Annex 8 - Papier or le carte?
I've now had an email from the Brussels commune asking whether I want my annex 8 in paper (unlimited validity) or in card (5 year validity).
I'm a UK citizen and planning to stay in Belgium long term, however I do worry about the unknowns of Brexit. Due to this, is it better to get the paper rather than the card, seeing as the paper apparently has 'unlimited validity'?
Ultimately I'd like to apply for citizenship, which I believe requires you to, after 5 years, trade your e card in for an e+ card in order to apply. Will having the paper for 5 years also allow this, or is it important to have the e card and then switch it for the e+ card before applying? Or, am I completely understanding the process and it just matters that you've been in the population register for 5 years, and the card is somewhat irrelevant?
Also, can you get the paper Annex 8 AND the e-card, or is it one or the other?