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Immediate Relatives: Exceptional I-130 filing in Brussels
April 8, 2022

If you are a U.S. citizen residing in Belgium and you believe you may qualify for the exceptional circumstances provision according to these guidelines https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-6-part-b-chapter-3, please e-mail BrusselsIV@state.gov  and include an explanation along with scanned documentary evidence demonstrating the need for direct filing, such as employment letters, military orders, or medical records. Please also include copies of your U.S. passport, your spouse’s and/or child’s passport(s), the marriage certificate (Copie Intégrale de l’Acte de Mariage if married in Belgium), birth certificate, and/or adoption decree as appropriate. If direct filing authority is granted, the Brussels Consular Section will contact you with the next steps in the immigrant visa process. If your circumstances do not rise to the level of exceptional circumstances, you will be instructed to submit an I-130 petition through the USCIS process.

Certain self-petitioning widows of U.S. citizens may file form I-360 at the Consular Section in Brussels. An appointment is required to file the petition. To schedule an appointment, please e-mail BrusselsIV@state.gov