Bernard CARIS


Specialist in Business Immigration
Languages : NL/FR/ENG
Tel : +32 2 880 77 98
Fax : +32 2 880 77 81
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Bernard has a licentiate in law from the Catholic University of Leuven (1993) and holds an additional licentiate in tax law from the University of Brussels (1994).

His practice is focused on business immigration. He assists clients with applying for work permits/single permits/EU Blue Cards (employees), professional cards (self-employed), visa and residence permits, …, always taking into account the overall situation (tax and social security consequences, long term residence, citizenship, …).

Bernard is a regular speaker about business immigration at conferences organized by IBA (International Bar Association), AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association), and CILS (Center for International Legal Studies). He has written several articles in this practice area. Since 2005 “Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration” recognizes him as a specialist in the field of business immigration.

He is the Belgian member of ABIL (Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers), an international network (22 countries) of specialist business immigration lawyers. He is also a member (International Associate) of AILA GMS (Global Migration Section).


  • Belgian chapter of the ABIL (Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers) book “Global Business Immigration Practice Guide (editions 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015)

  • Belgian chapter of book “The Corporate Immigration Review” (editions 2011 and 2012)

  • Answers to FAQ for Belgium in book “AILA’s Global Immigration Guide: A Country-by-Country Survey” (edition 2005)


  • "Corporate migration post-BREXIT in the UK and across continental Europe", Eventbrite, 6 July 2021

  • "Webinar Covid-19 : La COVID-19 et l’impact sur les rémunérations et les avantages acquis des travailleurs / COVID-19 en de impact op de bezoldigingen en de verworven voordelen van de werknemers”, Younity, 6 October 2020

  • "Belgian business immigration: Covid-19 impact" AILA GMS (American Immigration Lawyers Association - Global Migration Section) webinar, 14 April 2020

  • "Survival tips for small firms in a world of global immigration conglomerates" AILA GMS/CILS (Center for international Legal Studies), "Opportunities and Challenges in the Future of Global Immigration Law Practice", 6-9 February 2020

  • "European Union migration in a global context: labour demand, international cooperation and nationalist pressures" IBA (International Bar Association), 9th Biennial Global Immigration Conference, 30 October-1 November 2019

  • “Brexit: EU citizens in the United Kingdom and UK citizens in the European Union – Where we are today” AILA GMS (American Immigration Lawyers Association – Global Migration Section), Annual Global Immigration Forum, 17-18 June 2019

  • “Tips and Tricks for a Stress-Free Audit” AILA GMS/CILS (Center for International Legal Studies), “Compliance in Global Immigration Practice Symposium”, 19-21 January 2019

  • “A European Work Permit – Dream or Reality? Implementation of the EU Intra-Corporate Transfer Directive” AILA GMS, Annual Global Immigration Forum, 12 June 2018

  • CETA webinar AILA GMS, 6 December 2017

  • “Navigating the storms: ethical dilemmas in immigration law” IBA (International Bar Association), 8th Biennial Global Immigration Conference, 16-17 November 2017

  • “Countdown to Departure – Getting There The Right Way Made Easy” AILA GMS, Global Immigration Forum, 21 June 2017

  • “Belgian Immigration Webinar” Fakhoury Global Immigration, 28 June 2016

  • “Global Immigration in a Changing World: Terrorism, Migration and Business Immigration” AILA GMS, Annual Global Immigration Forum, 21-22 June 2016

  • “Can you bring the family?” IBA, 7th Biennial Global Immigration Conference, 19-20 November 2015

  • “Lunch with the Experts” - “Summary – Belgian Corporate Immigration System for Employees” AILA, Global Immigration Forum, 18 June 2014

  • “Global Panel – Schengen Visas and Blue Cards” AILA Rome District Chapter, Athens Spring Conference, 13-14 March 2014

  • “Current European immigration scene – applying the EU Blue Card: are we getting mobility of the highly skilled employee?” IBA, 6th Biennial Global Immigration Conference, 21-22 November 2013

  • “Pre-and post-merger immigration compliance” - “Belgian Business Immigration – Pre-and post-merger immigration compliance” AILA, Global Immigration Forum, 25-26 June 2013

  • “Tewerkstelling van buitenlandse werknemers: heden en toekomst” / “Employment of foreign nationals: present and futur” Seminar M&D Seminars, theme “Grensoverschrijdende tewerkstelling” / “Cross-border employment”, 28 November 2012

  • “Employer compliance – the latest developments” - “Employer compliance – the latest developments in Belgium” IBA, 5th Biennial Global Immigration Conference, 22-23 September 2011

  • “Immigration Compliance” ABIL, webinar, 1 June 2011

  • “Business visitors – the do’s and the don’ts” en paper “Business visitors under Belgian law” IBA, 4th Biennial Global Immigration Conference, 19-20 November 2009

  • “L’embauche de travailleurs chinois: conditions et situation actuelle en Belgique” / “Hiring Chinese employees: requirements and current situation in Belgium” UCL - Louvain-la-Neuve, Chinese Students Job Day, 25 March 2009

  • “Business visitors – do’s and don’ts” - “Business visitors under Belgian law” IBA, 3rd Biennial Global Immigration Conference, 15-16 November 2007

  • “Intra Company Transfers: Establishing Overseas Offices” - “Belgian business immigration - An overview with special focus on the attitude towards new EU Member States” CILS, International Business Immigration Law Conference, 15-17 January 2007

  • “Immigration to Europe” - “Business immigration in Belgium” CILS, Business Immigration and Cross-border Employment Conference, 12-15 November 2005

  • “The new Europe” - “Belgium: work permits and the new Europe” IBA, Global Immigration Conference, 10-11 November 2005

  • “Managers, executives and highly skilled workers” AILA, 2004 Global Immigration Summit, 30 September-2 October 2004

  • “Managers, executives and highly skilled workers” AILA, 2004 Global Immigration Summit, 30 September-2 October 2004

  • “The Geneva Convention in Europe: past and future” IBA, Annual Conference, 20-25 October 2002

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