Your Path to Belgian Nationality

Belgium warmly welcomes young individuals like you to take the path to nationality. It's important to be aware that you may face obstacles during your application process, often due to misunderstandings or misinterpretations by municipal officials, and not because of the law itself.

Belgian law is in your favour as a young applicant, offering a more accessible route to nationality if you meet the necessary criteria. As someone who is 18 years or older, living in Belgium for at least 5 years, holding the B-Card of permanent residency, attending school regularly, and having a clean criminal record, you stand in a good position to apply.

When applying, remember to assert your rights, especially if faced with resistance about 'Economic Participation' requirements. As a student, you are eligible. Gather all necessary documents for your application and be prepared to navigate through any challenges with confidence.

Belgium's approach to nationality demonstrates its commitment to integrating young people like you into its community. Understanding your rights and the supportive nature of Belgian law is key to successfully navigating the application process.


If you answered 'Yes' to all these questions, it's your time to shine!

Now is the moment for you to apply for Belgian nationality. In about 4 months, you could be a new Belgian citizen. Embrace this opportunity! This right is legally yours, granted by this great and generous country.

Eager to start?


If a municipal officer says you do not qualify for Belgian nationality due to lacking "Economic Participation" (468 days of work in the past 5 years), politely inform them that they are mistaken. Explain that you have been a student for the past 5 years, and request that they file the application regardless of their advice.

Disclaimer: The information presented here is compiled from official sources and supplemented with personal experiences shared by young members of ACC VZW. It is intended for guidance purposes only. If you follow the steps mentioned above, you will have no problem with your application, but please be aware that this should not be considered as legal advice. Readers are advised to consult with qualified professionals for specific advice and information regarding the process of becoming a Belgian and EU citizen.