Coronavirus: what impact on family reunification?

Caritas International Belgium Coronavirus: what impact on family reunification?

© Isabel Corthier (2018) - Information sessions, individual meetings, …Support for family reunification by Caritas continues but adjusts its activities to meet current health regulation.

© Isabel Corthier (2018) - Information sessions, individual meetings, …Support for family reunification by Caritas continues but adjusts its activities to meet current health regulation.

06/04/2020

The Coronavirus has a huge impact on our lives and our professions. It also has an impact on family reunification. We list here, for you, the important changes in effect.

“It is currently impossible to apply for a visa for family reunification,” says Caritas International social worker Marie Vandendriessche. “All administrative offices (such as VFS or TLS) are closed for an indefinite period.”

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NO REQUESTS TO EMBASSIES

Belgian embassies abroad are hardly processing visa applications at the moment. Moreover, these applications are currently only possible for people who can prove that their travel to Belgium is essential. “In fact, Belgian embassies abroad are now mainly concerned with helping Belgians stranded abroad,” Marie adds.

The Immigration Office provides more information on the concrete consequences for the family reunification procedure.[1]

QUESTIONS? WE ARE HERE!

You have questions or are worried about your file and the deadline for its introduction (12 months for a person with refugee status, the majority for a UM, etc.), do not hesitate to contact us. Our services are available to you by phone (02 229 36 11) or by e-mail ( rfgh@caritasint.be ).

“We wish you all courage and strength during these times,” concludes Marie.

Footnote :

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The consequences of family reunification according to the Office of Immigration: here

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