Accelerated procedure

The CGRS can apply an accelerated procedure when processing an application for international protection. This application is assessed on its substance, but in a short period of time.

This applies to the following situations:

  • The application is only based on elements that are not important to decide if the applicant is eligible for international protection;
  • The applicant comes from a safe country of origin;
  • The applicant deceives the authorities by providing false information or documents about his or her identity and/or nationality or by concealing relevant information or documents that could have had a negative influence on the decision;
  • - The applicant has destroyed or discarded, probably in bad faith, an identity or travel document that could have helped to establish his or her identity or nationality;
  • The applicant makes apparently incoherent and contradictory, apparently false or clearly unlikely statements that are inconsistent with sufficiently checked information on the country of origin, as a result of which his or her claim loses all persuasiveness;
  • A subsequent application for international protection that was declared admissible;
  • The applicant only files an application to postpone or avoid the implementation of a previous or imminent decision that would lead to his or her refoulement or removal;
  • The applicant who has entered the territory illegally or has extended his stay illegally, and, given the circumstances of the entry, who has not presented himself as quickly as possible without any valid reason to the authorities or who has not filed an application for international protection;
  • - The applicant refuses to comply with the obligation to have his or her fingerprints taken;
  • There are serious reasons to consider that the applicant represents a danger to national security or public order.

In principle, the CGRS always invites the applicant to a personal interview. The period between the notification of the invitation and the personal interview is at least two days.

In the accelerated procedure, the CGRS takes the same decisions as in the standard procedure (granting, refusing or excluding from protection status).

In case of a decision refusing international protection, the CGRS can consider this application to be apparently unfounded. This does not have any consequences for the asylum procedure as such, but it does have consequences for the period in which the Immigration Office issues the order to leave the territory.

The CGRS takes a decision according to the accelerated procedure within 15 working days after the file has been received from the Immigration Office, or from the day the subsequent application has been declared admissible by the CGRS.

This processing period of 15 working days is again an indicative period. If this period is exceeded, this does have consequences for the period of appeal with the CALL.

An appeal in full jurisdiction can be filed with the CALL against a decision taken by the CGRS as part of the accelerated procedure. The appeal must be filed within ten days after the decision has been notified, when the CGRS has respected the processing period of 15 working days. If this is not the case, the period of appeal is thirty days.

 

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