Migration – Belgium

1. Entering Belgium
2. Staying in Belgium
3. Leaving Belgium

The following section, Migration – Belgium, contains information regarding the conditions which women must fulfil in order to obtain an entry permit, a residence permit and – where applicable – a work permit for Belgium.

The section is divided into three parts.
Part A (Entering Belgium) gives details of the conditions under which a migrant may legally enter Belgium. In most cases, she may apply for a visa which permits her to enter the country and remain there for a limited period of time. This initial residence permit – in the form of a visa – is described here. Possibilities for entry into the country vary according to the purpose of the intended stay and are detailed separately in the text, organised by the reason for entering (1. As a Tourist, 2. For Work Purposes, 3. For Marriage Purposes, 4. As a Student, 5. As an Au Pair, 6. Asylum Seeker).

Part B (Staying in Belgium) indicates the length of time and the conditions under which the woman, having legally entered the country, may extend her stay in Belgium, as well as conditions under which the initial entry permit – mostly obtained in form of a visa – can be extended. As in Part A, the section is divided into categories according to the different reasons for staying (1. As a Tourist, 2. For Work Purposes, 3. As a Married Person, 4. As a Mother, 5. As an Asylum Seeker).
In addition, it contains information regarding possibilities for obtaining Belgian citizenship.

Part C (Leaving Belgium) indicates reasons which may lead to the woman being forced to leave the country. The second part contains information regarding consequences for a woman who is expelled and/or deported from Belgium and whether this is likely to create problems if she subsequently wishes to re-enter Belgium.

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