Belgium Work Permits

A Contractor's Guide to Work Permits: 

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for any contractor 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 Belgium work permit, known more commonly as the Work Permit B, 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.

How Can Umbrella Companies Help You Get a Work Permit in : 

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Work Permit B 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 Belgium 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 visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Belgium.

Work Permit Processing Time: 

4 to 12 weeks

Can Work Permit be Processed in Country?: 

The work permit is applied for in Belgium but the visa is applied for in the home country.

Work Permit Application Process: 

Work Permit Documentation

  • Passport (copy) -  Valid for at least the duration of the contract plus 3 months past the intended departure date, with bank pages for visa stamps. Please note a permit cannot be issued for longer than the validity of the applicant's passport

  • CV

  • Job title and description

  • Educational and professional certificates - must have a degree

  • Residence address (in home country)

  • Police clearance (not older than 6 months)

  • 4 passport-sized photos (2 for the visa and 2 for the work permit)

  • Medical certificate  



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.

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