It usually takes about 5 years to receive citizenship and a passport from the Belgian authorities. Usually a citizenship application can be submitted after 5 years of residence in Belgium but it usually takes 6 years to receive a passport because of lengthy processing times. Applicants are required to satisfy the language requirement in French, German or Dutch when applying for citizenship. The Belgian passport grants full EU citizenship, which means the bearer is entitled to travel, live, study and work anywhere in the EU.
- Belgium is a member of the European Union. Investors and their families are free to live, work, study and do business in any EU member state and in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland. The Belgian passport is one of the most valuable passports in the world and Belgian passport holders enjoy visa-free entry to 156 countries and territories.
- Although applicants must prove a measure of integration and prove proficiency in one of Belgium’s three languages, there are no restrictions on dual citizenship and previous citizenships do not need to be revoked.
- Belgium has excellent health services and a world-class education system. New citizens may access these services on the same footing as any other EU citizen.
- The family of the applicant can also receive Belgian citizenship, and the citizenship can be passed hereditarily.