What is family reunification?
If you reside in Belgium, your family members may also be allowed to come to Belgium under certain conditions. This is called 'residence on grounds of family reunification'.
How can you apply?
The Immigration Department (DVZ) processes applications for family reunification.
Who are considered family members?
Who your family members are depends on your nationality:
- For non-EU citizens: your spouse or partner and your children under 18.
- For Belgians: your spouse or partner and your children under 21 (and older if they are dependants).
- For EU citizens: your spouse or partner and your children under 21 (and older if dependent), and parents or parents-in-law who are your dependants.
Do I need a lawyer for family reunion?
In recent years, legislation on family reunification has become very technical. A lawyer will help you avoid certain pitfalls. Sometimes, for example, the Immigration Department judges that your marriage is not real but a sham. Then a lawyer will assist you to make counter-arguments.
A residence application may also be refused if the person residing in Belgium has too little income. Income from OCMW support is not taken into consideration. A lawyer will go through the possible solutions with you.