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Work permits – Compulsory work placement in the framework of a post-graduate qualification

Foreign nationals who perform a compulsory traineeship or work placement in Flanders to meet the requirements of a post-graduate qualification need a work permit.

Conditions for working in Flanders

Foreign nationals who come to work in Flanders must first receive permission to work. This obligation applies to everyone apart from a few well-defined categories of foreign workers.

Does your future employee have a university degree? Are they coming to Belgium to follow a compulsory work placement to meet the requirements of a post-graduate qualification? An example might be an employee who is a doctor in training (see Article 17,9° of the Government of Flanders Order).

If your employee does not belong to one of the well-defined categories of foreign workers and therefore needs a work permit, they can work in Flanders if they meet the conditions below.

  • They have attained a university diploma.
  • They are performing a compulsory work placement to attain a post-graduate qualification.

Which work permit is required?

As an employer, you apply for permission for your future employee to work. The procedure and the documents that you need will differ depending on the duration of their appointment. Are you applying for permission for the first time? Or are you renewing a permit? This makes a difference too.

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