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 56,111 euros from 1 January 2021 (4030.96 € x 13,92) and 57.019 euros from 1 January 2022 (4096,19 € 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".
Apply for a Blue Card
- Prepare the necessary annexes
- Fill in an application for a single permit via the digital counter "Working in Belgium".
If you have any questions about this application, please consult the FAQ.
What is the procedure?
The procedure requires a maximum of 90 days between the time the application is complete with Brussels Economy and Employment, and the issuance of the work permit/the notification of refusal.
Period of validity
The employment entitling authorisation is granted for the duration of the employment contract, with a maximum duration of three years.
For an employment of more than a year :
- the employer needs to provide a form as well as certain documents yearly to prove that the eligibility conditions are still met.
- the wages must continue to respect the established thresholds. The indexation of the amounts on 1 January of every year is immediately applicable.
Documents that need to be provided in case of a contract lasting more than a year
Yearly, the employer needs to provide the following documents, at the latest a month after the anniversary of the employment entitling authorisation :
- a photocopy of the payslips or pay settlements for the entire duration of the employment entitling authorisation;
- a copy of the individual account.