Candidate for refugee status: name of the old procedure for a person who has submitted a request for recognition of his/her refugee status in a country of which he/she is not a national and on whose application for asylum no final decision has been taken yet.
Confirm (a decision): validate, ratify. In the case of the Belgian asylum procedure this means that the judgment pronounced by the Council for alien law litigation is in the same line as the decision of the CGRS.
Council of State: highest administrative court, with which an asylum seeker can lodge a cassation appeal against un unfavourable decision from the Council for alien law litigation. The Council of State examines whether the procedure followed was in accordance with the legal provisions, but it cannot pronounce on its content. In other words, the Council of State cannot recognise refugee status or grant subsidiary protection status. This cassation appeal has to pass through a filter in order to determine its admissibility.
Council for alien law litigation: administrative court which only has jurisdiction to hear appeals lodged against individual decisions of the Immigration Department or the CGRS in accordance with the Act of 15 December 1980, i.e. for all administrative decisions relating to asylum, right of residence, family reunification, visa, etc.