Same treatment for legal cohabitation vs marriage? [Belgian Citizenship as a non-EU citizen]
Sorry this is going to be a bit of a long post.
I am a non-EU citizen who has resided in Belgium for 7.5 years. I currently hold a F+ card.
Some facts about me:
I have been in a legal cohabitation contract with a Belgian citizen for more than 7 years. My Dutch is at the basic level (Level 1.2). I am studying a Master's degree in the English language at a Belgian University. I have no official economic participation yet. I finished the social integration course many years ago.
Do you think I meet the minimum requirements for apply for Belgian citizenship? I know I probably need to upgrade my Dutch to Level A2, which I have no problem with.
I have some questions though:
According to this article
, does being married have the same status as legal cohabitation when applying for Belgian Citizenship (BC)? Will I have a better chance if I get married? (I don't want to get married for practical reasons but it looks like I have to)
According to the information here
, I was wondering if I am eligible for applying for BC under the "disability' category as I suffer from an incurable condition that makes me unable to hold a job. I wonder if you know of anyone who could obtain BC via this more unusual route?
Also I wonder if anyone knows the overall rejection rate applications for BC? I'd often hear stories where eligible applicants are refused ...
Do you also happen to know which communes have the higher rates of success and faster turnout time?
Many thanks for reading this far. I'd deeply appreciate your advice.