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Applying for Belgian nationality with F-card

Question

I have been living in Belgium for more than 10 years and I want to apply for a Belgian nationality. My current situation:

- legally lived in BE for more than 10 years without interruption
- since 2020 I have had an F-card (married to an EU citizen)
- Belgian Msc and PhD degree
- worked full time but not in a row since I did a PhD recently

2 questions:
I am wondering whether I am allowed to apply for Belgian citizenship.

1. Is it fine to apply directly with F-card?
2. Do they still count my student years half? (given that I have been living in BE for more than 10 years)

becasse

The answer is probably but you only need to go to the population section of your commune/gemeente to find out for certain. You may well have to take a language test but the standard required is only A2 so, as you have been living here more than 10 years, that shouldn't be a problem. You also have to show social integration, the fact that you have both obtained two Belgian higher degrees and worked may well prove sufficient for that.
Even if student years are still counted as half, you will still have passed the first five year hurdle, in theory you need a F+ card but in practice just having a F card shouldn't be a problem if you meet the other requirements.

Jan 6, 2022 10:54
J

The answer is almost certainly "yes".

Now go to your commune, talk to them, and work out which procedure you need to follow. There are several ways of doing it and the best one for you depends on your particular circumstances.

Jan 6, 2022 10:58
nfoster

5 year application changes the conditions. For a 10 year application you can choose how you demonstrate integration. For 5 years you have to tick boxes eg your Belgian degrees have to be in a national language. Won't work if they are in English, regardless of your language level....

Feb 3, 2022 23:40