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Do I need sn ommigrTion lawyer to appeal on s negative advise?

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Hello,

I have recently received a negative advise about my nationality application. I have been living here for 15 years, holding an F+ card with my British/Irish husband and daughters. I failed on contributing to the society/integration as I have never worked being just a housewife. I now have 15 days from receiving the letter to appeal and I don't know what to do. I am a dependent of.my husband and have never claimed benefits from the government. It was a personal choice we made as we had no relatives
here. Prior to my application I volunteered to a charity shop to prove that I can do it. My commune advised me to join book clubs or anything to fill up the hole in my application. But I cannot prove that I was a member of anything, even though I joined workshops years ago, was/and still a bit active in my kids' schools activities or parents/teachers meetings or gatherings. Can someone give me a sound advise please. Do I need a lawyer to appeal on my behalf? Many thanks in advance.

glendsky May 26, 2019 08:13
glendsky May 26, 2019 08:15
shortof

No you do not.

May 26, 2019 10:51
shortof

Perhaps time to find a job?
Enrol for adult eduation courses.
Volunteer work.
Join library.
Join political party.
Letter from public Belgian school your children attend.

May 26, 2019 10:53
Denniss

Hi,

sorry to hear about the rejection. I would suggest to call organisation Objectif: http://www.allrights.be and ask for an advice, they could help you.
Though I would ask commune to send your file to the court and start looking for an lawyer/adviser.
D.

May 27, 2019 10:59
becasse

I suspect that the biggest problem is that your husband isn't a Belgian citizen and neither has he applied to be one - therefore your family isn't considered as integrated. Obviously if you had become a "pillar of the local neighbourhood" the situation would be different but you don't seem to have done that.
By all means spend money on a lawyer - if you have money to waste.

May 27, 2019 14:11
shortof

You do not ask your commune to send the file to the court, that is not the procedure.

You will be better looking on allrights website and getting inspiration from there. Your lack of working is going to a serious impediment. If your children are / were at public school, that is a positive. You reallly have to show lots of ways you are integrated.

Then reapply.

From what you have written, I would not be hopeful to win an appeal.

May 27, 2019 20:19
wezembeekwanderer

Does your husband have An Irish passport? What nationality are you? Can you get Irish citizenship?
When you applied, did you get 5 or 6 letters from Belgians saying that you would be a good citizen, that is an important part of the process. Presumably you also supplied a language ability certificate.
Why are you applying? If your husband is an EU citizen, and you have been here 15 years, you will normally have residence rights.

May 28, 2019 07:41
shortof

This is the list of suggestions from allrights (objectif asbl) on how to prove participation in Belgian life. This is what you need to prove for your application and where you have been refused.

Participation à la vie de sa communauté d'accueil

Pour une demande sur base de 10 ans, vous devez prouver votre participation à la vie de votre communauté d'accueil par toute voie de droit.

Plusieurs documents peuvent prouver cette participation :

- Preuve du travail
- Preuve du suivi d’une formation ou d’études
- Preuve du suivi d’un parcours d’intégration
- Attestation de bénévolat
- Attestation de membre d’un club
- Attestation d’une association culturelle (maison de quartier, association de parents, etc.)
- Carte d’électeurs aux élections communales
- Preuve d’inscription sur la liste des électeurs
- Témoignages de Belges, amis, voisins, collègues
- ...

Une lettre de motivation à l'attention du procureur du Roi doit accompagner le dossier. Cette lettre doit reprendre les différents éléments d'où il apparaît que le demandeur participe à la vie économique et socio-culturelle de sa communauté d'accueil.

May 28, 2019 10:22