Belgium passport

£2,500.00

 Apply for a Belgian passport

Since you previously asked about applying for a Belgian passport, I can provide a more detailed breakdown of the process:

Eligibility:

The most important requirement is to be a Belgian citizen. Here are some common ways to be eligible:

  • Being born in Belgium: If you were born in Belgium, you are automatically a Belgian citizen.
  • Having a Belgian parent: If at least one of your parents is Belgian, you may be eligible for Belgian citizenship by descent.
  • Meeting residency requirements: If you haven’t met the above criteria, you may be eligible through legal residency in Belgium for a sufficient period (typically 7 years) and fulfilling integration requirements.

Application Process (within Belgium):

  1. Schedule an Appointment: Applying for your first Belgian eID (electronic identity card, which functions as a passport) requires an appointment at your local municipality’s administrative center or a designated liaison office. Check your municipality’s website for details on scheduling.

  2. Prepare Required Documents:

    • Current Belgian identity card or certificate of loss/theft (if applicable): Bring your existing eID if you have one. Otherwise, bring a certificate from the police if it’s lost or stolen.
    • Recent passport photo (maximum 6 months old): The photo must meet specific ICAO standards. You can find information on these standards and where to get approved photos on your municipality’s website.
    • Proof of Belgian citizenship: Birth certificate if you were born in Belgium, or relevant documents proving your eligibility through a Belgian parent.
    • Proof of residency in Belgium: Utility bill, lease agreement, or other documents.
    • Payment for the eID fee: The cost is typically around and may vary depending on your municipality.
  3. Attend Your Appointment: Present your documents, have your fingerprints scanned (unless you’re a minor), and pay the fee.

  4. Collect Your eID: Processing typically takes around 6 weeks. You’ll be notified by mail with a PIN code once your eID is ready for collection. You can collect it without an appointment at the counter where you applied or have it sent by registered mail (may require an additional fee).

Applying from Abroad:

If you are a Belgian citizen residing outside of Belgium, you can apply for a Belgian passport at the nearest Belgian embassy or consulate.

  • Contact the Embassy or Consulate: Find your nearest location through the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website
  • Schedule an Appointment: Most embassies recommend scheduling an appointment in advance.
  • Prepare Required Documents: These will be similar to what’s required in Belgium but may vary slightly depending on the embassy/consulate. Always confirm exact requirements beforehand. They typically include:
    • A completed application form (available online or at the embassy)
    • Proof of Belgian citizenship (birth certificate, etc.)
    • Proof of residency in your current country
    • Two recent passport-sized photographs meeting embassy specifications
    • Payment for the passport fee (fees may vary depending on location and chosen processing speed)
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