Foreign nationals who come to work in Flanders must first apply for permission to work. This obligation applies to everyone apart from a few well-defined categories of foreign workers.
With a European Blue Card, a foreign employee who does not belong to one of the well-defined categories and who therefore needs a work permit, can work and stay in Belgium for more than 90 days. The regulation is the transposition of the European Directive 2009/50 of 25 May 2009 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly qualified employment.
As an employer, you need to apply for a so-called single permit for a fixed term for your future employee. You collect the required documents as well as the following specific documents:
- Employee qualification (diploma)
- issued by a state authority
- that shows that the employee completed an upper-level studies post-secondary programme:
- Before that, he or she attended classes in an educational institute recognised as a higher education institution by the state where it is located.
- His or her studies for that qualification took at least three years.
- Employment contract
- stating gross annual earnings of at least €52,229.00 in 2021 (€54,115.00 in 2022).