Finally, The European Blue Card Available In Belgium For Highly-Skilled Employees


Starting Monday 10 September 2012, a "European Blue Card" can be issued to certain highly-skilled non-EEA employees. This will allow them to work and reside in Belgium.

This new "unique" residence permit exempts certain highly-skilled, non-EEA employees from the obligation to have a work permit in order to work in Belgium. However, during the first two years, this European Blue Card can only be issued after the Belgian employer first obtains a provisional work permit from the competent regional government with this being valid for a maximum of 90 days. Thereafter, the Aliens' office will deliver a European Blue Card if all conditions concerning residency are fulfilled. At first, the Card will be issued for a term of 13 months, which is renewable. After two years, the Card will be renewed for a term of three years.

Of note is the fact that some categories of employees are excluded, such as seconded employees.

If the following conditions are fulfilled, a European Blue Card can be obtained:

the employer has to have concluded an open-ended employment contract with the foreign employee, or a contract for a term equal to or longer than a year; the employer has to pay the employee an annual gross wage of minimum 49,995 EUR (an amount that is adjusted annually); the employee has to possess a diploma of higher education with such education having lasted at least three years. This new European Blue Card will exist alongside the existing work...

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