Your family members can submit an application for family reunification to the Belgian diplomatic or consular post in their country of origin or country of residence. They need to submit a number of documents, including proof of payment of the administrative fee (see ‘Documents required’).
The authorities take their fingerprints and a digital photo.
Your family members receive a proof of submission (annex 15quinquies).
You can check the status of your visa application online by entering your reference number and the location of the diplomatic or consular post.
The Immigration Office needs to take a decision within 9 months. The processing time can be extended due to the complexity of your case or an inquiry in the context of marriages of convenience. If no decision has been taken within this (extended) period, the visa will be granted automatically.
The diplomatic or consular post will inform your family members about the decision of the Immigration Office.
If the family members who want to join you are from a third country whose nationals are not subject to visa requirements, they can travel to Belgium and apply for family reunification at the municipality during their legal stay.