Cabinet d'avocats Altea
Cabinet d'avocats Altea
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Administrative and Constitutional Law
Immigration Law
international Family Law

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Administrative and Constitutional Law
Immigration Law
international Family Law

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Declaration of Belgian citizenship in cases of children over the age of 5 years who are born abroad to a Belgian parent born abroad

Declaration of Belgian citizenship in cases of children over the age of 5 years who are born abroad to a Belgian parent born abroad

The Code of Belgian Nationality provides that a child born abroad to a Belgian parent who is him or herself born abroad, is Belgian if the Belgian parent makes an ‘award declaration’ (déclaration d'attribution/toekenningsverklaring) claiming Belgian nationality on behalf of the child (Article 8, (1) (2)) within 5 years of its birth.

Belgium – Immigration and citizenship: Country update 2021 – European Immigration Lawyers Network

Belgium – Immigration and citizenship: Country update 2021 – European Immigration Lawyers Network

1. Country Overview

Belgium is experiencing an increase in immigrant inflows and a decrease in outflows. Among EU citizens, more than half of first-issue residence permits are being granted for professional reasons. On the other hand, in the case of third-country nationals, family reasons are given as the main reason in the same scenario (45%).

Authorisation for essential travel to Belgium from India, Brazil or South Africa and for non-EU nationals

Authorisation for essential travel to Belgium from India, Brazil or South Africa and for non-EU nationals

A Ministerial Order, amending the Order of 28 October 2020, “introducing emergency measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus”, was published in the Belgian Official Gazette on 28 April 2021.

In order to limit the spread of new variants in Belgium, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already advised Belgian nationals or those with their primary residence in Belgium against travel to Brazil, South Africa or India.

The S-card and the M-card are valid residences to apply for Belgian nationality

The S-card and the M-card are valid residences to apply for Belgian nationality

The Code of Belgian Nationality allows the application for nationality provided that one has had a "legal residence" for a certain period of time, depending on the case. For a child, it is sometimes the parents who must be able to prove a legal residence.

Brexit: Last call for British nationals and their family members

Brexit: Last call for British nationals and their family members

A Belgian law passed on 16 December 2020 partially implementing the withdrawal agreement between the UK and the European Union provides British nationals and their family members with the opportunity to formalise any residence permits which were not requested or obtained before the end of the transition period i.e. prior to 31 December 2020.

Family reunions in Belgium and Coronavirus: travel permits for couples

Family reunions in Belgium and Coronavirus: travel permits for couples

Due to Covid-19, restrictions prohibiting non-essential travel have been implemented (Article 21 of Ministerial Order of 28/10/2020 introducing emergency measures to limit the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus).

Legal proceedings involving foreigners too complex in Belgium

Legal proceedings involving foreigners too complex in Belgium

The European Court of Human Rights once again condemned Belgium on 18 February 2020 (Makdoudi v. Belgium, Application No. 12848/15) in matters of foreigners’ rights.

Automatic enrolment in the population registers in Belgium

Automatic enrolment in the population registers in Belgium

Have you retained a pied-à-terre in Belgium? Have you permanently returned from abroad? Your municipality could take the lead by enrolling you automatically in its registers. This sometimes happens on the initiative of a complainant who might have an interest in your enrolment at another address, for example, in the case of a family dispute.

Brexit: are you concerned about your rights ?

EU and EEC citizens living and working in the UK who wish to receive reassurance and understanding regarding their rights in the context of Brexit can access two web apps developed by The AIRE Centre about the settled status (https://www.airecentre.org/am-i-eligible-to-apply-for-settled-status) and the permanent residence (https://www.airecentre.org/do-i-have-a-permanent-right-to-reside) respectively.

Filiation applications in Belgium for surrogate children born abroad

Filiation applications in Belgium for surrogate children born abroad

Surrogacy is practised in various countries around the world. In some of these countries it is authorised and legally supervised. But how can a foreign birth certificate of a surrogate child (sometimes itself obtained following a judgment to establish parentage) be recognised in Belgium? The question is difficult and will depend on all the circumstances. Indeed, surrogacy is not regulated in Belgium by law.

ALTEA LAWYERS

Altea brings together lawyers highly specialised in:

- Constitutional and administrative public law;

- Foreign nationals and private international family law.

The firm strives to be accessible.

Altea covers many intertwining areas but the firm’s lawyers all have an interest in defending human rights.

ADDRESS AND CONTACT

Boulevard Louis Schmidt 56, 1040 Etterbeek - Belgium

+32(0)2 894 45 70

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