Belgium Work Permits

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for anybody hoping to start working in Belgium. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Belgium work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer. The Belgian work permit is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Belgium is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue. 

Belgium Work Permits

What is a Belgian Umbrella Company?

Umbrella companies in Belgium “employ” contractors, but don’t make any decisions about your workload, clients or anything to do with your day to day operation. They simply process your payments by billing and collecting money from your clients, calculating your taxes and sending you a net wage. This is equivalent to the PAYE (pay as you earn) system employed by many companies, and it makes handling your tax in Belgium a lot simpler. The fact that they technically become your employer helps you get your working visa in Belgium with minimal fuss. 

How Can Umbrella Companies Help You Get a Belgium Work Permit?

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Belgium work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Belgium infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the Belgian immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Belgian Embassy directly. 

Through their service you may be able to use a business visa to get started quickly and then transition to a work visa in Belgium. It depends on your specific Belgium visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Belgium.

Can Umbrella Companies Also Assist You with Belgium Taxation?

Some umbrella companies are specialists in the Belgian tax system. They constantly stay up to date with the legislation and ensure that you get to keep the biggest proportion of your earnings possible. The PAYE system is ideal for most workers because you don’t have to complete any paperwork (aside from submitting your timesheets to the umbrella company) or worry about your taxes in any way (you’ll receive documentation for your records, though). You have a team of experts ensuring that you’re paid promptly and the various requirements for tax in Belgium are met. 

How We Help You with Contracting in Belgium

We work closely with numerous umbrella companies in Belgium and we have a thorough knowledge of the different services they provide - especially regarding immigration to Belgium. If you’re a business analyst, IT project manager, software developer, tester, telecommunications contractor or an oil and gas worker, we can help you get sponsorship for your work permit and keep more of your earnings by setting you up with an umbrella company. We’ll also answer any questions you have about Belgian visas or the country’s tax law, and we’ll contact the experts directly to guarantee 100 percent accurate advice. This all comes at no charge whatsoever to you and you’re not obligated to take on the services of any company. We’re just here to make your move as stress-free as possible. 

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Question and Answers about Work Permits in Belgium

Q: Is it possible for a foreign national to be sponsored on a Work Permit in Belgium?

A: Yes you can either be sponsored on a Professional Card (for Self-Employed) or a D Permit (full employment)

Q: How long does it take to get a Belgium Work Permit?

A: 4-6 weeks

Q: What is the visa process?

A: Copies of: passport, degree certificate, CV, police clearance certificate from the candidate's home country and residence card from the candidate's home country are required plus a copy of the contract. The company sponsoring the visa then makes the application and is lodged in Belgium, once approved the candidate needs to be in their home country to have the visa ratified in the Belgian Consulate.

Q: What documentation is required from the candidate?

A: passport, degree certificate, CV, police clearance certificate from the candidate's home country and residence card from the candidate's home country are required plus a copy of the contract

Q: How much does it cost?

A: €1,500

Q: Can you transfer from a Business Visa to a Work Permit in Belgium? 

A: No. You can enter Belgium on a Schengen Visa but must leave to have the work permit approved.


Common Questions and Answers about Business Visas in Belgium

Q: Can you organise business visas for Belgium?

A: Yes

Q: How long does it take to process?

A: 10 days

Q: How much does a business visa in Belgium cost? 

A: €200

Q: Can nationals of certain countries enter Belgium without a Business Visa? For example on an entry visa or visa waiver? 

A: Yes but not to work.