Stay of more than 3 months in Belgium: registration non-EU/EEA without visa type D

Are you coming to Belgium for a stay of more than 3 months without a visa type D? Then you must register yourself in the city registry as soon as possible. Note: you can only do so if you  already reside at your permanent address in Leuven.

For whom?

You meet all 3 conditions below:

  • You are a non-EU/EEA national.
    Do you have the Swiss nationality? Register as an EU national.
  • You are coming to Belgium for more than 3 months.
  • You do not have a visa type D for one of the following reasons:
    • You are exempt from visa for short stay.
    • You hold a valid residence card of another EU country.
    • You are applying for family reunification with an EU national.

You should preferably come to Belgium with a type D visa.
Do you still wish to apply for your visa in Belgium? Keep in mind that the application procedure may take a long time, and that the municipal authorities or the FPS Home Affairs (Immigration Office) may refuse the visa application.

Not intended for:

  • Foreign students
    Are you coming to Belgium to study at a Belgian university or college? Then you register as a foreign student.
  • In Belgium with a visa type D
    Are you coming to Belgium with a visa type D? In that case, a different procedure applies.
  • Change of status
    Do you already have legal stay of more than 3 months in Belgium and do you wish to change your residence status? In that case, you submit an application for a change of residence status.

How to register?

  1. Register your short stay
    • Register your short stay.
    • State in your application that you wish to submit an application for long stay during your short stay (so as to work in Belgium or for family reunification).
    • We will provide you with the necessary information regarding your application for long stay.
  2. Submit your application for long stay
    Before the period of your short stay expires, you submit your application for long stay.

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