Applying for the permanent resident card
I have a question about getting a permanent resident permit. Some facts about me:
- I am non-EU.
- I have been living in Belgium for around 7 years;
- I am married to an EU citizen (not Belgian but we got married in Flanders);
- I used to study for two years early days (Master's degree);
- I worked for more than 3 years (paid taxes and stuff);
- Now I am a Ph.D. student in of the Flemish universities (so I have a student status);
- and I still hold the useless A-card.
Last year, when I wanted to renew my A-card, I asked for a permanent resident permit. The city hall refused to file an application (for B- or C- card) since I had a student status due to my Ph.D. study. I was told that I cannot apply for a long-term resident card and having student status at the time of application, although I met all of the requirements according to her.
Is applying F-card through my wife an option for me? My concern is to apply for citizenship (passport, etc.) afterward. Is this even possible? I heard applying for F-card reset the 7 years of my history in Belgium since the orange card is considered interruption from their point of view. Is that right? or I need to wait yet another 5 years with F-Card to get F+-card and then apply for nationality?
Thanks a lot in advance!