Got married to Adrian in Canada.
Adrian claims UK citizenship by descent, thus I become married to an EU citizen.
Decide to move to Belgium.
Submit our Canadian marriage certificate to the Canadian High Commission in Australia for legalisation.
Present ourselves to the Leuven Town Hall.
Discover that the marriage certificate actually needs to be certified by the Belgian Embassy in Canada.
A friend retrieves the certificate from Canberra and posts it to Canada.
Receive my legalised marriage certificate.
Bring my legalised marriage certificate, passport, and rental contract to the Leuven Town hall to initiate my request for residency.
The police verify my address.
I am granted a five-month temporary residency and work permit until August.
We move house, and present ourselves to the Saint Gilles Town Hall. The police will have to verify our address before they can acknowledge our residency.
The police come to our apartment and go through our wardrobe to ensure our marriage is legitimate. Apparently this is quite normal in Brussels.
I receive an appointment at the Saint Gilles Town Hall. I present proof that we are living in Saint-Gilles. They take my temporary work permit, and tell me I will receive the codes to activate my 5-year permit in 15-21 days.
I go to the Town Hall to inform them the codes have not arrived in the post, and request new codes.
We inform the Town Hall that the codes have still not arrived.
I receive a letter from the Town Hall informing me that my codes have arrived.
I go to the Town Hall, and I am given a ticket to return the next morning at 8am.
I return the next morning, and I am told to return the following morning at 8am.
I return the next morning, and I am presented with my very own “carte de sejour de membre de la famille d’un citoyen d l’Union”.
I become eligible for Belgian citizenship if I demonstrate sufficiency in one of their official languages.