Pictogram Freedom-seeker


Pictogram Freedom-seeker

CHercheur.euse de liberté

Pictogram Homeless person


Pictogram Asylum seeker


Pictogram Asylum seeker

Demandeur.euse.s de protection internationale

Pictogram Refugee


Pictogram Refugee


Pictogram Professional


Pictogram Professional



If applicants for international protection do not agree with the CGRS' negative decision, they can lodge an appeal with the Council for Alien Disputes (CAD/CALL/RvV/CCE) by his/her lawyer. This appeal must contain all the important elements to enable the CAD to handle your case.

Time limit for appeal

You must lodge an appeal within a certain period indicated on the letter of the CGRS. It depends on the type of decision. Do this quickly because sometimes the period of appeal can be very short. It is generally 30 days and sometimes shorter, maybe 10 or 5 days, for example, if you are staying in a detention centre.

The investigation of CAD

The CAD will examine your case a second time. You or your lawyer must be present at the meeting. During this appeal procedure, you cannot be forcibly removed from the territory.

However, you may be forcibly removed from the territory if it concerns.

  • An appeal against an inadmissibility decision for a third application for international protection
  • An appeal against the inadmissibility decision for a subsequent application, within one year after the first final decision from detention

The CAD decision

The CALL can make various decisions:

  • Uphold the decision of the CGRS. The decision of the CGRS then becomes final.
  • Review the decision of the CGRS. This means that the CAD takes a different decision to the CGRS.
  • Annul the decision of the CGRS. The CGRS will once again handle your case and take into account the remarks of the CAD.
  • Following a negative decision

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