Cohabitation or marriage?!
Dear forum members,
I am in need of some serious advice. I'm an Indian national wanting to marry my Belgian partner of 1.7 years. I have been living in Belgium since September 2014 and in September 2017, I moved in together with my partner. I am not a dependent. My dilemma is should I apply for cohabitation or marry my partner instead? I have heard that disapproved marriages have a hard time applying for cohabitation visas. Is this true?
I have a work contract in Belgium until the end of March 2018, and after that I'll be moving to another country for work in any case. Therefore, I would want to have visa-free access to visit my husband-to-be (who might not be immediately moving with me to my new workplace country). Would anybody know how long it takes for a marriage to be official or how long the cohabitation visa process takes in Belgium? What's the best bet for me at this point? Has anybody gone through the same?