogging | Legal Cohabitation Visa

    Guest Blogging for Legal Cohabitation Visa Process

    Contribute as a Guest Blogger to help Fellow Expats Understand the Legal Cohabitation Visa Process Through Your Precious Experience I am inviting you to contribute as a guest blogger about your legal cohabitation process in Belgium. It is a space for you to share your smooth journey or to vent …

  • 14 April

    ㉒ Moving to Belgium Checklist for Cohabitation and Marriage

    Cohabitation Checklist: Moving to Belgium for Legal Cohabitation and Marriage

    Family Reunion Checklist – Items to Do and Bring for Legal Cohabitation or Marriage Are you moving to Belgium to be with your loved ones for a family reunion? Be it for marriage or legal cohabitation, relocating overseas is always an extremely stressful affair for anyone. This checklist for moving …

  • 13 April

    ㉑ 9 Tips for Couples Applying for Cohabitation Visa Later

    Cohabitation Visa Tips for Couples in Belgium

    9 Practical Tips for Couples Applying for Legal Cohabitation Visa Are you thinking of applying for the cohabitation visa at a later date? This article provides 9 tips for couples who are researching for information on legal cohabitation visa. Most of all, they do not want to start the cohabitation …

  • 12 April

    ⑳ Cohabitation Visa Denied: What to Do for Rejection? Reapply the Cohabitation Visa, Appeal or Hire a Lawyer?

    Cohabitation Visa Denied: What to Do for Visa Rejection? Reapply the Cohabitation Visa, Appeal or Hire a Lawyer?

    Course of Action: Cohabitation Visa F Card Rejection If your application for the Residence Permit F Card is rejected, you will receive a letter from the authority to leave the country within a month. Being refused is very disappointing. Do not be disheartened and brace up. Here are some actions …

March, 2017

  • 22 March

    ⑲ Long-Awaited F Card Belgium Triumph: Belgian eID Procedure

    F Card Belgium: Belgian eID Procedure

    F Card Belgium: Belgian eID Procedure What is F and F+ Card? The F Card (Appendix 9) is issued to family members of third-country nationals in Belgium based on the right to family reunification with a Belgian or EU citizen after the approval of their residence application. The F Card is …

October, 2016

  • 30 October

    ⑱ Legal Cohabitation Visa Template for Documents and Proof of Relationship

    Legal Cohabitation Visa Template

    Legal Cohabitation Visa Template for Presenting Proof of Relationship & Required Documents The presentation template is in conjunction with the first part of the article – 13) Proof of Relationship: Ideas and Suggestions for Legal Cohabitation Visa. I design the order according to my 3) Timeline Events Overview of Cohabitation Visa. Hence, …

  • 8 October

    ⑰ Belgian/EU Partner Proof of Income, Health Insurance and Housing

    Belgian/EU Partner's Proof of Income, Housing and Health Insurance for Cohabitation Visa Process in Belgium

    Belgian/EU Partner Proof of Income, Housing & Health Insurance for Legal Cohabitation This article concentrates on the document requirements of the partners residing in Belgium. What do they need to prepare? The minimum salary requirement for proof of income is a great concern for most couples. In fact, this is one …

September, 2016

  • 21 September

    ⑯ Orange Card + Annexe / Bijlage 19ter: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

    Orange Card Belgium + Annexe/Bijlage 19ter: Everything you need to know after you have declared your legal cohabitation in Belgium.

    Orange Card Belgium: How Long It Takes? Can I Work and Travel? What is Bijlage 19ter? (Hint: Working) What is an Orange Card for Cohabitation in Belgium? Photo Credit: Agentschap Integratie en Inburgering Orange Card Belgium is an informal name for the official term of ‘Certificate of Registration – Model …

August, 2016

  • 31 August

    ⑮ Cohabitation Approval and Orange Card Appointment: What to Bring?

    Legal Cohabitation Approval & Orange Card Appointment: What to Bring?

    Approval of Legal Cohabitation Declaration and Things to Bring for Orange Card Declaration of Legal Cohabitation Approved On 10 August 2016, six days after the cohabitation visa documents submission, one email requested me to submit the approved Declaration of Legal Cohabitation Contract (Verklaring Wettelijke Samenwoning). So, they wanted me to …

  • 16 August

    ⑭ What to Expect from Police Visit: Prepare Mentally to Handle Challenging Questions

    Police Visit for Cohabitation Visa Belgium

    Manage Your Expectation of Police Visit for Legal Cohabitation Process Why is there a Police Visit? There are a lot of sham marriages that took place more than ten years ago. Particularly in Antwerp, it has the highest hit rate. The marriage allows the foreign spouse to be eligible for …

  • 4 August

    ⑬ Proof of Relationship Cohabitation: What to Submit to Belgian Immigration Office?

    Proof of Relationship Cohabitation Evidence

    Proof of Relationship: What to Submit for Legal Cohabitation Visa? On 4 August 2016, I submitted my proof of relationship and documents for my legal cohabitation visa to two different email address. Following that, I will explain briefly below the two reference number files mentioned in the previous article (WS …

July, 2016

  • 22 July

    ⑫ Legal Cohabitation Requirements: Read Alien Office’s Email

    Cohabitation Visa Belgium Requirements

    Legal Cohabitation Requirements after Signing the Contract This post includes the instructions on legal cohabitation requirements in Belgium from the commune. Following my visit after signing the legal cohabitation agreement on 15 July 2016, this article is about the contents of the letters received and the transmission of the emails …

  • 15 July

    ⑪ The Day of Declaring a Legal Cohabitation in Belgium

    Declaration of Legal Cohabitation

    Declaration of Legal Cohabitation within 8 Days Upon Arrival in Belgium A newcomer has to declare their arrival to the commune within eight days of arrival in Belgium. The acceptable timeline to declare a legal cohabitation in Belgium is within three months. If you declare it at a much later …

  • 10 July

    ⑩ Is Medical Certificate Necessary for Cohabitation Before Going to Belgium?

    Is medical certificate necessary to apply for a cohabitation visa in Belgium?

    Do You Need a Medical Certificate? If your passport has a visa-free entry to Schengen Area, it is not mandatory to get a medical certificate before coming to Belgium. People who need to apply a visa application to go to Schengen countries must have a medical certificate as part of …

  • 4 July

    ⑨ Cohabitation Medical Insurance for Family Reunion in Belgium

    Cohabitation Insurance Belgium to Apply for Legal Cohabitation

    What is the difference between Travel Insurance and International Health Insurance? Travel Insurance (Single Trip) Travel insurance is a short-term solution to emergency medical treatment. Therefore, it will not cover long-term medical care. Subsequently, a person is typically expected to return to his country of origin and continue seeking treatment. The …

  • 1 July

    ⑧ How to Get Certificate of Good Conduct / No Criminal Record

    Certificate of Good Conduct

    How to Obtain Certificate of Good Conduct? No criminal record certificate and better known as Certificate of Good Conduct in Belgium. The French name is ‘Extrait de Casier Judiciaire’ whereas, the Dutch name is ‘Uittreksel uit het Strafregister’. For US citizens, the term is FBI Clearance. Other term includes Certificate of …

June, 2016

April, 2016

  • 1 April

    ⑥ Annexe/Bijlage 3bis: Pledge of Financial Support Formal Obligation Form

    Financial Pledge Support Bijlage Annexe 3bis

    Bijlage 3 bis/Annexe 3bis For legal cohabitation purpose: When applying for a Type C Short Stay Visa of not more than 90 days in Schengen, one requirement of the Belgian Immigration Office is to ensure:- d) the documents indicating that you have sufficient personal means of subsistence, both for the duration of …

March, 2016

  • 30 March

    ⑤ Schengen Type C Travel Visa to Declare Legal Cohabitation

    Cohabitation Visa or Fiance Visa Belgium

    Travel Visa C and Long-Stay Visa D: Legal Cohabitation The Belgian Immigration Office website in Belgium states the following statement: The visa ‘with a view to declaring a legal cohabitation in Belgium’ is a C type visa (Schengen visa). Before arriving in Belgium, I was regularly referring to the Belgium Embassy …

  • 28 March

    ④ Create Record at Municipal Before Registered Partnership

    Registered Partnership Belgium

    Creating Impression on First Enquiry Visit in Commune for Cohabitation Visa Process My first visit to the commune in Antwerp was 2014. I was holding a 12-months French Student Visa to study the French language from January to December. On 9 December 2014 when I was in Belgium, my Belgian …

  • 21 March

    ③ Cohabitation Process in Belgium – Timeline Events Overview

    Cohabitation Process in Belgium

    Timeline Events Overview on Legal Cohabitation Visa Process The events timeline is an overview of my cohabitation visa process in Belgium. It has a detailed breakdown for each document required by the Belgian Immigration Office (IBZ). It is also the spine of my Legal Cohabitation Visa Survival Guide for a …

  • 20 March

    ② Legal Cohabitation: An Alternative to Marriage & De Facto Relationship

    Legal Cohabitation Belgium Benefits vs Marriage

    Legal Cohabitation: An Alternative to Marriage Is Marriage Every Girl’s Dream? For the past few years of my relationship with my Belgian boyfriend, we did not know such a procedure as legal cohabitation exists in Belgium. Undoubtedly, I had little knowledge and thought that marriage was the only possible way …

  • 18 March

    ① Introduction to Legal Cohabitation Visa Survival Series for a Well-Prepared Battle

    Legal Cohabitation Introduction: Living Together Procedure in Belgium

    Introduction – Legal Cohabitation Visa.  Hello to all the YOUs out there! A very warm welcome to the website, LIVE IN BELGIUM. The creation of this website based on my first-hand experience of the legal cohabitation visa process (living together procedure in Belgium) leading to family reunification. Subsequently, discussions on the lifestyle …