European blue card
- the employer must have entered into a permanent employment contract ─ permanent or of at least one year's duration ─ with the foreign worker;
- the foreign worker must be paid a gross annual salary of at least €51,882 ;
- the worker must hold a diploma issued by an educational establishment which is recognised as a higher-education institution  by the State in which it is based.
 Article 15/1, Royal Decree of 9 June 1999
 This amount is adjusted each year on January 1.
 Any diploma, certificate or other training qualification issued by an authority and attesting to the successful completion of at least three years of higher, post-secondary studies.
- On the one hand, the foreign national concerned must submit an application for a Blue Card:
- if they are still in their country of origin, they must apply to the competent consular authorities,
- if they are already living in Belgium, they must apply to the foreign nationals department of the municipality in which they are resident.
- At the same time, the employer wishing to recruit the foreign national concerned must first apply for and obtain a temporary employment permit from the Administration of Economy and Employment of the Brussels-Capital Region, if the place of employment is within the Brussels-Capital Region.
Temporary employment permit (employer)
Please return the completed form and related documents to the Administration concerned
- the application form for a temporary employment permit (in french), duly completed, dated and signed by the employer or his agent . The employer or his agent must in any case be a natural person residing regularly in Belgium;
- a photocopy of the employment contract (of at least one year's duration) dated and signed by both worker and employer, in accordance with the Law of 3 July 1978;
- if the worker has not yet arrived in Belgium, a copy of every page of their passport, or, if the worker is already in Belgium, a copy of the document issued by the municipality concerned attesting to their residence status;
- an authenticated translation  of the worker's academic qualification attesting to the successful completion of at least three years' higher, post-secondary studies, issued by an establishment recognised as a higher-education institution in the State where it is based.
- as soon as the worker obtains their EU Blue Card,
- if the worker fails to apply to the Immigration Office for an EU Blue Card within 90 days of the issue of the temporary employment permit,
- if he Immigration Office refuses to grant the worker an EU Blue Card, from the date of notification of the refusal.
EU Blue Card (worker)
Start of employment
- the worker is in possession of their copy of the temporary employment permit, and
- the worker is legally resident in Belgium (as established by a CIRE of limited duration or electronic card A, or D – B29 visa, or a copy of the decision made by the Immigration Office authorising the worker to reside in Belgium in accordance with Article 61/27, §§2 and 3 of the Law of 15 December 1980 governing residence), and
- the worker has submitted an application for an EU Blue Card (made up using Annex 41b).
Family members of a Blue Card holder
- the application form for a temporary employment permit (in french) submitted as part of the procedure whereby the foreign worker was granted their existing EU Blue Card;
- a copy of the worker's still valid EU Blue Card;
- a copy of the employment contract;
- a copy of their pay slips for the period of employment so far covered by the temporary employment permit and/or the EU Blue Card.
Long-term resident status
- obtain a new temporary employment permit prior to making any substantial changes to the terms of employment referred to in Article 15/1 of the Royal Decree of 9 June 1999,
- inform the competent regional administration if the employment contract is terminated. 
- during the period of validity of the temporary permit: the regional administration will withdraw the temporary employment permit;
- during the period of validity of the EU Blue Card: the competent regional administration will notify the Immigration Office. The Immigration Office will withdraw the EU Blue Card.
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
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).