Work Permit

Working in Europe | Work permit | Belgium

 

 

Foreign workers who are citizens of a country outside the European Economic Area generally need a work permit in order to work in Belgium. However, under certain conditions, postdoctoral researchers who have a fellowship or a work contract may be exempted from the work permit requirement providing their host institution provides them with an “ Avis d’arrivée” or a “Convention d’accueil (Hosting agreement) respectively.

 

If you need a work permit, your employer in Belgium must submit an application to the authorities of the Region in which it is based. There are three types of work permit (see Federal). . Once authorization to employ you has been granted by the relevant authorities, the foreign worker can submit a visa application.

 

 

There are three types of work permit. The type of work permit conditions the application procedure.

 

In a nutshell:

  • Work Permit A is valid for any kind of salaried occupation, and is of unlimited duration. It is granted to workers who have held a Work Permit B for 4 years during a maximum of 10 years of legal and uninterrupted stay in Belgium. The worker has to apply to the regional authorities for this type of Work Permit.
  • Work Permit B is restricted to a given employer and is valid for 12 months. The employer has to apply to the regional authorities for this type of work permit.
  • Work Permit C is valid for all salaried occupations, and is of limited duration. It is usually granted to given categories of foreign citizens with a limited or precarious right of stay in Belgium. Usually, the spouse of a researcher under a Hosting Agreement is only entitled to receive this type of Work Permit.

 

For further information regarding work permits, see:

http://www.emploi.belgique.be/defaultTab.aspx?id=4888#AutoAncher2 (in French)

http://www.werk.belgie.be/defaultTab.aspx?id=4888#AutoAncher2 (in Dutch)

 

 

Authorities in charge of the employment authorization and of work permits A, B and C in Flanders:

  • Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap

    Vlaams Subsidieagentschap voor Werk en Sociale Economie

    Cel Migratie

    Koning Albert II, laan 35 (bus 21)

    1030 Bruxelles

    Tél.: 02/553 39 42 - fax : 02/553 44 22

    Site Internet : http://www.werk.be/en/home

    E-mail: arbeidskaart@vlaanderen.be

 

 

 

Authorities in charge of the occupation authorization and of work permits A, B and C in Wallonia:

  • Ministère de la Région wallonne

    Division de l'emploi et de la formation

    Place de Wallonie 1

    5100 Namur

    Tél.: 081/33 31 11 - fax : 081/33 43 22

    Site Internet : http://emploi.wallonie.be

 

 

Authorities in charge of the employment authorization and of work permits A, B and C in Brussels-Region:

  • Ministère de la Région de Bruxelles-capitale

    Direction de la Politique de l'Emploi et de l'Economie plurielle

    Rue du Progrès 80

    1035 Bruxelles

    Tél.: 02/204 13 99 - fax : 02/204 15 28

    Site Internet : http://www.werk-economie-emploi.irisnet.be/fr/

 

 

Authorities in charge of the employment authorization and of work permits A, B and C in the German-speaking Community:

  • Ministerium der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft

    Abteilung, Beschäftigung, Gesundheit und Soziales

    Gospertstrasse 1

    4700 Eupen

    Tél.: 087/59 64 86 - fax : 087/55 64 73

    Site Internet : http://www.dglive.be