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Proof of social integration for Belgian nationality


Dear all,
I would like to apply for Belgian nationality and I saw that as proof of social integration one can submit a diploma obtained in Belgium. I have obtained PhD diploma here but I am not sure if I can use it. As I saw, on some websites it's written that the courses should be in one of the national languages. However, in Belgium, there are no courses during PhD. So, I am really confused if I can use it or not. Any ideas?


Go to your commune and ask them if the diploma you have is on the list of acceptable diplomas.

Dec 24, 2020 08:52

The "social integration" requirement is a soft requirement that can be met in many ways and it may well be (indeed probable) that a PhD diploma obtained by study in Belgium would be sufficient, or at least partly sufficient. If, however, the study was in a language other than one of the three Belgian official languages you will still have to pass a language test - to at least A2 standard (which isn't that high) - in Dutch, French or German, unless you satisfy the requirement in other ways such as sufficient regular employment in an organisation which works in one of those languages. Your commune/gemeente should be able to tell you - and also where you might get the required language test.
If you get pass the stage of having your application accepted by the commune/gemeente, you may well still have to satisfy a police interview - and they will be seeking to establish your social integration too.

Dec 24, 2020 10:42

PhD certificate should be possible to submit.
But get 4 letters from different Belgians saying you will make a good citizen. Make sure the letters are quite different in what they say. Ask people like a neighbour, your boss, your professor, doctor or lawyer, sporting colleague. Don’t need to be long. Saying things like they know you, you are a good citizen, they support your application etc but, I repeat, not 4 almost identical letters. You also need a photocopy or scan of their ID card to prove they are genuine.

Dec 25, 2020 00:48

My application for nationality was turned down for spurious reasons and I now have a lawyer to appeal. He told me that my PhD in English from a Belgian university would almost certainly not be considered as proof of social integration,regsrdless of other language skills.

Jan 22, 2021 22:27

I have already applied 3 months ago for the Belgian nationality and I also have a PhD degree in English from a Belgian university, however the PhD diploma document that I submitted was in Dutch language. This document contains several pages and only in a very small part is mentioned the language of education is English. was your document the same? and how did you eventually solve your issue?

Mar 5, 2024 15:10