Asylum seekers have the right to access to a lawyer in any stage of any types of asylum procedures. Having a lawyer is not an obligation but it would be very helpful because the procedures for obtaining a residence permit in Belgium are sometimes complicated. It is totally free of charge but some applicants would rather pay personally to their lawyer. You have the right to request for another lawyer, if you think you are not feeling comfortable with him/her.
Finding a lawyer is possible by one of the following ways:
If your annex 26 and orange card/aneex 35 are in Dutch, go to floor -1, for French go to floor +1.
You may have several meetings with your lawyer. However, it is only possible for a maximum of three times to get free tickets from your reception center to meet a lawyer. You are also allowed to have a free call to your lawyer from the center in necessary times. You will receive a letter showing you are a resident of the center from the procedure office to deliver to your lawyer in your first meeting.
The lawyer and/or another trusted person chosen by the asylum seeker can attend a main long interview in CGRS. A trusted person may assist him/her during the asylum procedure and has to be professionally qualified in assisting persons or specialized in aliens’ law. He\she can be a social worker, representative of NGOs with knowledge of asylum matters, a psychologist or therapist.