[lg policy] Manila: Undocumented Pinoys in Belgium urged to avail themselves of new migration policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 27 14:00:38 UTC 2009

Undocumented Pinoys in Belgium urged to avail themselves of new
migration policy
Updated July 27, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Embassy in Belgium urged
undocumented Filipinos to avail of the Belgian government’s new
migration policy for the regularization of undocumented migrants.
Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy (Flemish Christian Democrat)
announced in a press conference last July 19 the details of the
Federal Government agreement on regularization of undocumented
migrants. Under the new regularization policy, illegal migrants who
lived in Belgium for at least five years and had filed their initial
applications for regularization on or before 18 March 2009 can
re-submit their applications with the Office for Foreigners of the
Ministry of Interior starting on Sept. 15, 2009 up to Dec. 15, 2009.

Applications shall then be assessed by the Secretary of State for
Asylum and Immigration vis-à-vis the implementing guidelines on
regularization. If approved, the undocumented migrant will be granted
with the necessary papers that will allow them to stay in Belgium
legally. Meanwhile, people who have been working in Belgium for at
least two and a half years can apply for a residence permit. They are
required to submit a labor contract and a regional labor card.

Applicants for both categories must prove that they are
well-integrated into the Belgian community for their applications to
be successful. Other factors, among others, that can count in the
applicants’ favor include knowledge of the local language, employment
status, families with children at school, earlier credible attempts to
obtain a legal residence in Belgium, and sustainable social local
ties. – Pia Lee-Brago


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