Foreigners with a given right to stay in Belgium can bring their partner and children with them from abroad. Such requests must meet a number of strict conditions.
The regroupant is the Belgium resident who invokes their right to live with their family. The regroupé is the family member living abroad hoping to join the Belgium resident. Depending on the Belgian resident’s nationality and their type of stay permit, different articles apply:
- article 10 : for third-country nationals with an unlimited stay permit;
- article 10a : for third-country nationals with a limited stay permit;
- article 40a : citizens of the EU;
- article 40b : Belgians.
Visa or Stay
An application for family reunification can be submitted via two ways:
- Abroad: the resident submits an application for a family reunification visa from a diplomatic post or Belgian consular;
- In Belgium: the family member requests a stay permit for family-related reasons in the local area (this is not allowed in every case).
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.
Priority to the best interests of the child: checklist
Myria presents the list below as a tool to better enable decision-makers and practitioners to consider the best interests of the child, and jurisdictions to better identify and take action against any possible shortcomings.
2017 Annual Report trafficking and smuggling of human beings: Online_
In its latest report on Human Trafficking and Smuggling Myria focuses on the role of the internet and social media in trafficking and smuggling, but also on combating trafficking and smuggling human beings.
Multilingual brochure for victims of human trafficking
This multilingual brochure aims to make suspected victims of human trafficking aware of their situation in a simple vocabulary. It encourages victims to contact PAG-ASA, Payoke or Sürya, the specialized reception centers.
Parallel report for the Committee on the Rights of the Child
Parallel report by the Combat Poverty, Insecurity and Social Exclusion Service, Myria and Unia, on the fifth and sixth periodic reports submitted by Belgium pursuant to article 44 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
[Brochure] Family reunification with beneficiaries of international protection in Belgium
This brochure of the former Belgian Refugee Council (CBAR-BCHV) explains the family reunification procedure for beneficiaries of international protection in Belgium.