Belgium: CALL orders the Aliens Office to grant a humanitarian visa to a Syrian Family

Thursday, October 20, 2016

On 20 October 2016, the Council for Aliens Law Litigation (CALL) ordered the Aliens Office to grant humanitarian visas to a Syrian family. The case relates to a Syrian couple with two underage children, who are currently living in war-torn Syria. The family applied for humanitarian visas at the Belgium embassy in Beirut. Their family friends in Belgium have promised to act as their guarantors.
The Aliens Office rejected the applicants’ applications for humanitarian visas up to three times. The applicants appealed these decisions to the CALL, which overturned the decisions of the Aliens Office. Following this third attempt, the CALL ordered the Aliens Office to grant the humanitarian visas to the Syrian family within 48 hours. As the Aliens Office refused to execute this CALL decision, the Tribunal of First Instance has issued a fine on the State of €1000 per person per day until the decisions are properly executed.
Based on an unofficial translation by the ELENA Weekly Legal Update.


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