U.S. Citizen Services
The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport processing systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country. It is a worldwide problem, originating in Washington, D.C. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability.
Passport applications accepted overseas on or after May 26, 2015 are affected by this delay. If you applied for a U.S. passport in Belgium (or anywhere overseas) during this time frame and have travel plans within the next 10 business days, please consider requesting an emergency passport at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at which you originally applied. Information about how to apply for an emergency passport is available at the following: http://belgium.usembassy.gov/passports.html
Enhanced Security Measures at the Airport
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continually assesses the global threat environment and re-evaluates the measures taken to promote aviation security. As part of this ongoing process, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson has directed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement enhanced security measures for departures to the U.S. from Brussels National Airport (BRU). During the security examination, officers may also ask that passengers power up some of their electronic devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted on-board the aircraft. Passengers are encouraged to charge their electronic devices prior to arrival at the airport and to allow extra time for screening.
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The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of the Consular Section assists American citizens in Belgium. Among other things, the unit provides passport services, registers the birth of children, assists with Federal Benefits, offers notary services, gives information on voting, and provides information to Americans visiting and residing in Belgium. All of these services are available at the Consular Section by appointment.
Social Security Numbers
Applications and documentation for Social Security numbers can be submitted at Embassy Brussels by making an appointment for notary services at http://belgium.usembassy.gov/online_appointment_system_for_acs.html. Online appointments are required for all public service. Walk-in service is not possible.
You should review the London Federal Benefits Unit web site section “Social Security Numbers (SSN)” to ensure you understand the documentation required for the processing of requests for assignment of Social Security numbers, verification of Social Security numbers that have already been assigned, and name changes due to marriage, divorce etc.
Online Appointment System For ACS
Appointments are required for all public services. No walk-in service is available. This new system greatly reduces your wait time at the Embassy and increases our efficiency. Please schedule a separate appointment for each applicant and for each service after you have completely read the information on our website related to the public service you need.
To reduce your wait time, please fill out all official application forms and paperwork online in advance and bring them with you to your appointment. You may download the most commonly used application forms here:
The ACS Unit also provides emergency assistance to American citizens in distress: when an American is destitute, arrested, separated from minor children, or sick. In an emergency, the Embassy Duty Officer can be reached at any time.
The information on this website is designed to help you understand the services we can offer and to provide some useful information which may help you during your stay, be it long or short, in Belgium.
The ACS unit will NOT be able to answer questions about visas.
Use the links on the left for more information about our services.
Online appointments are mandatory for all public services. Walk-in service is no longer available except for emergency replacement of lost/stolen passports with immediate travel.
Bd du Regentlaan 25
Mon-Tue-Thu: 2.00 p.m.-4.00 p.m.
Wed: 8.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
Fri: 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Schedule your appointment now
(a separate appointment per applicant
and per service is required).
Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Wed: 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
No appointment required for pick-ups.
How to get into the Embassy
PLEASE do not bring mobile phones or electronic devices, such as Blackberries, iPods or PDA, nor large bags. They are not allowed within the Embassy.