joining the army as a foreigner

#1
the subject says it all,

is it possible to join the British army as a foreigner (in this case: a Belgian)?
i would have to change my nationality of course, that's not a problem for me, but i've heard that you can only join if you are born in the UK.

i just want to know if it's possible (leaving out integration and all for now)

grtz,
Frederik
 
#2
Felix13 said:
the subject says it all,

is it possible to join the British army as a foreigner (in this case: a Belgian)?
i would have to change my nationality of course, that's not a problem for me, but i've heard that you can only join if you are born in the UK.

i just want to know if it's possible (leaving out integration and all for now)

grtz,
Frederik

So your username is Felix, and yet you sign your post Frederik?

Who are you?
 
#4
I met a Belgian back when I was joining the Army. I understand his father or mother was British though. Do you have a British parent? Also spoke to a Swiss guy joining up when I was working in my local careers office, I think he just gained citizenship through living in the UK.

Does any of this apply to you?
 
#5
no, both my pearents are belgian.

how long does it take to gain citizenship? and if you gain it are you open to all functions in the army?
 
#6
Felix13 said:
no, both my pearents are belgian.

how long does it take to gain citizenship? and if you gain it are you open to all functions in the army?

So your parents are both Belgian, you are Belgian, and yet you want to join the british forces? why?

Apart from the fact that the Belgian armed forces, are about as much use as the Dutch armed forces, why do you not want to join your own nations armed forces?

Sorry, but something about this stinks, and i dont meant the Beauvoorde....
 
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stabradop

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#7
Normally it takes 5 years to gain UK citizenship with the last year having to be Indefinite Leave to Remain (permanent residence) however as you are an EU citizen you don't actually have to get any permanent residency to remain in the UK as long as you like.

Here's a link that might help, its to the United Kingdom Border Agency - part of the Home Office which handles immigration issues.

Good Luck

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/
 
#8
Gren said:
Felix13 said:
no, both my pearents are belgian.

how long does it take to gain citizenship? and if you gain it are you open to all functions in the army?

So your parents are both Belgian, you are Belgian, and yet you want to join the british forces? why?

Apart from the fact that the Belgian armed forces, are about as much use as the Dutch armed forces, why do you not want to join your own nations armed forces?

Sorry, but something about this stinks, and i dont meant the Beauvoorde....
They might not be good now, but ive just read of them in the Korean war, and by heck them Belgies then were nails. No use though to the current question.
 

Command_doh

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Book Reviewer
#9
No you can't join. You are not a citizen, have no parental connection, and it would take you years of residency before you even began to qualify. Then they would look into your background and inevitably as 'why'?


So no. It's a waste of time.
 
#10
stabradop said:
Normally it takes 5 years to gain UK citizenship with the last year having to be Indefinite Leave to Remain (permanent residence) however as you are an EU citizen you don't actually have to get any permanent residency to remain in the UK as long as you like.

Here's a link that might help, its to the United Kingdom Border Agency - part of the Home Office which handles immigration issues.

Good Luck

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/
5 years is a long time...
all that time i have to wait to join the army?

thanks for the site stabradop,
appreciate it
 
#11
Command_doh said:
No you can't join. You are not a citizen, have no parental connection, and it would take you years of residency before you even began to qualify. Then they would look into your background and inevitably as 'why'?


So no. It's a waste of time.
thats bad news. but maybe your right...
no need for false hope, but i will still look for info, you never know
 
#13
Command_doh said:
Speaking as someone who knows a little bit about the UKBA and the UK Immigraton Rules, 5 years is the MINIMUM period of time it would take, not including application and associated checks, etc.
so thats a no go for me i guess
 
#14
Command_doh said:
No you can't join. You are not a citizen, have no parental connection, and it would take you years of residency before you even began to qualify. Then they would look into your background and inevitably as 'why'?


So no. It's a waste of time.
no offence felix but just as well otherwise the polish would be in UK forces too then theyd be everywhere
 
#15
tank6275 said:
Command_doh said:
No you can't join. You are not a citizen, have no parental connection, and it would take you years of residency before you even began to qualify. Then they would look into your background and inevitably as 'why'?


So no. It's a waste of time.
no offence felix but just as well otherwise the polish would be in UK forces too then theyd be everywhere
yeah, i understand what you are saying...
shame..
the British forces are by my opinion one of the best in the world. it would be nice to serve in it..
 
#16
Felix13 said:
the British forces are by my opinion one of the best in the world. it would be nice to serve in it..
That's a disqualifier straight off, mucker! The British Army IS the best army in the world. :D :D :D

MsG
 
#18
Felix13 said:
haha, my bad! so you understand why i want to join it!
Oh, certainly I understand. I'm a foreigner like you too, but the Brits can't get enough of us Micks because we're such marvellous soldiers. :roll:

MsG
 
#19
Gren said:
Felix13 said:
no, both my pearents are belgian.

how long does it take to gain citizenship? and if you gain it are you open to all functions in the army?

So your parents are both Belgian, you are Belgian, and yet you want to join the british forces? why?

Apart from the fact that the Belgian armed forces, are about as much use as the Dutch armed forces, why do you not want to join your own nations armed forces?

Sorry, but something about this stinks, and i dont meant the Beauvoorde....
My bold, have you seen the standard of totty in Dutch forces ? Now their recruiting offices are doing sterling work.
 

BuggerAll

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Kit Reviewer
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#20
Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO was a Belgian. As was my grandfather when he joined the RAF. Although both of them had British mothers so I suppose they could have applied for passports.

Both heroes, one recognized the other less so.

I suspect the advice you have been given on here is correct but I'd also say apply anyway. Whats the worst thing that could happen?
 

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