Unlimited single permit application

Person who can justify several years of employment covered by a single permit or a work permit

(art. 16 royal decree 9 June 1999)

What are the requirements?

You can request an "unlimited single permit" if you can justify several years of employment covered by a single permit or a work permit, over a period of ten years of lawful and uninterrupted residence in Belgium immediately preceding the application.

  • If you are a citizen of a country that has concluded international agreements with Belgium with regard to the employment of workers (Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Morocco, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey) and your spouse, your registered partner or your children lawfully reside with you :

    you need to justify two years of employment covered by a single permit or a work permit, over a period of ten years of lawful and uninterrupted residence in Belgium immediately preceding the application.
  • If you are a citizen of a country that has concluded international agreements with Belgium with regard to the employment of workers (Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Morocco, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey) :

    you need to justify three years of employment covered by a single permit or a work permit, over a period of ten years of lawful and uninterrupted residence in Belgium immediately preceding the application.

  • If your spouse, your registered partner or your children are lawfully residing with you, :

    you need to justify three years of employment covered by a single permit or a work permit, over a period of ten years of lawful and uninterrupted residence in Belgium immediately preceding the application.
  • In all other cases  :

    you need to justify four years of employment covered by a single permit or a work permit, over a period of ten years of lawful and uninterrupted residence in Belgium immediately preceding the application.

An "unlimited single permit" will allow you to work in Belgium without a duration limit, and is valid for all salaried professions and all employers.

 

Attention. The following employment situations cannot be taken into account to calculate the number of employment years covered by a type B work permit or a single permit (royal decree dated 9 June 1999):

  • interns;
  • highly qualified staff;
  • seconded employees;
  • invited researchers and professors;
  • specialised technicians;
  • au pairs;
  • spouse, registered partner or children of a foreign worker with a type B work permit or self-employed status (Art. 9.16);
  • spouse, registered partner or children of a foreign worker exempted from a work permit (Art. 9.17);
  • workers in training (article 9,18 and 9,19 of the royal decree dated 9 June 1999)

How to apply

So as to obtain an unlimited work permit for all salaried professions (former type A work permit), you need to submit the following documents: 

  1. Form
    PDF Employment authorisation application for an unlimited period and for all salaried professions - Single permit (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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