- You are over 18 years of age - Declaration of acquisition
- You have exceptional merit – Naturalisation
- You are under 18 years of age - Declaration of attribution
- Dual citizenship - You are under 18 years of age - Minor
- Dual citizenship - You are over 18 years of age - Adult
Belgian citizenship is what links a person (you) and the Belgian State. It gives you rights and obligations.
There are three ways of applying for Belgian citizenship:
- Acquisition: you are at least 18 years of age and have to make a declaration. This declaration is called the declaration of acquisition.
- Naturalisation: this is an exceptional measure. Proof of exceptional merit in scientific, sporting or sociocultural fields needs to be provided. It is granted to persons who are at least 18 years of age or to emancipated persons (= minors who can act as adults). An application for naturalisation has to be made to the Chamber of Representatives for this.
- Attribution: you are under 18 years of age and meet the conditions allowing your parents to make a declaration (= declaration of attribution) for you.
Last updated on December 12th 2020