Application for an authorization of unlimited duration "in the frame of an exemption"

Long-term resident after twelve months of effective and uninterrupted employment in a shortage occupation

(art. 2,35 royal decree 09/06/1999)

Please submit the following documents: 

  1. Form
    PDF Application form for an exemption of an employment permit of unlimited duration for a worker of foreign nationality who is a long-term resident in another EU country, after effectively working for twelve months (in French or in Dutch
  2. Other required documents

    In this case, it is the foreign national who applies for a single permit.


What is the procedure?


The employee completes an application for a work permit 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 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. The worker is invited to go to his/her commune of residence to receive his/her single permit. B) If Brussels Economy and Employment refuses the request: Brussels Economy and Employment notifies its decision to the worker. The worker has 30 days from the notification of refusal to lodge an appeal.

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