Belgium Investor Residency Programme 2019

In the market for an EU residency by investment solution in Belgium? While the country does not have a formally packaged Belgium Golden Visa Programme, it does afford non-EU nationals the opportunity to apply for residency, and ultimately for Belgian citizenship, on the basis of business investment.

Find out more about the Belgian Investor Residency Programme below, or contact us for a free consultation.

 

The Belgium Residency By Investment Programme – 2019 UPDATED

The investor residency programme is particularly well suited to non-EU investors seeking to establish a business footprint in Western Europe. Being a member of the EU, Belgian residency allows the holder to travel, live and study visa free across the European Union.

While each application is appraised on individual merits by the Belgian authorities, a business investment of between €350 and €500,000 is considered typical.  The requisite capital investment must be made in a new Belgian business enterprise or an existing business, and in both cases there is a requirement to employ Belgian labour.

Applicants must be able to prove a clean police record and be of good international standing. In addition to the need to supply extensive character references and proof of legitimately obtained funding for the investment, the applicant will be expected to integrate socially and culturally, and to gain a working knowledge of French – especially if the applicant’s objective is to gain Belgian citizenship.

The applicant can only become eligible to apply for Belgian citizenship after having maintained their residency status (and meeting minimum in-country presence requirements) for a period of 5 years. Family reunification is relatively straightforward, and enables the spouse and dependent children under the age of 18 years to qualify for EU residency status as well.

The investor residency permit is annually renewable for the first 3 years. The application process can take anywhere from 3 to 8 months before residency status is attained, subject to all mandatory requirements having been met.

Why choose Belgium

LOCATION: Centrally situated in Western Europe, Belgium shares borders with Germany, France and The Netherlands. Its strategic location makes it an excellent choice for investors seeking to establish a business base in the EU.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: The country recognises dual citizenship, and unless you’re looking to apply for Belgian citizenship, no minimum stay requirements are applicable.

ATTRACTIVE TAXATION: Belgium offers an extremely attractive tax regime, both in terms of corporate and personal tax, making it a viable alternative to the Spanish Golden Visa Programme, for example, both in terms of taxation and the minimum required investment. 

STAGED INVESTMENT REQUIREMENT: A key benefit of the Belgian golden visa programme is the fact that investments can be staged, with the first year’s investment requirement being around the €150,000 to €200,000 mark. It is, however recommended to have around €300,000 at your disposal upon commencing your application process.

PATH TO CITIZENSHIP: Residency holders can apply for Belgian citizenship after residency has been maintained for a minimum period of 5 years.

ADVANCED INFRASTRUCTURE: As an immigration destination for investors, Belgium offers investors access to a mature, diversified economy, sophisticated business infrastructure and convenient regional trade opportunities with the EU’s economic powerhouses, France and Germany.

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT: Gaining Belgian residency affords the immigrant investor the ability to travel, live, work and study visa free across 26 EU member states.

TIER 1 PASSPORT: In terms of passport power, the Belgian passport grants the holder visa free access to over 170 countries around the world, and is ranked 4th overall globally.

A GLOBAL LEGACY: Giving your family the gift of second residency is a game-changer for generations to come. As a competitive advantage and a Plan B against socio-economic and political risks in your native jurisdiction, European residency is virtually unparalleled.

 BELGIUM IMMIGRATION: WHAT TO EXPECT

While Belgium gains less global publicity than many of its Western European neighbours, the country is home to the headquarters of both NATO and the EU.

Belgium is famous for its renaissance architecture and its truly multi-cultural feel. The country boasts a rich cultural history, sumptuous cuisine and a thriving arts and cultural scene.

The country’s quality of life, healthcare as well as educational standards, is considered to be some of the highest in the western world.

For immigrant investors and their families, the greatest challenge of emigrating to Belgium would arguably be the need to learn either French or Dutch, depending on where you choose to settle.

Why Choose Us

Golden Visas gives you access to some of the EU’s most acclaimed investor residency programmes. We specialise in both Golden Visa Programmes and residency by investment programmes, and work with the finest investment emigration specialists in the country.

Complete the form below to get in touch today. Annual client intake slots are limited, and EU residency legislation is rapidly becoming stricter, so get in touch now to avoid missing this closing window of opportunity.