About the work permits

Foreign natives are permitted to work in Belgium only if they have a valid work permit. The employer or the foreign employee must apply for the appropriate work permit. Some foreign nationals are exempt from the obligation to have a work permit.
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Reminder
Foreign students, with a legal residence related to their education in Belgium, do not need a work permit to work during the school holidays.

Nationals of a member state of the European Economic Space (the European Union plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and Switzerland do not require a work permit. Several categories of foreign nationals are also exempt from the work permit obligation. Other foreign natives must have a work permit.

Type-C work permit C

The type-C work permit is for specific categories of foreign nationals whose stay in Belgium is temporary (such as students - except during the school holidays) or whose right to stay in Belgium is still undecided (such as some asylum seekers). The type-C work permit is available for all paid jobs and is valid for up to one year. This permit can be renewed under specific circumstances.

The Brussels-Capital Region is the competent authority for persons residing in the Brussels-Capital Region; the Walloon Region is the competent authority for persons residing in the Walloon Region; the Flemish Region is the competent authority for persons residing in the Flemish Region and the German Community is the competent authority for persons residing in the German Community.

Type-B work permits

The type-B work permit is granted for a specific job for a specific employer for a set period of up to twelve months. This permit can be renewed in some cases.

The employer must apply for an employment permit for the specific job he/she wishes to employ a foreign national for before that person arrives in Belgium. An employment permit is issued together with a type-B work permit to the foreign national, who can then apply for a visa to enter Belgium.

The Brussels-Capital Region is the competent authority for persons working in the Brussels-Capital Region; the Walloon Region is the competent authority for persons working in the Walloon Region; the Flemish Region is the competent authority for persons working in the Flemish Region and the German Community is the competent authority for persons working in the German Community.

European blue card

From now on, an european blue card can be granted for certain highly educated workers in connection with  obtaining a temporary employment permit.

Type-A work permit

Most foreign nationals will need a type-A work permit. This covers all (paid) work of any duration for any employer. It is only granted to foreign nationals employed for at least four years on the basis of a type-B work permit during an uninterrupted period of no more than ten years stay in Belgium. In some cases the required period of work is reduced (based on the family situation, for example). Some categories of workers employed on the basis of a type-B work permit (such as highly qualified staff and trainees) cannot apply for a type-A work permit.

The Brussels-Capital Region is the competent authority for persons residing in the Brussels-Capital Region; the Walloon Region is the competent authority for persons residing in the Walloon Region; the Flemish Region is the competent authority for persons residing in the Flemish Region and the German Community is the competent authority for persons residing in the German Community.

Checks by the regional labour inspectorate

The Inspection régionale de l'Emploi (regional labour inspectorate) is responsible for checking compliance with the laws and regulations governing the employment of foreign nationals.


Contact Contact

Mail

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

Counters, Work permits

CCN - Brussels-North station
Rue du Progrès 80
1030 Brussels
open Monday to Friday from 8.45 am to 11.45 am
 
 

Federal, Flanders, Wallonia

Competent region Competent region

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).

Regulations Regulations