Access to the country
Citizens of the Schengen area or the European Economic Area do not need a visa to gain access to Belgian territory, unlike many citizens from other countries. EU countries decide who will be granted a visa and for how long, as part of a common European visa policy.
Short-stay visa: less than 3 months
Short-stay visas are also referred to as Schengen visas. In principal this type of visa allows for free movement within the Schengen area. Those who seek a short-stay visa must apply from the embassy of the country they intend on travelling to first. If the country is not represented, another EU country can deal with the request instead.
Long-stay visa: more than 3 months
Long-stay visas are a national issue. This type of visa can only be applied for from foreign embassies. The application is then sent on to the Immigration Office, which decides whether the applicant meets the requirements and whether a thorough investigation is necessary.
2020 Annual report trafficking and smuggling of human beings
In its annual report entitled Behind closed doors Myria hightlights the need to raise awareness on the exploitation of domestic workers, the special attention that needs to be paid to diplomatic domestic staff and the COVID-19 aspect.
Myriadoc 10: Belgium, on the road to the United Kingdom
In this publication, Myria focusses on transit migration, and specifically on transit migrants who want to get to the United Kingdom.
2019 Annual report trafficking and smuggling of human beings
Justice for human trafficking victims has a long way to go. With its annual report, Myria wants to contribute to their empowerment and has put together concrete recommendations for the attention of public authorities.
[Brochure] Family reunification with beneficiaries of international protection in Belgium
This brochure explains the family reunification procedure for beneficiaries of international protection in Belgium. The latest update is from autumn 2019
Socio-demographic profile and socio-economic careers of people granted international protection in Belgium, 2001-2014
What is the socio-demographic profile and the socio-economic careers of people who obtained a status of international protection in Belgium? The Belgian Contactpoint of the European Migration Network (EMN) publishes a study on labour market participation of beneficiaries of international protection. The research was done by the demographic research centre DEMO (UCLouvain) in cooperation with Myria.
2018 Annual report trafficking and smuggling of human beings
Myria, the National independent rapporteur on human trafficking assesses in its latest report the detection, reception and support of child victims of human trafficking. According to the findings of Myria Nigerian minors are a particularly vulnerable group.