Visa and Work Permits
We are here to guide you through those first steps of setting up business or starting to work in Belgium. Of course, we are not alone! Our small country is big on organisation, and we have many initiatives, so it may not be easy to find the right partners right away.
Here at the expatcenter, we are impartial. We are not affiliated to anyone, we only care about a positive outcome and want to create a win win situation for all parties concerned.
We will giude you towards your main partners in Business in Flanders.
Check if you need work documents
If you want to work as a foreigner in Flanders, you need to check in advance whether you need an 'admission to work'.
Basically, you have for work:
a combined permit of more than 90 days
employed for less than 90 days, as a frontier worker or as an au pair, a work permit is required.
a self-employed person needs a professional card.
for temporary assignments as detachment or self-employed, you need to register in the Limosa application
Certain categories of foreign workers do not need them. This is the case, among other things, for nationals of the Member States of the European Economic Area (the EU countries + Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and Switzerland,
For foreign workers who are applying for a bottleneck appeal (PDF file opens in new window), it is easier to get an admission to work.
We have 3 types of visas:
Short-term Belgian visas – these are visas that permit stays of up to 90 days for tourism or business;
Non-Immigrant visas – these are longer-term temporary visas for studying or working on fixed-term contracts, where the holder doesn’t intend to stay in the country beyond a fixed period;
Immigrant visas – long-term visas for those who want to stay in Belgium either long-term or permanently, for purposes such as work or retirement
All of the above procedures will require one of these visas for you to be able to start work. Your starting point should always be the procedures above.