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Working in Belgium

You must meet a number of conditions to come and work in Belgium. These conditions depend on the following three key factors:

  • your nationality and country of residence;
  • the length of your stay in Belgium;
  • your professional status in Belgium (Employee or Self-employed – see below).

If you are going to be an Employee (Single permit, Blue card, Type B work permit or exemption of work permit)

Please note that only the regions are competent to decide and issue a work permit, single permit, professional card or exemption. A work permit might be required even though you spend less than 90 days within 180 days.

 
Before you can apply for a visa, you will first need to find out if you need a permit from the regions:

 
For all other relevant information, please consult the federal portal website

 
Once the single permit, blue card, work permit type B or the exemption is granted, the visa application can be submitted at the Visa Application Centre TLScontact. You will find on their website all the information relating to appointments, requirements, fees and processing times.

 If you are going to be self-employed in Belgium – We have a dedicated page with all the information and procedures, please click here.