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British workers

As a result of the Brexit, British citizens who wish to work in the Brussels Capital Region (as an employee or self-employed) after 31 December 2020 must undertake certain steps, according to one of the two following cases.

A) The British citizen has a residence permit that is still valid on 31 December 2020

A British citizen who has a residence permit that is valid on 31 December 2020 will have to apply for a specific residence document as soon as possible after receiving a letter from the Immigration Office.
A British citizen working and residing in Belgium will have to apply to their municipality of residence for an M card.
A British citizen working in Belgium but residing in another country (cross-border worker) will have to apply to the municipality where they work for an N card. Howeve, persons who only work in Belgium under the free movement of services (posting of workers) cannot invoke this right.

Holders of an M or N card will be authorized to work in Belgium, as an employee or self-employed.

B) The British citizen wishes to work in the Brussels Capital Region starting from a date after 31 December 2020.

In that case, it is a "new immigration".
A British citizen who wishes to work in the Brussels Capital Region after 31 December 2020 (and who did not work there legally before 31 December 2020, uninterruptedly) must follow the procedures applicable to non-European citizens, outlined on this website.

  1. In general, an employee must apply for an employment authorization through their future employer in the Brussels Capital Region.
    To know what to apply for, select the employee's situation and the planned duration of the employment in Belgium.
    Employers wishing to employ a British citizen in the Brussels Capital Region after 31 December 2020 can send us their application for an employment authorisation as of 1 November 2020.
     
  2. A self-employed worker must apply for a professional card.
    Consult the steps to undertake to apply for a professional card.
    A British citizen wishing to work in the Brussels Capital Region as a self-employed worker after 31 December 2020 can submit their application for a professional card as of 1 October 2020.

More information about the impact of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on the right of British citizens to reside in Belgium

Read the FAQ of the Immigration Office

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