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Belgium in Brief: Getting a Belgian work visa

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Thursday, 24 August 2023

Belgium in Brief: Getting a Belgian work visa

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Most non-EU citizens wanting to work in Belgium will first require a work visa.

While the procedures can vary depending on the applicant’s personal circumstances, there are essentially two ways to get one.

The first is also the easiest: find an employer who will sponsor your visa. People who come to Belgium because they found a job in the country before their arrival are pretty much set: the administrative responsibility falls primarily on their employer.

The second route is a bit more tricky as it requires people to apply to work as a self-employed professional – essentially people who are not hired to work as employees by a company in Belgium, such as freelance journalists, for example. In this case, the full administrative burden falls on them.

These people should acquire a Professional Card: the document that gives foreign nationals the legal right to engage in self-employed activity in Belgium.

Getting that Professional Card, however, is the hardest part of the entire visa application process. But once you have it, getting the actual work visa is relatively straightforward.

While the exact set of documents required will vary from person to person, depending on each applicant’s individual circumstances, the application can be divided into three stages, which usually each take up about a month.

To untangle the web of Belgian bureaucracy and find out what to expect when applying for a work visa in Belgium, what the costs are, and how to go about the entire process, read this clarifying how-to article by my colleague Thomas Moller-Nielsen. He knows what he’s talking about.

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Source: https://www.brusselstimes.com/658755/belgium-in-brief-getting-a-belgian-work-visa


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