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Staying in Belgium more than 3 months - help needed!

Staying in Belgium more than 3 months - help needed!

Old Aug 16th 2018, 2:39 pm
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Question Staying in Belgium more than 3 months - help needed!

Hi all,

This is my first post here and I'll greatly appreciate any help because I'm starting to lose my mind a little bit.

A bit about my situation:

I'm at UK citizen with a UK passport but I've been living and working in New Zealand for the past 3 years. Whilst in NZ I met my girlfriend, who is Belgian, and as of 3 weeks ago I've relocated to Wallonie to be with her. We're living together, at her parents property, as we've both come from NZ neither of us are currently working.

I'm unsure as to what type of VISA I can get to remain in Belgium for longer than 3 months (indefinitely would be ideal)! As I'm not working at the moment it's a bit tricky, to make things a bit more confusing we live in the middle of nowhere and my UK driving licence has expired (I have a valid NZ licence) and as a non-resident I don't think I can buy a car....?

I have a fair bit of cash saved up and was planning to not work for a little bit whilst I get my head around the language and settle in. My questions:

- Is my easiest option just to find a job, get the registration, buy a car and then start that job?
- How long do I have to stay in said job to keep my visa/residency valid?
- Can the job be part-time? How many hours count as a job?
- Can I drive on my NZ licence with my girlfriends car? I seem to need an international permit, but don't think I can get one because I'm not technically a resident..anywhere..? I can't renew my UK licence without being resident there.
- Can I get a visa based on my savings and ability to support myself? I have current travel insurance too.
- Are there options with partnership visas? Co-habitation visas etc?

My goal is to live and work here indefinitely.

Any help is greatly appreciated! Our local commune doesn't know much about it!

Cheers, Tom
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Old Aug 16th 2018, 11:58 pm
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If you are a British citizen, then you are also an EU citizen. So I don't know why you want a visa. You need to get onto the UK government websites for residency in Belgium and find the info you need there. Also you can get an apt with the UK consulate in Belgium and find out from them what the requirements are for living in Belgium as a UK citizen. This may mean getting health insurance and having a certain amount of money in the bank so that you are not a burden on the country. Different EU countries have different criteria.. Other than that I cannot see you have a problem. Apply for residency once you have gone through these other lines of question. They will tell you how to do it. I do not think you have to worry about that.
Sorry i cannot help with driving situation. Use the search button re this as it has been discussed many times on the forum. Good luck. Let us know how you get on
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Old Aug 17th 2018, 12:08 pm
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If you are living in Belgium then you are now resident in Belgium.

As an EU citizen you can stay for up to three months without having to register. After three months you will need to register with the town hall. You don't need a visa as an EU citizen although you will need health insurance and evidence that you can support yourself if you are not working.

You can exchange your expired UK driving licence for a Belgian one. Make a note of your UK driving licence number before you do so - you'll need this should you ever return to the UK and wish to have your UK licence reissued to you with your correct entitlements.

There is no issue with you buying a car.
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Old Oct 9th 2018, 1:08 am
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Don't you just hate it when people don't pop back in? The OP was active again on the 22nd of August and did not made any more posts so probably saw the answers and disappeared.
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Old Oct 18th 2018, 9:32 am
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I guess he got the answer he wanted. end of .Does leave people hanging though I agree.. No manners these younguns
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