Employment permits and the corresponding type-B work permits can be granted in the special cases below. The employer must submit specific documents in each case.
The list of required documents in each case can be downloaded by clicking the links below. The forms you need to complete in each situation are also listed at the end of each section.
All documents are available for download here.
- Trainees aged 18-30 following a course of no more than one year in addition to prior training and leading to a diploma or certificate.
- Highly qualified staff or executives whose social security contributions are paid in Belgium. The annual remuneration of the highly qualified employees (holders of at least a higher education diploma) must be higher than 40.124 euros, whereas persons employed as an executive must earn more than 66.942 euros a year (amounts applicable in 2017) (maximum duration two times four years).
- Seconded highly qualified staff or executives (highly qualified staff: maximum duration two times four years).
- Researchers and visiting professors employed by a university, higher-education institution, scientific institution or research department (maximum duration four years).
- Technical experts working for an employer registered abroad who comes to Belgium to assemble, commission or repair a supplied system (maximum duration six months).
- Employees on temporary assignment for vocational training in Belgium under a sales contract (maximum duration six months).
- Professional sportspeople and coaches insofar as their annual remuneration before tax is higher than 78.400 euros (amount applicable as of 1 July 2016).
- Persons employed in a position of responsibility at a foreign airline or a tourism agency whose social security contributions are paid in Belgium.
- Employees of a foreign airline or a tourism agency on temporary assignment
- Young au pairs living for a limited period with a family, where they are given board and lodgings in exchange for light household duties, for the purpose of improving their language skills or their general education.
- Performing artists whose annual remuneration before tax is higher than 33.471 euros (amount applicable in 2017).
- Spouse, registered partner or dependent children of a foreign national (Art. 9.16) holding a type-B work permit or registered as being self-employed.
- Spouse, registered partner or dependent children of some foreign nationals (Art. 9.17) exempt from the work permit obligation (for example spouse, registered partner or dependent children of foreign nationals staying in Belgium under the special status of a diplomatic office).
- Workers who are:
- either nationals of a non-European Economic Area member state (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom) and employed by a corporation registered in a European Economic Area member state
- or nationals of a state referred to in article 10: Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Morocco, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, as well as the new member states of the European Union (Croatia)
- or nationals of an Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OCDE) member state, notably: Australia, Canada, Chile, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Turkey, United States;
who come to Belgium to follow training lasting at least three calendar months at the Belgian office of a multinational to which their employer belongs, under a training contract between the offices of this multinational.
- Workers who are:
- either nationals of a non-European Economic Space member state employed by an employer registered outside the European Economic Space;
- or nationals of a non-signatory state to the Convention of 14 December 1960 on the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development,
who come to Belgium to follow training (.doc) at the Belgian office of a multinational to which their employer belongs, under a training contract between the offices of this multinational.
- Workers with long-term residency of another European Union Member State (Art.9-20° Royal Decree 09/06/1999)
Forms for special categories:
For each special category, there is a list of documents you must enclose with your permit application (see downloads above). The following forms are also required. You must also enclose them with your application for submission to the Ministry of the Brussels-Capital Region:
- Permit application (.pdf) (FR) to employ a foreign national, when the employer is established in Belgium (Note: this form should not be used if a special application form exists, such as for technicians and au pairs. This is explained in the "Required application documents" for each category.)
- Permit application (.pdf) (FR) to employ a posted foreign national, when the employer is established abroad (Note: this form should not be used if a special application form exists, such as for technicians and au pairs. This is explained in the "Required application documents" for each category.)
- Information sheet for foreign nationals wishing to apply for a type-B work permit (.pdf) (FR), signed by the mayor of the commune in which the applicant resides (Note: only if the foreign national already has a residence permit for Belgium. This is explained in the "Required application documents" for each category.)
- Medical certificate for a foreign national (FR) issued by a doctor approved by the Belgian embassy in the foreign national's home country (Note: only for foreign nationals hired for the first time who cannot prove they have lived legally in Belgium for two years. This is explained in the "Required application documents" for each category.)
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).
Direction de la Migration économique
Bd du Jardin Botanique, 20
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T +32 (0)2 204 13 99
Counters, Work permits
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