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Work permits – Categories and procedures

Foreign nationals who are coming to Flanders to work must first be granted permission to work. This requirement applies to everyone except for certain well-defined categories of foreign nationals.

The sort of work that the foreign national will perform determines whether they will be admitted to the labour market. The future employer of the foreign employee is to apply for the work permit. 

Categories of eligible foreign employees

A work permit can only be granted if the work of the foreign national belongs to one of the categories below. Different conditions, requirements and procedures apply for every category.

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