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Registration of a new-born child

Registration of a new-born child

The documents that have to be submitted, depend on the country where you and/or your child are born.

I. You are Belgian and were born in Belgium

II. You are Belgian and you as well as your child were born outside of Belgium

I. You are Belgian and were born in Belgium

A. Your child was born in Canada

In this case there are two possibilities.

1. You are married to the father/mother on the day of your child’s birth

Your child has the Belgian nationality at birth. You send to the Consulate-General by e-mail (documents preferably in pdf - they should not exceed 7 Mb in total).

  • The registration form, either in Dutch or in French and a passport photo. The registration form has to be signed by both parents;
  • Birth certificate of the child (extended version including the personal details of (both) (the) parent(s): A recent (not older than 6 months old) true copy issued by the Office of the Registrar;
  • Proof of your residence status in Canada (copy front/back of the permanent resident card, work visa, student visa etc.);
  • Proof of your spouse’s residence status in Canada (copy front/back of the permanent resident card, work visa, student visa etc.);
  • A photocopy of the passport of the non-Belgian parent (this is not necessary if both parents are Belgian);
  • A photocopy of any other passport of the child, should it also have another nationality.

2. You are not married to the father/mother on the day of your child’s birth

Your child has the Belgian nationality at birth. You send to the Consulate-General by e-mail (documents preferably in pdf - they should not exceed 7 Mb in total):

  • The registration form, either in Dutch or in French and a passport photo. The registration form has to be signed by both parents;
  • Birth certificate of the child (extended version including the personal details of (both) (the) parent(s): A recent (not older than 6 months old) true copy issued by the Office of the Registrar;
  • Proof of your residence status in Canada (copy front/back of the permanent resident card, work visa, student visa etc.);
  • A photocopy of any other passport of the child, should it also have another nationality;
  • Documents to be submitted by the non-Belgian parent (this is not necessary if both parents are Belgian):
  1. A photocopy of his/her passport;
  2. Proof of his residence status in Canada (copy front/back of the permanent resident card, work visa, student visa etc.);
  3. Confirmation of his/her civil status on the date of the child’s birth.
  4. The parent has Canadian citizenship
     
    • If he/she is born in the province of Quebec: an attestation that he/she has not been married within the 300 days preceding the child’s birth. This document is issued by the Quebec authorities. For more information click here;
    • If he/she is born in another province: he/she has to present a statutory declaration signed before a notary public.
  5. The parent has another nationality: He/she contacts his embassy/consulate in Canada, in order to obtain the confirmation of civil status on the date of the child’s birth.

The Belgian nationality is not automatically granted. We will inform you after having reviewed the presented documents. Other documents  might be requested, if need be.

B. Your child was not born in Canada:

The same documents as mentioned above (see A point 1 or 2)

AND

The birth certificate will possibly have to be legalised and/or translated by a sworn translator.

a. Legalisation:

Please consult this page.

b. Translation:

Translations in Dutch, French, German or English are accepted.

You can use the services of

  • a Canada-based translator registered with the CTTIC, http://www.cttic.org or OTTIAQ, www.ottiaq.org. Please ask this translator to issue a cover note with his/her name, signature and contact details. This Consulate-General will then legalise the translator’s signature;
  • of a sworn translator in the country of birth of your child. The translator’s signature has to legalised. For more information please contact the appropriate Belgian Embassy/Consulate general;
  • use the services of a sworn translator in Belgium. Please ask the translator to have his/her signature legalised by the local Court in Belgium.

II. You are Belgian and you as well as your child were born outside of Belgium:

Your child did not obtain Belgian citizenship from birth. You can, if you so wish, give your child Belgian citizenship before his/her fifth birthday by means of a declaration of attribution of citizenship.