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 and administrative law. 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).


  • Global Business Immigration Practice Guide

    Belgian chapter of the ABIL (Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers) book, (editions 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015)

  • The Corporate Immigration Review

    Belgian chapter of book, (editions 2011 & 2012)

  • AILA’s Global Immigration Guide: A Country-by-Country Survey

    Answers to FAQ for Belgium in book, (edition 2005)


  • 4th AILA Global Migration Section European Conference : Global Mobility in an Age of Constant Insecurity: Technology, Strategies and Solutions. – panel Cybersecurity

    AILA GMS/CILS, 5/3/2023

  • Current impact of Covid-19 on global migration

    ILA GMS, 13-14/6/2022

  • Corporate migration post-BREXIT in the UK and across continental Europe

    Eventbrite, 6/7/2021

  • Webinar: Immigration and Brexit: an update

    IBA, 26/4/2021

  • 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, 6/10/2020

  • Belgian business immigration: Covid-19 impact webinar

    AILA GMS, 14/4/2020

  • Survival tips for small firms in a world of global immigration conglomerates, Opportunities and Challenges in the Future of Global Immigration Law Practice

    AILA GMS/CILS, 6-9/2/2020

  • European Union migration in a global context: labour demand, international cooperation and nationalist pressures, 9th Biennial Global Immigration Conference

    IBA, 30/10 & 1/11/2019

  • Brexit: EU citizens in the United Kingdom and UK citizens in the European Union – Where we are today, Annual Global Immigration Forum

    AILA GMS, 17-18/6/2019

  • Tips and Tricks for a Stress-Free Audit, Compliance in Global Immigration Practice Symposium

    AILA GMS/CILS, 19-21/1/2019

  • A European Work Permit – Dream or Reality? Implementation of the EU Intra-Corporate Transfer Directive, Annual Global Immigration Forum

    AILA GMS, 12/6/2018

  • CETA webinar

    AILA GMS, 6/12/2017

  • Navigating the storms: ethical dilemmas in immigration law, 8th Biennial Global Immigration Conference

    IBA, 16-17/11/2017

  • Countdown to Departure – Getting There The Right Way Made Easy, Global Immigration Forum

    AILA GMS, 21/6/2017

  • Belgian Immigration Webinar

    Fakhoury Global Immigration, 28/6/2016

  • Global Immigration in a Changing World: Terrorism, Migration and Business Immigration, Annual Global Immigration Forum

    AILA GMS, 21-22/6/2016

  • Can you bring the family?, 7th Biennial Global Immigration Conference

    IBA, 19-20/11/2015

  • Lunch with the Experts - Summary – Belgian Corporate Immigration System for Employees, Global Immigration Forum

    AILA, 18/6/2014

  • Global Panel – Schengen Visas and Blue Cards, Athens Spring Conference

    AILA Rome District Chapter, 13-14/3/2014

  • Current European immigration scene – applying the EU Blue Card: are we getting mobility of the highly skilled employee?, 6th Biennial Global Immigration Conference

    IBA, 21-22/11/2013

  • Pre-and post-merger immigration compliance - Belgian Business Immigration – Pre-and post-merger immigration compliance, Global Immigration Forum

    AILA, 25-26/6/2013

  • Tewerkstelling van buitenlandse werknemers: heden en toekomst / Occupation d’employés étrangers: présent et futur

    Seminaire M&D Seminars, thème Grensoverschrijdende tewerkstelling / Emploi transfrontalier, 28/11/2012

  • Employer compliance – the latest developments - Employer compliance – the latest developments in Belgium, 5th Biennial Global Immigration Conference

    IBA, 22-23/9/2011

  • Immigration Compliance, webinar

    ABIL, 1/6/2011

  • Business visitors – the do’s and the don’ts and paper Business visitors under Belgian law, 4th Biennial Global Immigration Conference

    IBA, 19-20/11/2009

  • L’embauche de travailleurs chinois: conditions et situation actuelle en Belgique, Chinese Students Job Day

    UCL - Louvain-la-Neuve, 25/3/2009

  • Business visitors – do’s and don’ts - Business visitors under Belgian law, 3rd Biennial Global Immigration Conference

    IBA, 15-16/11/2007

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

    CILS, 15-17/1/2007

  • Immigration to Europe - Business immigration in Belgium, Business Immigration and Cross-border Employment Conference

    CILS, 12-15/11/2005

  • The new Europe - Belgium: work permits and the new Europe, Global Immigration Conference

    IBA, 10-11/11/2005

  • Managers, executives and highly skilled workers, 2004 Global Immigration Summit

    AILA, 30/9-2/10/2004

  • Highly skilled and persons of extraordinary achievement, Global Business Immigration Conference

    IBA, 20-21/11/2003

  • The Geneva Convention in Europe: past and future, Annual Conference

    IBA, 20-25/10/2002

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