Investment Visa Overview

Belgium Residency & Citizenship options

Non-European nationals require a 'professional card' to engage in self-employed work in Belgium. They can apply for a professional card (similar to the EU Blue Card) if they can prove their business contributes significantly to the Belgium economy. After 5 years of permanent residency, the applicant can apply for Belgian citizenship.

Program 1
  • Name
    Self-employed
  • Description

    Applicants must prove their professional knowledge required to meet the access requirements for the intended professional activities, as well as that all other obligations associated with their status are met.

  • Requirements

    The economic utility is evaluated based on job creation, productive investments, economic benefits for Belgium and for businesses established on Belgian territory, the opening of markets, rare, innovative, or highly specialized activities, or activities that meet an unmet or inadequate need. There is no minimum for this program, which is why we took a base case of 10k, which is probably low depending on the type of business activities.

  • Validity
    5 years
  • Investment Type
    Active, Self Employed
  • Avg. Processing Time
    7 months
  • Investment Amount
    €10,000
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    183 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    No
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Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Belgian passport is now ranked seventh. It allows anyone to travel to 190 countries without needing a visa. With a very high mobility score, it has become one of the most sought passports in the world. Visa-free and visa-on-arrival entry is available to Belgian passport holders in countries such as Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and the European Union as a whole, allowing nearly instant travel around the world. Belgian passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit around 39 countries around the world.

Passport Rank

7

Visa Free Countries

190

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    Yes
  • Visa Free Destinations
    144
  • Visa on Arrival
    35
  • Visa Online
    11
  • Visa Required
    9
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    62%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    47%
Passport Ranking Factors

Belgium Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Belgium passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) is added to the number of countries Belgium passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) (eTA). There are now 144 visa-free countries for Belgium passport holders, 35 visa-on-arrival countries for Belgium passport holders, and 11 eTA destinations. In total, Belgium passport holders can visit 190 countries without a visa, via a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the Belgian passport is ranked number seven in the world. In addition to these visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, Belgium passport holders must apply for a physical visa or an eVisa to visit 39 other countries (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent

Belgian Citizenship by Descent

In Belgium, you can only obtain citizenship via descent through your parents. Nonetheless, due to 1984 modifications to Belgium's citizenship legislation, two rules apply depending on your date of birth.

If you were born before January 1, 1967, you can obtain citizenship if the following conditions are met:

  • At the time of your birth, your parents were married and your father was a Belgian citizen, or;
  • Your parents were not married, but your father was a citizen of Belgium and he acknowledged you as his child.

If you were born after January 1, 1985, you may qualify for Belgian citizenship if the following conditions are met:

  • You were born in Belgium to a Belgian parent;
  • Between 1960 and 1962, you were born abroad to a Belgian parent who was born in the Belgian Congo, Rwanda, or Burundi;
  • Your Belgian parent sought for attribution of declaration within five years of your birth if you were born abroad;
  • You were born abroad to a Belgian parent who did not request for attribution within five years of your birth, and you did not acquire another nationality until you turned 18 years old (you were stateless).
Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
    Yes
  • Generations
    1
  • Avg. Processing Time (mo.)
    3
  • Avg. Cost
    100
Citizenship by Descent - Footnotes

Note: Keep in mind that the costs for citizenship by descent applications can vary and depend on many factors, such as:

  • The availability of official documents in different countries (if past family members migrated);
  • The availability of historic documents;
  • Sworn translation costs
  • Price only includes main applicant, in case of adding children or spouses, this can incur additional costs)
  • Whether or not a genealogist is needed to prove ancestry;
  • Other unforeseen costs
  • * In the case of first generation citizenship by descent, we assumed ONLY administration costs, which will be around $100 or less (usually free if application is done in the same country versus foreign embassy or consulate)
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