Declaration for children


One of my parents (father or mother) is a Belgian citizen at the time of my birth.
Note: Your parentage must be clearly established in all cases.

A. If you were born before 1 January 1967

You are a Belgian citizen if:

  • You are the legitimate child of a father who is a Belgian citizen;

OR

  • You were born out of wedlock and the first parent to acknowledge you was a Belgian citizen.

B. If you were born between 1 January 1967 and 31 December 1984

You are a Belgian citizen if you met the conditions under point A above before 01.01.1985 OR you have been a Belgian citizen since 01.01.1985 if you met the conditions under point C below.

C. If you were born after 1 January 1985

You are a Belgian citizen if:

  • You were born in Belgium to a Belgian citizen;

OR

  • You were born abroad AND:

1. Your Belgian parent was born in Belgium or in Belgian Congo before 30 June 1960 or in Rwanda or Burundi before 1 July 1962;

OR

2. Your Belgian parent was born abroad and makes a declaration, within a period of five years following your birth, requesting that you be granted Belgian nationality. This declaration (declaration d'attribution / toekenningsverklaring) must be submitted to the Belgian embassy or consular mission in the main place of residence of your Belgian parent abroad. If the parent lives in Belgium, they should contact the registrar in their municipality. You obtain Belgian nationality on the date upon which the "déclaration d'attribution / toekenningsverklaring" is made. 

OR

  • Your Belgian parent was born abroad and did not submit a "déclaration d'attribution / toekenningsverklaring" of Belgian nationality within a period of five years following your birth but you were not given another nationality before you turned 18. However, if you were given another nationality before you turned 18, you lose your Belgian nationality.

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