Withdrawing the asylum application

Some reasons for withdrawing the application

  • The problems the applicant has encountered in his country of origin no longer exist and he wishes to return to his country of origin.
  • The applicant has received a residence permit in Belgium on different grounds than the asylum application and does not wish to continue the asylum procedure.

Who can withdraw the application?

The applicant, as the person who has registered the application, is the only person who can stop the asylum procedure. The lawyer or trusted person are not allowed to withdraw the asylum application instead of the applicant.

When the CGRS is informed that an applicant has received a permanent residence permit in Belgium on other grounds while the asylum application is still being processed by the CGRS or the Council for Alien Law Litigation (CALL), the applicant has 60 days to request the continuation of the asylum procedure via a registered letter. If the applicant does not do this, the CGRS can declare the asylum application without purpose.

How to withdraw the application?

The applicant who wants to withdraw the asylum application before the end of the procedure, fills in a form in which he officially declares that he withdraws his application. An applicant withdraws his application under his own responsibility and by his own free will. No one can force him to withdraw the asylum application he has submitted himself.

What are the consequences of withdrawing one’s application?

The CGRS ends the asylum procedure immediately after receiving the applicant’s declaration of withdrawal. The applicant receives a decision of the CGRS confirming he has withdrawn the asylum application.

  • If the applicant has received a residence permit in Belgium in another procedure than the asylum procedure, he retains the right of residence on these other grounds. He must abide by the rules associated with this permit.
  • If the applicant has an ongoing application for a long stay in Belgium based on another procedure than the asylum procedure (for example regularisation), he must abide by the conditions of residence in that particular procedure.
  • If the applicant does not have a residence permit in Belgium and has no other ongoing procedure for a long stay in Belgium, he is no longer entitled to stay in Belgium after ending his asylum procedure.