Work permit BExemptionAuthorisation to stay for more than 3 months in BelgiumWhere to lodge your application for leave to remainFamily membersUseful texts
Workers who are European Union nationals should refer to the ad hoc section (to come)
RECOMMENDATIONConsult the website of the competent authorities for any additional information on the methods for lodging an application for an employment permit and the work permit B, the cases in which a worker is exempted from the obligation to obtain a work permit, the particular categories of workers, the employment market in Belgium, the sectors with manpower shortages, etc.
Work permit B
As a general rule, a foreign worker wishing to provide services in Belgium in the framework of a work contract may be admitted to work by his employer only after obtaining a work permit, regardless of the duration of the employment.
There are three types of work permit:
a) Work permit A:This permit is valid for all salaried professions and has an unlimited duration. It is granted to a foreign worker who can prove, over a maximum period of 10 years of legal, uninterrupted residence immediately prior to the application, 4 years of work covered by a work permit B.
b) Work permit B:This permit is limited to employment with a single employer and is valid for a maximum of 12 months. It is granted only if the employer first obtains the authorisation to employ the foreign worker.
c) Work permit C:
This permit is valid for all salaried professions and has a limited duration. It is granted to certain categories of foreign nationals authorised to remain in Belgium for a limited duration or on an insecure basis (e.g. students, asylum seekers, etc.).
Several categories of workers are exempt from the obligation to hold a work permit, either because of their nationality, or because of their status, or because of the nature and/or the duration of the services.
These categories of exempted workers are listed in Article 2 of the royal decree of 9 June 1999.
http://emploi.wallonie.be Région de Bruxelles-Capitale:
http://www.bruxelles.irisnet.be / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest:
http://www.brussel.irisnet.be Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft:
Authorisation to stay for more than 3 months in Belgium
If you wish to stay for more than 3 months in Belgium, you must first receive authorisation from the minister competent for entry, stay, settlement and removal of foreign nationals, or his delegate (Aliens Office).
Where to lodge your application for leave to remain
A. If you are abroadClick here to find out more about the
procedure to follow
B. If you are in BelgiumClick here to find out more about the
procedure to follow
To find out more about the procedure to follow, the conditions to satisfy and the supporting documents to provide, refer to the section ‘ACCOMPANYING or JOINING’.
• Law of 30 April 1999 on the employment of foreign workers• Royal decree of 9 June 1999 implementing the law of 30 April 1999 on the employment of foreign workers• Law of 15 December 1980 on entry, stay, settlement and removal of foreign nationals• Royal decree of 8 October 1981 on entry, stay, settlement and removal of foreign nationals