Belgium, a country in Western Europe, is known for medieval towns, Renaissance architecture and as headquarters of the European Union and NATO. The country has distinctive regions including Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north, French-speaking Wallonia to the south and a German-speaking community to the east. The bilingual capital, Brussels, has ornate guildhalls at Grand-Place and elegant art-nouveau buildings.
Belgium was one of the original countries who created the European Union (then known as European Economic Community [EEC]) on 1st January 1958. Holders of Belgien passports are granted full rights as citizens of an EU Member State.
Belgian Residence Programme
The Belgian residency programme is aimed at attracting entrepreneurs and investors alike by creating economic and business ties to Belgium. Whilst this is not a Citizenship by Investment programme, it does offer the opportunity to become a Citizen after five years.
FActs about Belgium
Population: 11,350,000 (2017)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Size: 30,688 km2 (11,849 sq. mi)
Languages: Dutch, French and German
Life Expectancy: 81 years
GDP: $533 billion
GDP per capita: $46,724
Time Zone: UTC +1/+2 (daylight savings time)
Climate: Average yearly temperature of 10.7°C
Airport: Brussels Airport (BRU)
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 13
Benefits of Belgian Residence
- Belgium is part of the Schengen Area. Therefore, applicants and their families can travel freely across other member countries.
- Applicants can apply for Citizenship after five years. Belgian passport holders have visa-free access to 183 countries making it the 6th strongest passport in the world, as well as being a part of the EU and the benefits that brings.
- Belgium’s is located right in the centre of Western Europe, bordering Germany, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
- Belgium has fantastic infrastructure and transport links.
- As Belgium is a part of the EU, it offers many trade benefits as well as access to the second-largest economy in the world.
What is the Application Process?
In order to get Residence, you must prove that you have strong ties to Belgium. The best and easiest way to establish these ties are through commercial enterprise.
This starts by applying for long term residency in Belgium. All applications for residence permits are subject to case-by-case approval by the government. For this to be navigated successfully, applicants must work closely with a local expert to ensure the success of the application.
The first three years, residence permits are issued on an annually renewable basis. Subsequently, an indefinite permit can be obtained.
Investors should have a minimum of €300,000 at their disposal if they want to apply for the investor residency programme in Belgium. This figure has been calculated based on business start-up costs as well as application fees for obtaining residence permits.
How to Apply
If you’re interested in applying for Belgian residence, complete the simple enquiry form below and one of our Senior Consultants will reach out to you for an initial brief. In this call we will discuss your requirements, situation and potential opportunities to explore.
We look forward to hearing from you.