Processing times for applications for international protection

Since the second half of 2018, the number of applications for international protection has been rising considerably. As a result, the CGRS is unable to process all cases in the short term. Here, you can read more information about the reasons for the longer processing times and the period in which you can expect a decision.

Since the second half of 2018, the number of applications for international protection has been rising considerably. This trend persisted in 2019. As a result, the CGRS is unable to process all applications in the short term.

At the end of October 2019, 9,907 asylum cases for which a decision has not yet been taken, were still pending at the CGRS.

The CGRS is legally required to give priority to a number of cases. This involves the cases of:

  • persons who file a subsequent application (link)
  • persons who already obtained protection in another EU Member State (link)
  • persons who are detained (link)
  • persons from a safe country of origin (link)

The CGRS has to take a decision within a very short period of time for these priority cases, the number of which has increased strongly in 2019, after their transmission from the Immigration Office.

Applications filed before 1 January 2018

The CGRS still has to process a limited number of applications introduced before 1 January 2018. This mainly involves cases for which the CGRS had already taken a decision but that were sent back to the CGRS after being annulled by the Council for Alien Law Litigation (CALL). For these cases, the CGRS will take a new decision before the end of January 2020.

Applications filed after 1 January 2018

As a result of the strong increase in the number of applications since the second half of 2018, the caseload of the CGRS is growing, as a result of which not all cases can be processed in the short term.

A longer waiting period applies to these applicants. The CGRS understands the tensions caused by this uncertain situation.

The CGRS does everything to reduce the waiting period during the procedure. In order to achieve this, the CGRS has recruited additional staff since the summer of 2019, who will start to process cases after receiving an advanced training. Together with the other staff members, they will do everything to take as many decisions as possible. At the same time, the CGRS will continue to pay attention to the quality of every decision.

Do not contact us while you are waiting for an interview or a decision

We ask you not to contact the CGRS by phone or e-mail to obtain information about the state of your asylum case or to request an acceleration. This will only lead to an additional workload for the CGRS and will not accelerate the processing of your application. Therefore, the CGRS will not respond to such requests.

We will keep you informed

Depending on the influx of applicants and the capacity of the CGRS to process this influx, processing times may vary. The CGRS will keep you informed on its website about any change that may occur.

02 December 2019
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