Belgian Citizenship by Descent

A Passport by Descent is based on acquiring a passport through a parent being born in Belgium, you may qualify if:

•If one of the parents or one of the adoptive parents is born in Belgium or on a territory submit to the Belgian Sovereignty or to the Belgian administration;

•If one of the parents born in Belgium has made a declaration asking for the Belgian nationality in a delay of 5 years as from the birth of the child;

•If one of the adoptive parents born in Belgium has made a declaration asking for the Belgian nationality in a delay of 5 years as from the birth of the child and on condition that the child doesn’t have or doesn’t keep another nationality until the age of 18 years old;

•If one of the parents or one of the adoptive parents is Belgian and on condition that the child doesn’t have or doesn’t keep another nationality until the age of 18 years;

•By option, if the person is (i) at least 18 years old and less than 22 years old, (ii) has had their principal residence during the 12 months preceding the declaration and (iii) has had his principal residence since his 14 years until his 18 years or for a period of 9 years. This last condition is not required if one of his parents or one of his adoptive parents was Belgian at the moment of the birth.

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Learn more about these routes to British Nationality:

WhatPassport.com is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth.