Immigration UpdatesBelgium, Germany and the Netherlands

Read more below about the most recent immigration updates from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.


As of 1 March 2023, researchers who have signed a hosting agreement with a research organisation approved by the Federal Science Policy will have to apply for a Single Permit from the competent Region, through the hosting organisation.


For Turkish and Syrian nationals that have been impacted by the earthquake on February 6th 2023, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs has eased the visa application process to join their family in Germany. If someone has lost their home and has relatives in Germany, they can obtain a visa more easily. All information and requirements can be found here

The Netherlands

On Tuesday 7 March 2023, the renewed Schengen Information System (SIS) went live in all Schengen states. This is an EU information system that supports border controls and law enforcement cooperation in and between Schengen countries. It contains information on wanted or missing persons or persons who are not authorised to enter or reside in the Schengen area. This information system also includes property such as cars, firearms, and identity documents which have been reported lost, stolen or used in a crime.

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