Virginia, US

Belgium

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 legislation differentiates between the right to reside and the right to work. The Immigration Office is responsible for the entry and residence process. Regional employment authorities are responsible for the work permit process.

Business visitors to Belgium typically use a local version of the Schengen C Visa, unless they are visa exempt. The Schengen area limits stays to 90 days in a 180-day period.

The main work authorization is the Work Permit B, which is suitable for specific categories of workers or specific types of work. This includes short-term work to install or repair machinery and equipment, highly skilled workers and executives conducting short-term work or on long-term assignments, trainees, and au-pairs. There is also the EU Blue Card, which is suitable for highly skilled workers interested in EU mobility rights. EU/European Economic Area/Swiss nationals are visa and work permit exempt. Belgium also offers certain work permit exemptions.

Note that each of Belgium's three regional employment authorities may require different documents for a work permit application. Work permits are only valid for the authorized position with the authorized employer. 

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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