You want to reside in Belgium for a long period of time or permanently.
You must lodge your application for a visa in person at the Belgian embassy or consulate ((opent in nieuw venster)) of your country of residence.
If there is no Belgian embassy or consulate in your country of residence, you should apply at the Belgian embassy or consulate responsible for your country. It is usually located in a neighbouring country.
You will then have to take part in an interview during which you will be asked about the reason you want to travel to Belgium.
The procedure you must follow depends on:
- your nationality
- the period of your stay
- the goal of your stay in Belgium
Citizens of EEA countries (European Economic Area) can benefit from a simplified procedure. They usually only need an identity card or a passport.
At diplomatie.belgium.be, you can find more information about visas ((opent in nieuw venster)). You may also request more information at your local Belgian embassy or consulate.
If you want to reside in Belgium permanently, you will need other documents after your visa expires. To apply for these documents, you may contact the Immigration Office of the Federal public service Home Affairs.
You can find more information about the residence documents you need to permanently move to Belgium ((opent in nieuw venster)) on Belgium.be.