Region issues professional cards
As a foreign 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.
The Flemish Region decides about your professional card, if:
- the address of the establishment unit (operating address) of your self-employed professional activity is in the Flemish Region
- and is registered (or will be registered) as such in the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises (CBE).
If your company has several branches in different regions and/or the German-speaking Community, your application will be assessed by the region or the German-speaking Community in which the registered office of the company is situated.
If you received a professional card for the Flemish Region, then the principle of ‘mutual recognition’ applies and you may provide your services in the Walloon Region, the Brussels Capital Region and the German-speaking Community, without having to apply for an additional professional card. This principle also applies vice-versa.