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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I have to participate in the integration programme?

The integration programme is COMPULSORY* for foreign-nationality newcomers residing in French-speaking Wallonia aged between 18 and 65, who have been legal residents for less than 3 years and who hold a residence permit exceeding 3 months.

*Comment: there are people who are exempt and dispensed from this obligation.

Exempted people. Those who:

  • have been legally staying in Belgium for more than 3 years;

  • do not have a residence permit;

  • have a residence permit for less than 3 months;

  • are citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area, Switzerland;

  • are family members of a citizen of the European Union, the European Economic Area, Switzerland.

Waived people. Those who:

  • have already obtained the attendance certificate, or any other similar certificate issued by another community or region of the country;

  • present a medical certificate attesting to the impossibility of following the integration program due to a severe illness or disability;

  • have obtained a certificate or diploma in Belgian education;

  • are under 18 or over 65 years old;

  • work at least part-time for a continuous period of more than three months;

  • are regular students;

  • are exchange students;

  • receive a scholarship for obtaining a doctorate;

  • are teachers collaborating within a higher education institution recognized in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation;

  • are Turkish nationals or nationals of a state that has concluded association agreements with the European Union containing a standstill clause identical to that governing relations between the European Union and Turkey;

  • people who benefit from temporary protection.

If I have taken the “Citizenship” course, do I have to attend the “rights and obligations” session?

YES, the programme stages can be undertaken in random order, however, all the stages must be undertaken (except for the FLEFrench lessons if your level of French is sufficient and you can also be exempted from the socio-professional integrationphase if you already have a job).

Can I take the initiative to register myself for a course (French lessons, socio-professional integration, citizenship)?

YES, however, it is preferable to seek guidance from your programme advisor, as not all bodies are accredited.

If I have already completed the programme in the Flemish/German-speaking/Brussels region, do I have to participate the integration programme in the Walloon region?

No, if you have a certificate that proves you finished the programme.

If I do not speak any French, how can I participate in the integration programme?

Dont worry, professional interpreters in many languages are there for you. If you need an interpreter, feel free to mention it at your first appointment. In addition, the integration programme gives you the opportunity to get French lessons for free.

What is the purpose of the integration programme?

The integration programme was designed to allow you to understand the country in which you have just settled in.

How long does the programme last?

The maximum duration of the programme is 18 months. However, the duration of the programme can be shorter depending on your needs.

Are there any evening courses (French lessons, Citizenship)?

Make the request to your programme advisor. He or she will do his/her best depending on the availabilities of the institutions.

I have a dependent child and therefore not much free time, how can I participate in the programme?

The programme remains compulsory. You will be offered solutions by your programme advisor

If I'm working, do I have to participate in the integration programme?

No, if your job contract is for more than 3 months on part-time basis minimum.

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