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New Digital Platform: Working in Belgium

A digital platform, “Working in Belgium,” intended to facilitate the filing and processing of applications, will be launched soon after a test phase. The Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement has an impact on UK business visitors: some activities are work permit-exempt. Finally, this article summarizes the main changes to the Flanders work/single permit legislation that […]

Global Update: Belgium

A change in legislation, published in the Belgian Official Journal on January 26, 2020, and effective January 27, 2021, is having substantial consequences for EU/Schengen travel to Belgium. Between January 27, 2021, and March 1, 2021, all non-essential travel was forbidden for all those whose main place of residence is located abroad. The Belgian State […]

Belgium: All Non-Essential Travel Forbidden for Persons with Main Place of Residence Located Abroad

A change in legislation is consequential for European Union (EU)/Schengen travel to Belgium. A change in legislation, published in the Belgian Official Journal on January 26, 2020, and effective January 27, 2021, will have substantial consequences for EU/Schengen travel to Belgium. Between January 27, 2021, and March 1, 2021, all non-essential travel is forbidden for […]

BELGIUM: Immigration reform aims to expedite single permit application processing

Summary of the Issue – After much lobbying, the Belgian government is taking actions to reform the single permit application process with the goal of improving processing timeframes. Implemented on January 1, 2019, the single permit application allows non-EU employees to work in multiple branches of an EU-based multinational company. The single permit replaced a […]

BELGIUM: 2020 Salary Thresholds Update

Summary: Belgium has announced 2020 gross salary thresholds. The gross salary thresholds for work and single permits are updated every year. The salary thresholds vary by region (Brussels, Flanders, or Wallonia) and by category of employee (e.g., highly skilled employees, executives). In general, the region with jurisdiction is determined on the basis of the primary […]

BELGIUM: Flanders and Walloon Regions Announce 2020 Minimum Salary Level Increases

Effective January 1, 2020, the minimum annual salary for foreign workers in the Flanders region in Belgium will increase to EUR 42,696 for highly-skilled work permits, EUR 34,156.80 for those under 30/nurses, EUR 68,314 for executives, and EUR 51,235 for EU Blue Card applicants. In the Walloon region, the minimum annual salary for foreign workers will increase to EUR 42,869 for highly-skilled workers, EUR 71,521 for senior positions, EUR 55,431 and for EU Blue Card applicants. Employers must increase salaries for current and new staff and notify authorities of increases for pending applications.

BElGIUM: Immigration Update – Minimum Salary Scale 2020

The Brussels region has released the 2020 minimum salary thresholds for foreign employees. Within Single Permit applications the gross yearly minimum salary level for Highly Skilled workers has been raised to

BELGIUM: Annual Requirements for EU Blue Card

Since the implementation of the Single Permit in January 2019, authorizations have been granted for periods up to three years. New EU Blue Cards can be issued for up to four years. In order to track whether the conditions linked to work authorizations are