Application for a European blue card

Highly qualified staff

(art. 9,2 AR 09/06/1999)


Conditions to be met to benefit from a European Blue Card

  • Minimum gross annual remuneration of 53,971 euros on 1 January 2019 (3.877,23 € x 13,92) and of 55.431 euros from 1 January 2020 (3982,11 € X 13,92) 
  • Employment contract for an indefinite period or at least a year
  • Higher education degree that necessitated three study years
  • Not a seconded worker, a long-term resident, a researcher a person under temporary protection, an asylum seeker nor a seasonal worker - Consult the list of excluded categories

If all these conditions are not met, see the section "qualified worker".


Documents to submit to apply for a Blue Card

  1. Form
    PDF Application (in French or in Dutch) for authorisation to work for more than 90 days for a worker of foreign nationality - European blue card (Employer in Belgium)
  2. Medical certificate (in French or in Dutch) from the Immigration Office for workers of foreign nationality
  3. Other documents to be provided

The employer completes an application for a work permit to employ a worker under the single permit scheme. He forwards it to Brussels Economy and Employment. If the application is acceptable and admissible: Brussels Economy and Employment examines the application with regard to the conditions of employment. A) If Brussels Economy and Employment refuses the request: Brussels Economy and Employment notifies its decision to the employer and, if applicable, to the worker who is legally resident in Belgium. The employer and, where applicable, the worker have 30 days from the notification of refusal to lodge an appeal. B) If Brussels Economy and Employment agrees: the Migration Service examines the file with regard to the conditions related to the stay. If the Migration Service gives its agreement:it notifies the worker and issues a single permit. If the worker is in Belgium, he or she is invited to go to his/her commune of residence to receive his/her single permit. If the worker is abroad, he or she is invited to go to the embassy/consulate to apply for a visa and come to Belgium. Once in Belgium, the worker will collect his single permit in his commune of residence.

The procedure requires a maximum of 90 days between the time the application is declared complete by Brussels Economy and Employment, and either the issuance of the single permit or the notification of refusal.

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Brussels Economy and Employment
Direction de la Migration économique
Bd du Jardin Botanique, 20
1035 Brussels
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T +32 (0)2 204 13 99

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