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Who needs a work permit?

No work permit is required for certain categories of foreign nationals to enter into paid employment in Flanders. They are allowed to perform any form of work with any employer.

If you are a foreign national and would like to work in Flanders as a self-employed entrepreneur, you do not need a work permit, but you do need a professional card for foreign entrepreneurs

Who does not need a work permit?

Who does need a work permit?

Foreign nationals who do not meet the conditions for the categories and exemptions above are not permitted to work in Belgium, unless prior authorisation has been granted.

The type of work that a foreign national will perform determines whether they will be permitted to join the labour market. Only certain categories of foreign employees are eligible.

Since January 1, 2021, new rules also apply to British nationals who want to work in Flanders.

Simulator: is a work permit required? (dutch only)

By answering the questions, you can check which categories of employees may be eligible for work permits. (dutch only)