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Documentary proof: I am Belgian!

In answer to various questions asked on Facebook:

Victoria: yes, it was an easy procedure; once you've lived here for seven years (if you have an unlimited residence permit or authorisation to settle in Belgium) you just bring a translation of your birth certificate to the town hall and fill in a form. They charge you a tenner for giving you a new ID card (see illustration below, with my ID number and signature chopped out). There are various other more bureaucratic mechanisms, but it was pretty painless. See here for the full list, and here for the specific mechanism we used.

Svetlana: Obviously I understand why you, as a proud citizen of your own country, would never do such a thing!!!! But I explained it all here. The only practical difference in our lives is that voting in all elections is now compulsory.

Andy: Flemish. It doesn't say so officially, of course, but you'll notice that the card is basically in Dutch and English.

Tineke: I believe that it is an electoral district!!!!! (And I'm never home in time to watch that programme, but maybe I'll start buying the comics.)

Peter/Howard: Ha ha, very funny.

Catie/Eleanor/Amadeo/Mark: Thanks!

ID card

The photograph isn't very flattering, but such things rarely are!

Comments

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alacsony
Sep. 25th, 2008 11:23 am (UTC)
Wow! Very 2.0! Looks much like our transportation card. What's the chip for?
artw
Sep. 25th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
To track our movements after curfew.
pvaneynd
Sep. 26th, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
That makes it an eID card.

The signature on it can be read out with a nice opensource library provided by the government, even in debian (use the google cache as the server it down ATM).

Current uses include filing your taxes online and proving that you are underage for certain MSN chatrooms IIRC.

More info in .nl and .fr is here.
burkesworks
Sep. 25th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
Congratulations on becoming a Famous Belgian!
tchernabyelo
Sep. 25th, 2008 11:49 am (UTC)
Sounds like it might have been a slightly less arduous process than me trying to become an American...
splinister
Sep. 25th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
barnacle
Sep. 25th, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
What's odd is that that photo of you - compared to your various LJ icons - looks... Belgian. I can't put my finger on why.
inulro
Sep. 25th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
That's a harsh photo, even for official ID!
nickbarnes
Sep. 25th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
Who exactly is the person in that photograph?
artw
Sep. 25th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
Not sure but the chip would probably tell you whether they'd ever belonged to CND.
juleske
Sep. 25th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
grats! don't you have to take a compulsory "inburgeringscursus" now?
londonkds
Sep. 25th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'm interested it doesn't show the country in the "birth town" section.
cygny
Sep. 25th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
Yay, hello, fellow countryman :D
uitlander
Sep. 25th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I am just a teeny bit jealous.
inner_storm
Sep. 25th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Congratulations ;)
pgmcc
Sep. 25th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and well done!
sevenorora
Sep. 27th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Hello, fellow countryman ;)

I think your picture is rather nice than mine. I'm counting the days till I can get a new one... wich is in march 2012 :/

Anyway, welcome. I hope you realise what you signed up for... with the political climate lately ;)
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