New legislation became operational on 22 September last year. In the period before the new law was implemented Belgium's Immigration Department gave the go ahead for up to ten visas on the basis of family reunion each and every day. Today this figure has fallen to 4 a day.
Katrien Jansseune of the Immigration Department: "The new law sets stricter financial conditions on family reunions. There are checks to see if people can count on a stable, reliable income and whether this income is sufficient. In practice people need an income of at least 1,130 after tax."
In addition the new law also requires adequate housing to be available.