Family Reunification

IOM facilitates the movement of family reunifications to Belgium and Luxembourg through its worldwide network of offices. More particularly, IOM arranges the travel of family members joining their family in Belgium or Luxembourg and provides assistance in obtaining visas and exit permits and gives on site assistance upon departure, in transit and upon arrival at the various airports whenever necessary. The decision to grant a visa for family reunification is taken by the Belgian Immigration Office. Once a positive decision is received, IOM can start its assistance.

IOM Brussels does not provide financial help but offers the self-paying migrants reduced airfares, more flexibility and a higher luggage allowance. Our goal is to provide logistical help to people and ensure they can benefit from our expertise. IOM Brussels liaises between the migrant and/or social partner in Belgium and the IOM mission in the country of origin. IOM staff books the flight and assists people to the boarding gate, supports them during their transfer and can also assist them upon arrival. This assistance is all the more important for people who are illiterate, have never taken a flight or for children traveling alone.

For more information, contact Ms. Manon Donker van Heel (, tel: +32 (0) 2 287 74 31).