Bernard Caris

Bernard Caris

Brussels, Belgium

Vorstlaan 36/8
1170 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 880 77 98

Bernard Caris’s Story

Bernard Caris is a member of the Brussels Bar Association since 1994 and is a partner at the Brussels based law firm Praetica. Immigration law has always been an important part of his practice. The immigration practice of Mr. Caris is focused on business immigration: the interventions range from the filing of applications for work permits (employees) and professional cards (self-employed) to the obtaining of visa and/or residence permits, always taking into account the overall situation (tax and social security consequences, long term residence, citizenship, …).

Memberships: International Associate AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) Global Migration Section


  • Chapter on Belgium in ABIL’s Global Business Immigration Practice Guide (2012-2013)
  • Chapter on Belgium in The Corporate Immigration Review (2011-2012-2013)
  • Paper “Belgian business immigration – Pre- and post-merger immigration compliance” for AILA Global Immigration Forum (2013)
  • Presentation “Employer compliance – the latest developments in Belgium” for IBA 5th Biennial Global Immigration Conference (2011)
  • Paper “Business visitors under Belgian law” for IBA 4rd Biennial Global Immigration Conference (2009)
  • Article “Belgian corporate immigration: what’s new?” in IBA Newsletter Immigration and Nationality Law (2009)
  • Paper “Business visitors under Belgian law” for IBA 3rd Biennial Global Immigration Conference (2007)
  • Paper “Belgian business immigration – An overview with special focus on the attitude towards new EU Member States” for CILS International Business Immigration Law Conference (2007)
  • Paper “Business immigration in Belgium” for CILS Business Immigration and Cross-border Employment Conference (2005)
  • Paper “Belgium: work permits and the new Europe” for IBA Global Immigration Conference (2005)
  • Answers to FAQ for Belgium in AILA’s Global Immigration Guide: A Country-by-Country Survey (2005)


  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German


  • Speaker at IBA/AILA conferences in 2003-2005-2007-2009-2011-2013 (London), 2013 (San Francisco), 2004 (New York) and 2002 (Durban)
  • Speaker at ABIL webinar on immigration compliance in 2011
  • Speaker at Chinese Students Job Day in 2009 (University of Louvain-la-Neuve – Belgium)
  • Speaker at CILS conferences in 2007 (Kitzbühel) and 2005 (Salzburg)