Born in Belgium
You are a Belgian citizen if:
- You were born in Belgium and you would be a stateless person (= not have a nationality) before the age of 18 or before your emancipation if you did not have Belgian citizenship.
However, if you were born after 26.12.2006 this rule does not apply if you can obtain another nationality upon completion, by your legal representative(s), of administrative measures set by the diplomatic or consular authorities in the country of one or both of your parents. In this case, you will not have been given Belgian nationality.
- You were born in Belgium and you lose your only other nationality before you turn 18.
- You were born in Belgium to a parent who holds another nationality but was born in Belgium and has lived in Belgium for at least five years during the 10 years preceding your birth.
- You were born in Belgium and you have been adopted by a parent holding another nationality who was born in Belgium and who has had their main place of residence in Belgium for five years during the 10 year period before the adoption takes effect. You obtain Belgian citizenship upon that date unless you are already 18 years old or have already been emancipated.
- You were born in Belgium to parents or adoptive parents without Belgian citizenship born abroad who submitted a declaration before your twelfth birthday requesting that you be granted Belgian nationality. Belgium must have been their main place of residence during the 10 years preceding the declaration and at least one of the two must have been allowed or authorised to remain indefinitely in the Kingdom at the time of the declaration. Moreover, you must have lived in Belgium since your birth. Only the registrar in the municipality where your parents or adoptive parents live in Belgium can authorise this declaration. The declaration is submitted for approval to the Office of the King's Prosecutor (Parquet du Procureur du Roi/Parket van de Procureur des Konings) and is registered in the records after it has been accepted. You obtain Belgian citizenship on the date upon which the declaration was submitted. The declaration may, under no circumstances, be made by a Belgian consular mission.
Further information can also be obtained by contacting:
- Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Nationality Department
- The Belgian consulate in your main place of residence abroad
- Your municipal authority in Belgium