Registration in the population register

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Administrative centre

A foreigner who arrives for the first time in Belgium has to contact the Foreigners' Office for the first registration.

The documents that a foreigner needs for the first registration in the register of foreigners depends on the category to which the foreigner belongs:

For more information:

For a change of address (of people registered in the foreigners' register):

Please note that from 1 January 2017, persons registered in the foreigners' register also have to report a change of address to the Population Service.

For more information about asylum:

For the European or international civil servant

The European or international civil servant, who holds a residence permit delivered by the Federal Public service (SPF) Foreign Affairs, has to address his employer for the registration.

Change of address

A change of address has to be reported at the city services:

Practical information

For Europeans:

Foreigners' Office
Administrative centre
Boulevard Anspach 6
3rd floor
1000 Brussels
[plan]

Tel. : 02 279 36 10

Opening hours : from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 12:15 pm (distribution of tickets from 8:15 am)
Telephone hours : from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am till 4 pm
More information : the applications of citizens of the European Union (+ European Economic Area and Switzerland) have to be done by e-mail. Applicants will get an appointment to complete the registration within a maximum period of 8 weeks. Only next administrative steps are immediately possible at the counter: making of an Arrival Declaration (Annex 3), renewal of the registration certificate (orange card) (asylum seekers), extension of the special residence document (Annex 35), requesting urgent cards.

For non-Europeans:

Foreigners' Office
Administrative Centre
Boulevard Anspach 6
3rd floor
1000 Brussels
[plan]

Tel. : 02 279 35 20

Opening hours : from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 12:15 pm (distribution of tickets from 8:15 am)
Telephone hours : from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm
More information : the first applications for a registration of non-European foreigners should be done by e-mail. Only next administrative steps are immediately possible at the counter: making of an Arrival Declaration (Annex 3), renewal of the registration certificate (orange card) (asylum seekers), extension of the special residence document (Annex 35), requesting urgent cards, and from 1 December 2016: applications for a registration of non-European citizens (if a D visa is not required).