Region issues professional cards

As a non-Belgian national, you can work as a self-employed person throughout Belgium if you are in possession of a professional card. It is, however. the Flemish, Walloon, Brussels-Capital Region or the German-speaking Community that decides on your application.

Which region processes your application is determined by:

  • the location where you establish yourself as a self-employed person
  • or the location of the registered office of your company if you have several offices
  • or the location where you actually work as a self-employed person if you do not have an office in Belgium.

For this reason, choose where you want to set up your business as a self-employed person before you apply for the professional card.

The principle of "mutual recognition" applies within the regions. This means that any service provider who has obtained a professional card in one region is entitled to provide his services in the other regions without having to obtain a new recognition or permit. The foreign service provider with a professional card issued in another region who wants to open a new office in the Flemish Region does, however, need a new professional card.

Authorised service in Brussels

Do you have any questions about the issuing of the professional card by the Brussels-Capital Region? If so, contact the authorised service in Brussels.

Brussels economy and employment
Employment Policy and Added Value Economy Department
Kruidtuinlaan 20
1035 Brussels
Tel: 02 204 13 99
E-mail:  arbeid.eco@gob.irisnet.be (opens in your email application)

Authorised service in Wallonia

Do you have any questions about the issuing of the professional card by the Walloon Region? If so, contact the authorised service in Wallonia:

Direction générale de l'Economie, de l'Emploi et de la Recherche 
Département de l'Emploi et de la Formation professionnelle - Direction de l'Emploi et des Permis de travail
Place de la Wallonie 1 - bâtiment 2, 4ème étage 
5100 Namur (Jambes)
Tel : 081 33 43 92 
E-mail: professionalcard@spw.wallonie.be (opens in your email application)

Authorised service in the German-speaking community

Do you have any questions about the issuing of the professional card by the German-speaking Community? If so, contact the authorised service in the German-speaking Community:

Ministerium der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft, Abteilung Beschäftigung, Gesundheit und Soziales
Gospertstraße 1,
4700 Eupen,
Tel: 087 59 64 86, fax: 087 55 64 73,
http://www.ostbelgienlive.be (in Dutch) ((opens in new window))