If you are living in one of the following countries, you may go and work in Belgium without a work permit: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland.
Are you staying longer than 3 months in Belgium to work there? Then you need to apply for a temporary residence permit. To do this you need your identity card or European passport and 3 passport photos. You also have to pay a small contribution. Your residence permit is valid for 3 months and may be extended to one year. After that you may apply for a permanent residence permit, once you have a stable income.
Do you want more info on the formalities and the documents needed? Visit Eures, the European employment services network.
You are not an EU citizen?
You are not living in one of thecountries mentioned above? Then it is not sure that you are allowed to work in Belgium. Contact the Belgian embassy in your country for more information.
2. Social security
Everyone who works in Belgium must contribute to social security. This contribution is deducted automatically from your salary.
To be entitled to health insurance, you need to register with a health insurance fund.
Are you staying in Belgium only for a short time? As hotels are quite expensive, Youth Hostels or Bed & Breakfasts may be a good alternative. University cities such as Ghent and Louvain offer student accommodation during summer. Interesting links:
Are you staying longer and do you want to rent or buy a house or a flat? Check the orange-black posters on available residences announcing ‘For rent’ or ‘For sale’. Go to an estate agency, look in the papers or surf the internet. Interesting links: