I'm working in a software company in India; next month, I'm going to Belgium on a work permit. I want to take my widowed mother with me (I'm the only son).

Is there any other visa apart from tourist visa for her? If so, what's the procedure?

  • Someone has voted to close this as off topic, in favor of Expatriates, which is probably where it belongs. I will flag it for migration.
    – phoog
    May 25, 2017 at 3:04
  • @user1995151: I am facing a similar situation. Could you please provide an update of your situation now? I would really appreciate any help whatsoever.
    – New user
    Sep 29, 2020 at 13:56

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Unfortunately for you and your mother, it seems that she can't qualify for a family visa:

A non EU ascendant can not rejoin for instance his non EU son working in Belgium.

Ascendant means parent, grandparent, and so on.

Source: http://www.commissioner.brussels/i-am-an-expat/residence-formalities/non-ue-citizen/79-residence-formalities-non-ue/86-family-reunification

Note that your situation corresponds with the "second situation" covered by that page, "a non-EU citizen rejoins a non-EU citizen." (In the first case, dependent ascendants are included, but that does not apply to you because you are not an EU citizen.)

  • @mkennedy but the first situation is "A non EU citizen rejoins a EU citizen." That does not apply in this case, which instead corresponds to the second situation, "A non EU citizen rejoins a non EU citizen."
    – phoog
    May 24, 2017 at 18:38
  • Thank you, that was stupid of me. I'll delete my first comment, then this one, shortly.
    – mkennedy
    May 24, 2017 at 18:41
  • @mkennedy if you missed that then others will. I'll edit the answer to make it more explicit.
    – phoog
    May 24, 2017 at 18:51
  • thanks for your comments so the only visa option I have is (dofi.ibz.be/sites/dvzoe/EN/Application-guides/Pages/…) But what are the possibilities of getting this visa for maximum duration May 31, 2017 at 9:25
  • @user1995151 I'm afraid I don't know anything about the probability of success or about how it relates to the planned duration of the visit.
    – phoog
    May 31, 2017 at 14:58

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