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How long to get D card in Belgium


Hello everyone,

In September 2019 it will be 6 years since started living in Belgium and 3 and half years since I started working.
I spent the first 2 years studying. I started working after that after a wait for work permit and short job search. I'd like to apply for the D card and subsequently apply for the nationality. I am not from the EU.

I'd like to know if I can apply for the D card already a month and half before completing the official 5 years of residence (considering 2 years counts as one while studying). And how long would I have to wait to get it? Would I be able to apply for the nationality immediately after?

And by the way, when I read through websites and forums I see that to apply for nationality one needs to have resided in the country for 5 or 10 years. When does this 10 years apply?

Thanks in advance.


Yes you can apply for D card as long as you are currently working. Your commune should tell you duration. Yes once you get it you can immediately apply for nationality as long as other criteria are met. Not sure about the 10 year thing but you should qualify once you prove 5 year residence and 468 working days (roughly 2.25 years) just prior to application.

Aug 10, 2019 00:35

Hi Crisscross, thanks for your response.

Aug 10, 2019 09:37

Your welcome.

See my last post in this for eligibility.

Aug 12, 2019 09:06