Type-B work permit and employment permit
The employers must submit their application before the foreign national arrives in Belgium. If the application is successful a type-B work permit will be issued automatically.
Employers must apply for an employment permit for foreign nationals who are not legally staying in Belgium for a specific job. If the workplace is located in the Brussels-Capital Region, the Brussels-Capital Region is the competent region.
The employment permit is issued to the employer together with the issue of a type-B work permit to the foreign national for the specific job. The foreign national will then be able to apply for a visa to enter Belgium to work for the applicant employer for the term of validity of the work permit.
The employment permit will only be issued if an alternative candidate cannot be found in Belgium who fulfils the job criteria, even with appropriate vocational training, within a reasonable timeframe (Article 8 of the Royal Decree of 9 June 1999 (FR/NL)). In addition, these persons must be nationals of states with which Belgium has signed international employment accords.
1) Special categories
2) Long-term resident in another EU member state who is employed in a shortfall occupation
The employment concerns an occupation for which there is a lack of staff, taken by a worker with long-term residency in an EU member state.
3) Application for regularisation of stay submitted between 15 September 2009 and 15 December 2009 and for which the Office des Etrangers has made such regularisation dependent on the award of a type-B work permit
Employers can hire foreign nationals who applied for their stay in Belgium to be regularised between 15 September 2009 and 15 December 2009 and for which the Office des Etrangers (Foreign Nationals Office) has made such regularisation dependent on the award of a type-B work permit.
4) Other cases
An employment permit and type-B work permit can only be granted For jobs and people who do not fall into the above mentioned categories (except article 9) if a qualified person cannot be found in Belgium. However, the regional Ministry may waive the above mentioned conditions in individual cases for economic or social reasons. More information.
The employment permit and the type-B work permit can be renewed under conditions related primarily to the conditions for awarding the first permit. To this end, the employer must submit the forms (specific forms for the application for the renewal of an employment permit in relation to the procedure for regularisation; the same forms as for the initial permit application and for the initial application in other situations) as well as all appendices. The application for renewal must be submitted one month prior to the expiration of the work permit.
Direction de la Migration économique
Bd du Jardin Botanique, 20
E Contact form
T +32 (0)2 204 13 99
Counters, Work permits
open Monday to Friday from 8.45 am to 11.45 am
Map to the counters
Federal, Flanders, Wallonia
This section applies to employees who work in the Brussels-Capital Region (type-B permit of blue card) or who reside in the Brussels-Capital Region (type-A permit or type-C permit).