The situation of the (potential) employee
Are you exempted or should you request autorisation? Do you need to apply for a work permit or a single permit? How?
Find out by selecting the situation of the (potential) employee below.
Please note the following with regard to a single permit application :
- If you wish (Belgian employer) or need (foreign employer) to call on a service provider to submit your permit applications :
you and your representative must follow the procedure for a power of attorney.
- For every application for which a proof of payment of the fee must be included:
you can find more information on this fee on the website of the Immigration Office. The amounts of the fee to be paid have been significantly modified on 26 May 2022.
- When Brussels Economy and Employment delivers a work permit, that does not automatically lead to the Immigration Office delivering a single permit. The single permit is only delivered to people meeting the conditions mentioned in articles 61/25-1 and following of the law dated 15/12/1980.
- Persons holding a special residence permit must provide proof of renunciation of their privileged status (certificate from the Foreign Affairs Protocol Service), when submitting their application for a single permit.
Executive, director, researcher, highly qualified, professor, temporary intra-corporate transfer (ICT), etc.
- Guest professor
- Highly qualified worker, director or executive (including a "blue card" applicant)
- Post-doctoral scholar
- Researcher without a hosting agreement
- Researcher with hosting agreement
- Temporary intra-corporate transfer (ICT)
- Airline company – person exercising a function with a high level of responsibility in a foreign airline company that has a registered office in Belgium
- Au pair
British workers in the Brussels Capital Region
- Cross-border worker
- Domestic servant
- Inner circle meetings – worker comes to Belgium to take part in inner circle meetings for discussions, contract negotiations, evaluation interviews, etc.
- Installation or assembling goods – worker employed by an employer established abroad, coming to Belgium for the initial assembly and/or the first installation of a good
- International agreement – worker employed pursuant to an international agreement
- Long-term resident in another EU member state
- Military graves – staff employed by military graves commissions
- Performing artist
- Professional athlete or trainer
- Prototype testing - worker comes to carry out prototype tests
- Provision of services – worker employed by a company in a member state of the EEA, coming to Belgium to provide services
- Regularisation – national who applied for a regularisation of stay between 15 Sept and 15 Dec 2009, for which application the Immigration Office makes the regularisation conditional upon obtaining a work permit
- Religious official
- Scientific congress – worker coming to Brussels to attend a scientific congress
- Seafarer – worker registered in the Belgian merchant navy seamen's pool
- Seasonal worker – agricultural activities
- Single permit or type B work permit during several years – national who can justify several work years covered by a single permit or a type B work permit (former "type A permit")
- Specialised technician for installation or repair work
- Tourism office – person exercising a function with a high level of responsibility in a tourism office for their country
- Training - seconded worker, coming to Belgium to undergo training
- Volunteer in the context of the "European Voluntary Service" (New)
- Other function, other situation or lower salary than those mentioned above
As a reminder, every worker should be remunerated in accordance with the Belgian legislation (for instance, the competent joint committee), and this remuneration cannot be lower than 1.954,99 € (collective labour agreement no. 43 of the National Labour Council).