Connecticut, US

Belgium Immigration Services

Whether your company is sending employees to Belgium or expanding outside of Belgium to destinations around the world—Fragomen is here to help. Our experienced Belgium immigration professionals partner with you to develop immigration strategies that help you meet inbound immigration needs and manage your regional or global immigration program.

Belgian immigration is complex; it requires the understanding of specific rules applicable to the region where a company operates as federal and regional authorities share responsibility for the immigration process. Belgian legislation offers several permit options based on the type and duration of work.

Business visitors to Belgium typically travel with a Schengen C Visa, unless they are exempt from visa requirements because of their nationality. For all visitors, the Schengen Area limits stays to 90 days in a 180-day period. For stays exceeding 90 days, a residence permit is required. Belgium offers certain work permit exemptions for business visitors, depending on the activities performed and duration of stay.

The main residence and work permit in Belgium is the Highly Skilled Permit, suitable for transfers and temporary employment of foreign staff. For short-term work in Belgium, foreign nationals can obtain a work permit available for specific categories of workers, including highly skilled workers and specialized technicians, among others. Highly skilled local hires can also obtain an EU Blue Card. For all these permit types, there may be regional variations in eligibility requirements, supporting documents, and processing times. Employers must complete posted worker notifications for staff on temporary assignment or secondment.

Citizens of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are visa and work permit exempt but may require ​a residence permit depending on their length of stay. For EU/EEA citizens on temporary assignment or secondment, posted worker notifications and social security requirements may apply.​​​​​​​​​

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.

 

Fragomen in Belgium is Fragomen Global LLP, Belgium branch a limited liability partnership practicing law in Belgium.
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