What do you need to do to extend your stay in Belgium?

Why do you need to renew your residence card?

You have an electronic type A foreign nationals card. This card expires on 4 March 2023. The European Council decided to extend temporary protection for refugees from Ukraine until 4 March 2024.

So you can legally reside in Belgium even after 4 March 2023. You must, however, extend your stay yourself. You can do this by applying for a new type A electronic foreign nationals card.

When should you apply for a new card?

The City of Antwerp will send you an email which will tell you when you can apply for your new card.

What is important when you receive this email?

  • You must apply for your new card as soon as possible.
  • You must apply by 15 February 2023.

 Please note: You are responsible for requesting your new card in good time.

How do you apply for a new card?

1. Make an appointment for you and your family members at the Administrative Reception (Den Bell, Francis Wellesplein 1, B-2018 Antwerp)

Make an appointment online.

Please note:

  • The Administrative Reception will not help you without an appointment.
  • You can only make an appointment online.
  • Make 1 appointment per person. The same applies for your minor children.
  • Come to your appointment in person. Children must also come to the appointment in person.

2. What should you bring to your appointment?

  • your electronic type A foreign nationals card
    Has your card been lost or stolen? Please bring the declaration form you received from the police.
  • your bank card or cash
    • Are you aged 18 or older? You will need to pay 73.80 euros.
    • Are you between the ages of 12 and 17? You will need to pay 24.30 euros.
  • A passport photo no more than 6 months old
    Read all the requirements for a passport photo.
    Don’t have a passport photo? You can get a passport photo from the photo booth in the Administrative Reception area. Please come to your appointment 15 minutes early to take the photos. You will need to pay 6 euros for 6 passport photos.

Do you have children under the age of 12?

Children under the age of 12 should not apply for a Type A electronic foreign nationals card. They can, however, extend their non-Belgian kids-ID.

What is the procedure for renewing the non-Belgian kids-ID?

1. Make an appointment for your child at the Administrative Reception (Den Bell, Francis Wellesplein 1, B-2018 Antwerp)

Make an appointment online.

Please note:

  • The Administrative Reception will not help you without an appointment.
  • You can only make an appointment online.
  • Make 1 appointment per person.

2. One of the parents must be present at the appointment. What do you bring to your appointment?

  • the current non-Belgian kids-ID
    Has the card been lost or stolen? Please bring the declaration form you received from the police.
  • a passport photo for your child no more than 6 months old
    Read all the requirements for a passport photo.
    Don’t have a passport photo? You can get a passport photo from the photo booth in the Administrative Reception area. Please come to your appointment 15 minutes early to take the photos. You will need to pay 6 euros for 6 passport photos.

The renewal of a non-Belgian Kids-ID is free of charge.

Any further questions?

  • Do you have any questions about working and studying, learning Dutch, medical or psychological support, a school for your child or your residence documents? Then take part in the free information sessions at Atlas. You will receive an answer to your questions in a language you understand. Are you interested? Find out more about the free information sessions ‘Welcome to Antwerp’.
  • If, after the information sessions, you still have questions regarding your personal situation, then sign up for personal guidance at Atlas.