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Anyone appealed a rejection of belgian nationality application?

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Although I have lived in Belgium since 2000, have worked as an Independent since then and am married to a Belgian my application for Belgian nationality was rejected by the Flemish nazi's in Leuven even though I provided evidence for everything. I'm sure it's because I don't speak Flemish even though that is not necessary if you have worked as an employee or Independent for more than 5 years. Does anyone have experience of the appeals process, how long it might take or how much it costs?

kasseistamper

What chance an appeal succeeding if anyone from Leuven Stadhuis reads this before you remove it?
Or did it really not occur to you how offensive your posting is?

Aug 22, 2018 12:05
J

Which procedure did you use?
What reason were you given for your application being rejected?
Who did it come from?

Aug 22, 2018 13:28
JT2015

Let’s see... you refer to your local town hall as Nazis and haven’t bothered to learn their language in 18 years. Maybe they picked up on that...

You don’t mention your original nationality or the evidence you submitted. There are numerous reasons for rejection and the town hall should be able to explain why your submission was rejected.

Find an immigration lawyer, ask them about the process and they’ll give you a cost estimate.

Aug 23, 2018 02:48
becasse

Leuven were quite right to refuse your application for acquisition of Belgian nationality by declaration. There are five categories into which your application could fall, four of which require 5 years unbroken residence, the other requiring 10 years. Of the five categories, three require you to demonstrate a knowledge (but only to the low A2 standard) of one of the three official languages of Belgium. Of the other two, one requires you to have been born in Belgium and to have lived there ever since, and the other requires you either to be handicapped (to an extent that you are incapable of work) or to have attained pensionable age (ie 65 years).
It is true that the authorities will accept long term work as proof of your language ability (instead having a formal certificate) but very obviously that will only be the case if that work requires you to use one of the three languages - by your own admission that doesn't apply to you.
Therefore you will only be able to acquire Belgian nationality once you reach pensionable age - or have learnt one of the three languages to a satisfactory level.

Aug 23, 2018 14:04
SD

They were quite right to reject your application and I will not be giving you any information. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Aug 25, 2018 10:41
J

There. You see what happens when you piss people off and call the nazis?

Yep - you don't get what you want and it costs you a lot of money.

Aug 25, 2018 11:20
AJ

I do wish that respondents to this type of question would not resort to personal insults, though I would agree that labelling commune staff as "Nazis" is not helpful. I suppose that you must try to find the precise reason why they rejected the application and work from there. Maybe it was "technical" issue. Send a letter to mayor pehaps. I have the impression that the communes are under orders to make applications for passports as difficult as possible.

Aug 26, 2018 19:13
kasseistamper

@AJ
If people post 'this type of question' they leave themselves open to personal insults.
Leuven is a city which was occupied during WWII in a country which was occupied. In both the city and the country there are still people living who remember these years all to well and we don't like being reminded of them.
Labelling commune staff as "Nazis" is not 'not helpful', it is grotesquely insulting.

Aug 27, 2018 10:21