Where and when to submit an application for international protection?


  • In the offices of the Immigration Office (IO) in Brussels, as soon as possible and within 8 working days after arrival in Belgium. https://dofi.ibz.be/
  • With the border police, if the foreign national has been stopped at the border.  The foreign national must file an application as soon as possible after arrival.
  • With the director of the prison or closed reception centre after the foreign national was arrested and is being detained.

It is not possible to submit an application for international protection abroad (at an embassy or consulate, for example).

Information about the asylum procedure, tailored to the asylum seeker, can be found at : asyluminbelgium.be.