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Dual citizenship

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Belgium.
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Dual citizenship

Post Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 7:30 am

I am a US citizen with a grandmother (deceased) who was born in
Belgium. I am interested in finding out the possibility of getting dual
My grandmother was born 3 miles south of the community of Altier (sp?)
near Ghent and immigrated to the US in the early 1900's.

I am traveling to Belgium in February.

Any information is greatly appreciated.



Re: Dual citizenship

Post Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 11:37 pm

I'm a Belgian citizen and have been living in the US since 2000.
Unfortunately Belgium still prohibits dual citizenship. So it is impossible to have 2 nationalities right now.
Some political parties have talked about introducing dual citizenship legislation, but I think thats not going anywhere soon. Sad


Re: Dual citizenship

Post Posted: Mon May 08, 2006 3:59 am

Wrong !!!

It is true that a belgian applying for another nationality looses the belgian nationality. But a US citizen doesn't loose his nationaly when applying for another one. So, Claudia, it must be possible for you to apply for belgian nationaly.
However, I feel having a belgian grandmother will not be accepted as a good reason to become belgian. You have to live in Belgium to have a chance and I think you can apply only after living in Belgium for 3 years. But you should check. Laws are so complex...


Re: Dual citizenship

Post Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 4:11 am

Belgium allows dual citizenship when both nationalities have been gained naturally. This means: due to marriage (I think), due to birth in the country, due to parents from the country, ...

When you have Belgian citizenship only and apply for another one that you didn't get 'naturally' (= by being in a different country for X years) you indeed lose your Belgian citizenship.


Re: Dual citizenship

Post Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 10:02 pm

hi. i'm also looking for dual citizenship. US/Belgium. my father was born in belgium, on a US military base or just to a US military member. but what ever the case his dad was american and his mom from belgium. am i able to receive dual citizenship based on that? his birth certificate and his mother's are both from belgium.


Re: Dual citizenship

Post Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:30 pm

There is a lot of misleading information in this matter of dual citizenship, I have hired an Attorney to do it and it cost me "peanuts" and I got the legal way, it was almost impossible to get it by my grandparents, but I got it!!! This guys name is Joseph A. de LA CUETARA I do not have his contact information I think he has an office in Spain and in France?

Sorry I do not remember more, I am getting old!!!


Re: Dual citizenship

Post Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 2:16 pm

Hey, it's not possible to become a Belgian citizen based on the fact that you grandmother was born in Belgium. It only works if one of your parents was born in Belgium and has the Belgian nationality.

It is possible to get dual citizenship once you have become a Belgian citizen (which is usually be living in Belgium for 3 years).

So you need to follow the normal procedure of becoming a Belgian citizen.


Find answers to your financial questions about moving to Belgium: expat-money.be


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