Welcome to Easy Expat!
I assume you are both US Citizens? We just posted an article about Obtaining a Visa to Live, Study and Work in the Schengen Area
which should be of value to you. In addition, there is an Expat guide to Brussels
that has information on visas
I sounds as if you would be applying for temporary residency in Belgium - is that right? The Embassy of Belgium in Washington, DC has advice on the subject: http://www.diplobel.us/travelingbelgium ... tirees.asp
"HOW TO APPLY?
Please submit the following documents in person:
1. A valid national passport (validity 15 months).
2.Two original visa application forms and three recent passport-size photographs.
Include three sets of the following documents (one original set of documents and two copies) collated and stapled:
The originals will be returned to you together with your passport and visa. You will need them to register at city hall in Belgium.
3. Language form : (in French, Dutch or German); Choose one of the forms and indicate your language preference (or no preference). The option you choose will be used by the Belgian Home Office to communicate its decision regarding your visa application. There is no English version of this document. Please retain a copy for your records.
Indicate your name: full name as it appears on your passport (nom du demandeur, naam visumaanvrager, name visumbewerber)
Number of the file will be indicated by this office (numéro du dossier – dossiernummer - aktenzeichen)
Indicate in what language you wish your file to be handled
have no preference (geen voorkeur, pas de preference, keiner sprache den vorzug)
prefer French (français, frans, französischer sprache)
prefer Dutch (néerlandais, nederlands, niederländischer sprache)
prefer German (allemand, duits, deutscher sprache)
Date the form (format : DAY MONTH YEAR (NOT: MONTH, DAY, YEAR)
Sign the form (no need to notarize it)
4. A medical certificate (MS Word) - (PDF) according to the model enclosed. For a list of doctors affiliated with the Embassy or the Consulate General, click here.
If you choose your family physician, the doctor's signature needs to be notarized. The medical document should be less than 3 months old from the date of your application.
5. a nationwide criminal history record (FBI Identi-fication Record) covering the last five years, obtained from the FBI CJIS Division (Record Request, 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg, WV 26306), dated within six months of your date of application for the visa.
6. Proof of sufficient available funds and/or income, e.g. Social Security, bank letters, bank statements covering at least a period of 6 months, income from real estate properties, etc.
7. A letter stating why you wish to take up residency in Belgium, e.g. because you have family in Belgium or have been living there before. It is very important to show sufficient proof of ties to Belgium.
8. Written letters of reference from Belgium (names, address, telephone numbers, relationship).
9. A pre-paid envelope if you wish to have your passport and visa sent back to your home address. The embassy or Consulate General is not responsible for lost items during shipping.
10. Visa application fee (this price includes consular taxes and handling fees). "
I would recommend consulting directly with the embassy for the most up-to-date advice. Immigration attorneys are of course helpful, but costly. Do as mush research as possible on your own so that if you do need to consult a professional, you will know what is required and what exactly you need help with.
My last recommendation to chat with expats currently in Belgium through the expat network
or check out expat blogs
. Anyone else have advice? Best of luck!