I’m LEGAL(ish)!

By - January 18, 2006 (Updated: November 30, 2014)

Finally. This morning I had a call from the commune to come and pick up my Identity Card.

It’s orange, which means it’s tied to Andrew’s. So I still can’t work. However, now that I have it I am allowed to stay here for a year (then I have to renew) and I can leave and re-enter the country as I wish.

After everything I’ve been through, the actual event was rather anti-climactic. I rather expected a parade… or at least a band… or at least a ‘Welcome to Belgium.’

All I got was, “That will be twelve fifty please.”

Oh well.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson
Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  1. Comment by Di

    Alison Cornford-Matheson

    Di January 18, 2006 at 15:39

    Yayyyyyyyyy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So envious I am, but hmmmmmmmm, this requires wine methinks.

  2. Comment by Andreea

    Alison Cornford-Matheson

    Andreea January 18, 2006 at 21:03

    Yey! Congratulations. Welcome to the legalish expat community 🙂
    Tagged you a 4xmeme on my recipe site. Hope you’ll enjoy it 🙂

  3. Comment by christine vardaros

    Alison Cornford-Matheson

    christine vardaros March 23, 2008 at 18:56

    I just came across your “red tape” blog and simultaneously laughed and cried so hard that i just about fell off my chair! I am in the middle of a very similar red tape debacle as i try (often times feeling like it is in vain) to gain permission from Belgium to live in Everberg. Yes, the apostille threw me off too! Why is it that a simple birth certificate with only twenty total words, half of which are names, has to be translated from english by a gov’t approved translator, stamped for accuracy, AND get an additional stamp stating it is what it is – as if someone in belgium would know what a birth certificate from another country would look like! UGH!!!
    THanks again for venting on your blog. It made me feel like I not only am not alone but that there is hope all will be fine in the end.

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