- From: Ile Maurice / Mauritius
- Registered: 2011-02-23
- Posts: 21577
Getting married in Belgium
We invite all the ones who got married in Belgium or who are about to get married in Belgium to participate in this thread
What are the formalities to get married in Belgium? Is it the same for a couple of foreigners of for a mixed couple (between a foreigner and a native of Belgium)?
Are the procedures complicated?
How long does it take to carry out all the formalities?
Thank you in advance for participating,
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- From: West Vlaanderen
- Registered: 2012-02-29
- Posts: 7
Re: Getting married in Belgium
It has been two years ago since I started the paperwork for applying a marriage visa, memories are a bit rusty but tried my best.
These are the required documents I needed at that time, I'm sure it changes according to countries and also probably changed by time.
1. 3 visa application forms + 3 recent photos within 6 months with white background
2. Passport (validity at least one year) and copy of passport.
3. The household registration (partial) in Chinese. -This is a proof I was living in Taiwan. I guess it will be something else depending on your country.
4. Police record for every person older than 18. -Making sure you aren't a criminal?? Don't know what is the procedures if you do have some record with the police....
5. Medical certificate certifying that the applicant has not contracted a contagious or transmittable disease, or a disease that can be dangerous for public safety. -There was an assigned hospital and list of required items that you need to get checked.
In general, it concerns following documents for the proof:
Certificate of celibacy
Certificate of nationality
Proof of residency
Certified copy of passport
If the future spouse is not present personally for the notification, a consignment letter can be requested.
There was something not listed on here : Getuigschrift van gebruiken inzake huwelijk. It's the general marriage laws of your origin country, at least that's what I was told. Can apply at the embassy of your country in Belgium.
- Here is the tricky part!! This took quite a while before I got this document!! I needed to send documents to my spouse then he could apply for marriage notice in the city hall in Belgium. When my spouse applied for it, he waited for like a month, then he got a call from the police that they wanted to do a interview with US. Yes, us, but I wasn't in Belgium!! Fortunately, they agreed to do an interview first with my spouse, then I can do my interview when I'm in Belgium. (Then actually how do they know if the marriage is genuine if the marriage was done separately??)
7. Proof of sufficient financial means or an affidavit of financial support signed by a Belgian national.
Affidavit of financial support:
form available at the city hall, signed by the guarantor and signature must be legalized at the city hall
copy of identity card of the guarantor
proof of regular income of the guarantor
6. and 7. need your spouse to send to you after applying
***All documents from your country need to be translated to Dutch, French or Germen(according to where your spouse is living. After being translated, it also needs to be legalized by a Notary Public.
After I got all the papers above, did hand in my application (Costs 60 euro) They then send all the documents back to Belgium to be examined. After....three months I think, finally got the call that I got my visa!!
I hope all these don't look too messy to understand. But if there is any problem, will try my best to help!
- From: Mauritius/Ile Maurice
- Registered: 2011-06-13
- Posts: 19273
Re: Getting married in Belgium