The Belgian Route

With new laws in the Netherlands making family reunification harder, Belgium is fast becoming the option of choice for Dutch wanting to bring in partners from outside the EU. An article in De Standaard brings several websites that detail how to make such a move.

All that's needed is a six month stay in Belgium, and then the Dutch couple can move back to the Netherlands.

Belgian politicians are calling to tighten the Belgian family reunification laws to match those of the Netherlands. Currently the Netherlands requires the immigrant partner to be at least 21 years old, and for the Dutch partner to earn 1300 euro a month (120% the minimum salary). In Belgium the age limit is set at 18, and the income requirement is around 800 euro.

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