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Applying for nationality (language skills different from regional)


Hi all, I live in Flanders and i have all requirements for applying for nationality. For the languages though, i only know French (also have B1). Does anybody managed to get the nationality without knowing the language of the region? We just moved here from Brussels. I would appreciate any help.


The only exception to language is when working 5 year uninterrupted, the work satisfies the language requirement and is no proof is required to prove.

The law on nationality is a national one, there is no regional difference. You can submit the language requirement for any of the 3 national languages.

Jun 5, 2018 10:22

If you have B1 French, you're capable of googling your answer too.

Jun 5, 2018 10:23

You need to know one of the national languages, it doesn't have to be the language of the region you live in (even though that would make more sense).

I would recommend acquiring a working knowledge of Dutch anyway, regardless of the citizenship issue.

Jun 6, 2018 09:54

Yep, if you are planning to live here, you should learn the language.

Jun 24, 2018 00:44