"The introduction of the single permit means that there is a regularization coming." True or false?
False. The permis unique is only a simplification of the procedure for stay on the basis of work. From now this can be done by a single request for work and stay, which must be submitted by your employer. Click here to get to know more.
"All persons asking for asylum undergo the same procedure." True or false?
False. The procedure for persons from safe third countries such as Albania will get their decision earlier. Belgium gives priority to the treatment of the asylum application and first examines whether to take the application into consideration. In general, international protection is not necessary for citizens of a country, included in the list of safe countries. The applicant has to be able to clearly demonstrate that in his personal situation he has a well-founded fear of persecution or a real risk of suffering serious harm. The burden of proof lies more with the applicant. Read more about this here.
"All Palestinian asylum seekers automatically get a refugee status." True or false?
False. Until recently, the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons usually granted refugee status to persons coming from Gaza. This is no longer the case. There is a change in policy which also affects the delays, read more here.
What are the risks if I contract a smuggler?
Using a middle man or contracting smugglers is not innocent. Be aware of the dangers and risks before approaching such persons. They are criminals according to Belgian law. Click here to get to know more.
Is regularization an option?
According to the governmental agreement there will be no more collective regularizations. Any rumour about a regularization campaign is false. Read more about the Belgian migration system here.
What is the Dublin procedure?
Belgium follows strictly the Dublin rules: you should ask for asylum in the first EU country you enter. You requested asylum in Belgium or in another European country and Belgium has reasons to believe that another country might be responsible for examining your request. We will determine which country is responsible. This process is called the ‘Dublin procedure’. Read more about the Dublin rules here.
"My asylum request will be treated very quickly in Belgium." True or false?
False. The delays to treat your asylum request in Belgium are currently high: the waiting time for a first interview at the Immigration Office is now up to 3 months. Read more about the asylum procedure in Belgium here.