The Economic Migration Department is presently experiencing a major influx of applications. As a result, processing currently takes nine weeks.
Please take this timing into consideration when submitting your application.

Special service ‘Working in Belgium’ – One digital office for all regions

Since 31 May 2021 in Belgium, all applications for a single permit with a fixed term have been submitted via one special service: ‘Working in Belgium (in Dutch) ((opens in new window))’.

Only submit a complete application dosser. It is not possible to email documents in later and have them added to a dossier that has already been submitted. If you receive a warning that your computer file is too large, you need to make the file small enough to be submitted electronically.

After you have submitted the application dossier via the new online application, it will automatically be sent through to the authorised region (the Flemish region, Brussels Capital region, Walloon region or the German-speaking community).

You can follow up the status of the application via the special service:

In the first phase (May – June 2021), only the following statuses are visible:

  • Application
  • Admissibility
  • Government of Flanders decision on work
  • Immigration Office decision on residence
  • Final decision on single permit.
  • As from July 2021, there will also be other statuses visible; for example, ‘Request additional info’.

You will also be kept informed via email of the admissibility of and the decision on the ‘work’ part of the permit. Negative decisions will still be sent as registered mail. You will receive the final decision via the Immigration Office via your eBox (in Dutch) ((opens in new window)).

Is the special service available for all work permits?

The special service is currently only available for the single permit with a fixed term. The requests for short-term (e.g. with a maximum of 90 days) and specific (e.g. au pair, frontier workers) authorisation via a work permit and the single permit for an indefinite term (which is requested by the employee) must therefore still be submitted via email. They will only be added to the special service in a later phase, possibly at the beginning of 2022.

For example:

  • A Flemish employer/user applies for a single permit for an American IT expert from an American company who is to be seconded to or posted in Belgium.
    • Since 31 May, applications by an employer take place via the new special service, for first applications, and for renewals, for Belgian appointments and for seconded employees.
  • An employee has already worked for four years with a Belgian employer. The employee applies for a single permit with an indefinite term so that they can work for any employer in Belgium.
    • The application is made via email. It will only be possible to apply for a single permit with an indefinite term via the special service at the beginning of 2022.
  • A host family would like to make an application for the authorisation of an au pair.
    • They apply for a work permit via email. It will only begin to be possible to apply for work permits via the special service at the beginning of 2022.

Can I apply for a so-called single permit via email?

As from 1 October 2021, all applications for a so-called single permit with a fixed term in Belgium will need to be submitted online via the special service, Working in Belgium (in Dutch) ((opens in new window)).

Frequently asked questions