Need legal advice?

Applying for international protection (asylum) in Belgium is sometimes complicated. You may ask for help from your social assistant, an association or a lawyer.

Who can help you?

  • Your social worker: if you are staying in a reception centre, your social assistant can give you more information. He/she can put you in touch with a specialised association or a lawyer.
  • a Public Centre for Social Welfare (CPAS/OCMW) also has fixed days (consultation hours) when you can ask for advice about your rights.
  • Associations. You can ask for help from an association dedicated to asylum seekers and refugees. An employee will listen to you and can put you in touch with a lawyer specialised in aliens law.
  • A lawyer. If you are applying for international protection, you can ask for help from a lawyer. For those with limited income, the lawyer is free (pro bono lawyer).

How to contact a lawyer?

There are 2 options:

  • You contact a Legal Aid Office (BJB/BAJ) which will appoint a pro bono lawyer for you.
  • You contact a pro bono lawyer yourself. The lawyer then seeks the agreement of the Legal Aid Office to help you.

What documents do you need?

You must have supporting documents:

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