lists all the options available to you on its website.
It would be impossible to list all of them on this page. The aim here is not to provide an exhaustive list, but rather to present a basic directory of associations and organisations that can help you get your bearings and integrate into your new life in Belgium.
lists all the options available to you on its website.
offers French lessons for people who have a limited educational background in their country of origin (less than 6 years of education). There are 6 Lire et Ecrire drop-in centres in Brussels where you can find information, take an aptitude test and be referred to a literacy course. You can find their location and contact details on this page:
creates meeting places for newcomers and Brussels residents through a variety of activities, including conversation sessions to practice French informally while meeting new people.
The website https://famgb.be/fr/accueil/ will help you find a doctor based on the criteria of your choice: address, languages spoken, etc. You can also request a search for a General Practitioner (GP/doctor) by telephone on: 1710.
You can also register with a medical centre, where you can find a range of basic medical services: doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, gynaecologist, etc. Anyone with valid health insurance can register. To find your nearest medical centre, go to: www.maisonmedicale.org.
offers free consultations for children aged 0 to 6 years. They aim to ensure that children grow healthily. You can find the contact details for ONE consultations at
Family planning centres provide confidential advice and care for people about sexuality, pregnancy, family life and emotional issues. To find a family planning centre near you:
provides information on the health care available to people who are in Belgium illegally or whose immigration status is uncertain.
offers social and legal advice for any questions relating to people’s residence in the country.
Rue du Boulet, 26 1000 Bruxelles - Open every day from 8.30 to 11.30 am
can answer any questions about residency, family reunification, asylum applications, work, social assistance, international family law and nationality. Rue du Boulet 22,1000 Bruxelles.
is an NGO that offers a humane response to the migration journey taken by each individual person and defends the rights of migrants and refugees. It can also help with seeking sustainable solutions, paying particular attention to the most vulnerable in society. Rue de la Charité 43, 1210 Bruxelles.
is a frontline legal service. This association offers advice, assistance and guidance on tenancy law, labour law (employed and self-employed), social security (unemployment, family allowances, pensions, healthcare, incapacity for work, allowances for disabled people, etc.) and social assistance (CPAS, GRAPA). It offers free services, open to all. Rue de la Porte Rouge, 4 - 1000 Bruxelles.
Telephone hotlines: Monday from 1pm to 4pm, Thursday from 9am to 12pm - 1pm to 4pm and Friday from 9am to 12pm.
is part of the French Bar Association of Brussels. It promotes access to justice by allowing certain categories of people to benefit from the free assistance of a lawyer in all legal matters. Services include: legal advice, assistance and representation in judicial or administrative proceedings or in mediation, lodging of appeals, etc.
Bureau d'aide juridique de Bruxelles
Rue de la Régence 63, 1000 Bruxelles
is an independent public service for combating discrimination and promoting equal opportunities. If you have any questions or wish to report discrimination, you can contact them free of charge on 0800 12 800 or come to the Thursday morning office (9am to 12.30pm). Rue Royale 138, 1000 Bruxelles.
covers discrimination based on nationality, race, skin colour, national or ethnic origin, language and philosophical or religious beliefs. It has a legal department (Tel: 0477 88 40 52) and a social service (Tel: 0477 88 40 53). Rue de la Poste 37, 1210 Bruxelles.
In Belgium, education is compulsory for all children between the ages of 5 and 18.
To find a school, you can contact your local education department.
You can also contact the registration helpdesk on 0800 188 55 (free of charge) or via the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are looking for information on homework clubs, sports, creative and cultural activities, extracurricular and holiday activities for children and young people in Brussels, you can contact your local “Extracurricular” or ATL (Accueil Temps Libre) service or visit the Bruxelles Temps Libre website (http://www.bruxellestempslibre.be/index.php)
is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to provide information, help and advice to all young people. This applies to all areas of relevance to young people, such as education, training, work, housing, family, health, social assistance, justice, leisure and holiday activities, etc. Permanent offices have been set up in the various different areas of Brussels. They are free and anonymous, with no appointment necessary. To find an office near you, go to:
There are several organisations that can help you with your job search and who can provide details of available training.
is the public body that deals with employment in Brussels. If you are a job seeker, you should register with Actiris.
provides information and advice on training and jobs. The website www.dorifor.be provides access to a database managed by Bruxelles-Formation. This database lists the adult education courses available in the Brussels region.
is the centre for information and advice on lifelong career guidance. It offers a multimedia area that can be visited any day of the week, with no appointment necessary, and individual meetings can be set up with an advisor by appointment. Av. de l'Astronomie 14, 1210 Bruxelles.
provides information and support if you wish to obtain an equivalent recognition of your qualifications or if you need advice on training and studies. Rue du Vivier 80-82, 1050 Bruxelles.
is an information service for self-employed people in the Brussels-Capital Region. This service can provide information about the administrative and legal conditions of self-employment and refer you to guidance and support organisations. Chaussée de Charleroi 110, 1060 Bruxelles.
can answer your questions about obtaining Belgian nationality and help you check your case before submitting your application to the local authorities. Consultations are by appointment only. To make an appointment:
helps with the submission, management and follow-up of applications for naturalisation. Open every day from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. Rue des deux églises 111, 1210 Bruxelles.
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