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  • ESTUDIAR EN BÉLGICA

  • TRABAJAR POR AUTÓNOMO EN BÉLGICA

  • TRABAJAR POR EMPLEADO EN BÉLGICA

  • ESTANCIA HUMANITARIA

  • ¿UNA VISA PARA BÉLGICA?

  • LIBRE MOVIMIENTO DE EUROPEOS

  • ÚNETE A TU FAMILIA

  • NACIONALIDAD BELGA

  • ¿POR QUÉ BÉLGICA?

  • HOW TO STUDY IN BELGIUM?
    Do you want to come and stay in Belgium because you have planned your studies there? We can advise you! Several hypotheses are available to you: Do your higher education or a preparatory year for higher education in an establishment organized, recognized or subsidized by the public authorities: You have automatic access to residence if you produce the following 4 documents: A certificate of registration or pre-registration Proof of sufficient means of subsistence to cover the costs of accommodation, health, studies and repatriation A medical certificate A certificate of good character if you are over 21 2. Do your higher education in a private educational institution: If you plan to study in a private institution, the right of residence is not automatic. The administration will examine your request individually, taking into account several objective criteria.
  • WHERE IS THE REQUEST FOR RESIDENCE FOR STUDIES MADE?
    In the country of origin Your application for residence must be submitted to the Belgian diplomatic or consular post in your country of origin. In Belgium However, if you are already in legal residence in Belgium, you can submit your request to the municipal administration of the place of residence by the procedure of "change of status". p> If you demonstrate exceptional circumstances making a return even to your country impossible, you can also submit the request to your municipal administration on the basis of article 9bis.
  • HOW TO STAY TO WORK IN BELGIUM AFTER MY STUDIES?
    To be able to benefit from the year granted after studies to look for a job or to create a business, the following conditions must be met: Be in possession of a residence permit as a foreign student; Have obtained a graduate, bachelor's or master's degree at the end of the current year; Submit the application to the municipality of residence no later than 15 days before the expiry of the residence permit; PROCEDURE: 4 hypotheses First hypothesis: If the student does not provide all the documents requested, the municipal administration informs him that he has a period of 15 days to complete his request. Second hypothesis: If the foreigner's residence permit expires before the Immigration Office has ruled on his application, the municipal administration must submit an annex 15. Third hypothesis: If the decision of the Immigration Office is positive, the municipal administration issues a residence permit valid for a maximum period of 12 months. Fourth hypothesis: If the Immigration Office does not make a decision within 90 days, authorization must be granted unless the student does not meet the legal conditions or constitutes a threat to public order or public health. Our law firm specializing in immigration law supports you and helps you with the procedures. Contacting a competent lawyer before taking any action allows you to act with full knowledge of the facts and avoid making mistakes.
  • WHERE IS THE APPLICATION FOR A PROFESSIONAL CARD FOR BELGIUM INTRODUCED?
    The request is introduced: At the Belgian diplomatic or consular post in the country of residence OR, at the approved business counter of your choice, only if it has a model A registration certificate, "or a certificate of registration in the foreigners' register" in order of validity.
  • WHAT IS THE PROCESSING TIME FOR A PROFESSIONAL CARD FOR BELGIUM?
    The processing time for such a request is 2 to 4 months.
  • WHAT IS THE DURATION OF A PROFESSIONAL CARD FOR BELGIUM?
    When the administration grants a professional card in Belgium, it is generally granted the first time for a period of one year. Subsequently, the card can be renewed directly on Belgian territory, and generally, it is then granted for a period of 2 years during renewals.
  • WHAT IS THE SINGLE WORK PERMIT?
    This is the residence permit required for salaried workers When a foreigner "outside the European Union" wants to work in Belgium as an employee for more than 90 days, his employer must submit a single application for him which will allow the said worker to obtain in a single document: A work permit And a residence permit. This is why we call this residence permit the SINGLE permit. Please note, if the authorities learn that the worker is in Belgium without a residence permit when the application for a single permit is submitted by his employer, the application for a single permit will automatically be refused! WHERE TO APPLY? IN ALL CASES THE EMPLOYER MUST APPLY FOR A SINGLE PERMIT WITH THE REGION CONCERNED. This is the region in which the worker will be physically occupied. If the employer has several establishments, it is the region where the employee is mainly employed that will then be competent. If the main place of employment cannot be determined, the region in which the company's registered office is located is competent. If the employer does not have a registered office or establishment in Belgium, it is the region where the employee carries out his activities that is competent. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WORKER IS ABROAD? In this case, once the single permit has been granted by the region, the worker must request a type D visa from the competent Belgian diplomatic post in his country of residence. This is the country corresponding to the address mentioned for the worker in the single permit application. Once in Belgium, the worker will then have to request the issuance of his single permit from his future municipality of residence. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WORKER IS IN BELGIUM? If the worker has: Either a declaration of arrival in Belgium; Either a residence permit as a student or as a researcher; Then, the request for a single permit can mention the address in Belgium of the worker, and the latter can present himself directly to his municipality to receive his single permit. WHO MAKES A DECISION? The Immigration Office and the Region process the application jointly, and both take a decision on the matter that concerns them. The region concerned decides on the authorization to work The Foreigners Office decides on the residence permit. Some useful links: The list of professions for which there is a significant shortage of labor -work in the 3 regions in Belgium as well as the studies that prepare for a profession in shortage Job offers in the Brussels-Capital Region< /a> Job offers in the Walloon Region Job offers in the Flemish Region The Seek A Job site: A mine of information
  • WHAT IS THE PROCESSING TIME FOR A SINGLE PERMIT?
    The processing time for such a request is a maximum of 4 months.
  • WHERE TO APPLY FOR A SINGLE PERMIT?
    IN ALL CASES THE EMPLOYER MUST APPLY FOR A SINGLE PERMIT WITH THE REGION CONCERNED. This is the region in which the worker will be physically occupied. If the employer has several establishments, it is the region where the employee is mainly employed that will then be competent. If the main place of employment cannot be determined, the region in which the company's registered office is located is competent. If the employer does not have a registered office or establishment in Belgium, it is the region where the employee carries out his activities that is competent. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WORKER IS ABROAD? In this case, once the single permit has been granted by the region, the worker must request a type D visa from the competent Belgian diplomatic post in his country of residence. This is the country corresponding to the address mentioned for the worker in the single permit application. Once in Belgium, the worker will then have to request the issuance of his single permit from his future municipality of residence. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WORKER IS IN BELGIUM? If the worker has: Either a declaration of arrival in Belgium; Either a residence permit as a student or as a researcher; Then, the request for a single permit can mention the address in Belgium of the worker, and the latter can present himself directly to his municipality to receive his single permit.
  • WHO MAKES A DECISION ON THE SINGLE PERMIT APPLICATION?
    The Immigration Office and the Region process the application jointly, and both take a decision on the matter that concerns them. The region concerned decides on the authorization to work The Foreigners Office decides on the residence permit.
  • HOW CAN I FIND A JOB IN BELGIUM?
    Here are some useful links that will allow you to find a job in one of the 3 Regions of Belgium Job offers in the Brussels-Capital Region< /a> Job offers in the Walloon Region Job offers in the Flemish Region The Seek A Job site: A mine of information
  • WHAT TAX BENEFITS CAN THE SINGLE PERMIT OFFER TO A CORPORATE EXECUTIVE?
    Are you a business executive? You can apply for a work permit while benefiting from the "special tax regime for foreigners". The interested parties, who are deemed to be non-residents for tax purposes in Belgium, are only taxable on the basis of the remuneration corresponding to their services provided in Belgium, as well as on their other income from Belgian sources. Thus, any activity carried out abroad will not be taxed. In addition, certain allowances paid by the employer to the foreign executive do not constitute taxable remuneration, but are considered as “expenses specific to the employer”. To benefit from this advantageous tax regime, you must meet the following conditions: Have a nationality other than Belgian nationality, The person concerned must be an executive of the company. This means that the function performed is characterized by a high level of competence and responsibility, Employment in Belgium must be of a temporary nature. The temporary nature of the job must necessarily be supported by a series of precise and consistent data, relating both to the individual situation of the manager concerned and to the nature of the position performed, The employer must be part of an international group of companies: Companies under foreign control. This control can have various facets, including shareholding. If this parameter is considered the most important, it is not the only element of appreciation, Or Companies with an international character. Belgian groups with an international character are also taken into consideration.
  • WHY HIRE A FOREIGN WORKER?
    Hiring a foreign worker will allow you: To find a worker suitable for the position; To hire a qualified person; To hire a worker for a position where you have difficulty recruiting non-foreign workers.
  • WHAT TYPE OF WORKER CAN OBTAIN A SINGLE PERMIT IN BELGIUM?
    Different categories of workers can obtain a single permit in Belgium: Managerial staff; The worker who wishes to obtain a European Blue Card; Highly qualified staff; The worker who wishes to work in a profession with a shortage.
  • I AM A FOREIGN WORKER AND I WOULD LIKE TO WORK IN BELGIUM?
    You are a foreigner and you wish to work in Belgium as an employee. You will need to sign an employment contract with an employer and then apply for a single work permit. The lexpat law firm helps you obtain a single work permit in Belgium.
  • HOW TO SUBMIT A REQUEST FOR REGULARIZATION OF STAY IN BELGIUM?
    If you think you cannot obtain a residence permit on the basis of the previous sections, we could consider submitting a request for regularization of residence for exceptional or medical circumstances. ​ 1. EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES (9 bis ) In principle, any application for a residence permit for more than three years is made abroad to the Belgian diplomatic post in the country of origin. Nevertheless, when you have a precarious or illegal stay and are unable to go to your country of origin to apply for residence on Belgian territory, you can submit a request for regularization and claim circumstances exceptional to justify an impossible return to your country of origin. If necessary, such a request for authorization must be submitted to the municipal administration of the Belgian municipality where you live. ​ The exceptional nature of the circumstances invoked will be examined by the competent authority. ​ 2. MEDICAL REGULARIZATION (9 ter) It is also possible to start the medical regularization procedure which aims to authorize the stay of foreigners who, by the severity of their illness, would involve unacceptable humanitarian consequences, that is to say if the illness is of such a nature that it entails a real risk to his life or physical integrity or a real risk of inhuman or degrading treatment when there is no adequate treatment in his country of origin or in the country where he is staying. The foreign national sends with the request all useful and recent information concerning his illness and the possibilities and accessibility of adequate treatment in his country of origin or in the country where he is staying.
  • WHAT IS A VISA?
    The visa is in the form of a sticker that the consulate inserts in the passport. It gives permission to reside in Belgium or to travel there for a specified period. The granting of the visa is the responsibility of the FPS Foreign Affairs. There are different types of visas. When you apply for a visa at the embassy or consulate, you will be told directly what type of visa you need.
  • HOW TO GET A SHORT-TERM VISA FOR BELGIUM?
    To come to Belgium as a foreigner, you must be able to produce specific identity and residence documents: otherwise, you will be refused access to Belgian territory. In general, for EU nationals, the identity card or a passport is sufficient. Foreigners who have another nationality may need a visa: A. SHORT TERM (WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO STAY FOR A MAXIMUM DURATION OF 90 DAYS IN BELGIUM). Examples: Family or friend visit Cultural or sporting event Business trip Short internship Transit through the Schengen territory Medical treatment B. SHORT TERM BUT ANTICIPATING AN EXTENDED STAY IN BELGIUM. Examples: A marriage or cohabitation visa with a Belgian or non-European Union citizen Entry visa for family members of Union citizens - Directive 2004/38/EC
  • WHAT IS A LONG TERM VISA IN BELGIUM?
    A long-term visa allows you to stay in Belgium for more than 90 days. Examples of long-term visas: Family reunification Single permit Professional card Studies Entrance exam Internship in a company or at the European Union Au pair Please note: To be able to reside in Belgium after your visa has expired, you will need another residence document. Here are the different ways to obtain a residence permit in Belgium: Study in Belgium Request a regularization of stay European citizens Family reunification Acquisition of nationality Single permit Professional card
  • HOW TO APPLY FOR A VISA FOR BELGIUM?
    The visa must be requested at the Belgian embassy or consulate of the country where you live. If there is no Belgian embassy or consulate in the country where you live, you must contact the Belgian embassy responsible for your country. This is usually located in one of the neighboring countries. The visa application process can in some cases take a long time. Therefore, submit your application at least four weeks before your departure. On the FPS Foreign Affairs website, you will find all the information you need to obtain a visa for Belgium. You can also request information from the Belgian embassy or local Belgian consulate.
  • WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU TRAVEL REGULARLY IN BELGIUM?
    If you travel regularly to Belgium, you must count the number of days already spent in the Schengen area during the 180-day period preceding each day of this new stay. To help you calculate the number of days of stay still allowed, use the electronic calculator. Enter your data by following these instructions: The date of entry is considered the first day of stay in the Schengen area; The date of departure is considered the last day of stay; Periods of stay authorized under cover of a residence permit or a long-stay visa (D visa) are not taken into account for the calculation of the duration of stay in the Schengen area. Note that the result obtained is not legally binding.
  • WHAT ARE THE RIGHTS OF EUROPEANS IN BELGIUM?
    Article 45 of the TFEU establishes the free movement of European nationals as a fundamental right. As a European, you therefore have rights to assert, in particular freedom: To look for a job in another EU country; To work without the need for a work permit; To live there for this purpose; To stay there even after having held this job; To benefit from the same treatment as the citizens of this country with regard to access to employment, working conditions and any other social or fiscal advantage. 1. WHO IS CONCERNED ? Job seekers, i.e. EU citizens moving to another European country in order to find a job there (under certain conditions) EU citizens working in another EU country EU citizens returning to live in their home country after working abroad The family members of these people 2. WITHIN WHAT LIMITS? The rights explained here apply to people who exercise their right to free movement for professional purposes. Limits exist for reasons of public security, public order, public health and with regard to employment in the public sector. Croatian nationals may be subject to temporary restrictions. In all these respects, we can help you assert your rights!
  • HOW TO REACH YOUR FAMILY IN BELGIUM?
    Do you want to obtain a stay in Belgium on the basis of family reunification? We can advise you! Where is the request made? In the country of residence: In principle, the application for family reunification is made from the country of residence to the Belgian embassy. In Belgium: You can only apply to stay in Belgium if you are in one of the following situations: You are already staying in Belgium temporarily (A or H card) and you meet all the conditions for family reunification; You are exempt from a visa for a short stay in the Schengen area and you meet all the conditions for family reunification You have received a visa with a view to getting married or with a view to declaring a legal cohabitation in Belgium, which you did before the expiry of your visa; You have exceptional circumstances to claim that prevent you from returning to your country to apply for a visa for family reunification
  • WHY & HOW TO ACQUIRE BELGIAN NATIONALITY?
    As a foreigner who has been established in Belgium for several years, you will have all the advantages linked to Belgian nationality by benefiting from the status of Belgian citizen and the rights relating thereto. Such a request is complex and requires the use of legal aid. Indeed the regulations were deeply modified in 2013. As a minor, you can acquire Belgian nationality by automatic attribution of nationality (adoption, birth in Belgium, etc.). If you are of age, you can acquire nationality by declaration or possibly by the exceptional naturalization procedure. In all cases, prior to acquiring nationality, the person concerned must legally reside in Belgium with a residence permit taken into consideration by the Belgian Nationality Code.
  • WHAT ARE BELGIUM'S STRENGTHS?
    Belgium is a large but small country with many roots, cultures, and ways of life. Characterized by these 3 official languages, 3 regions, 3 communities and 3 colours, Belgium has a population of 11.4 million. Its beautiful capital, Brussels, is the heart of this country but also the capital of Europe, which makes Brussels the cradle of the European economy. A crossroads of international trade, Belgium has several ports and airports known as the port of Antwerp, the 2nd largest port in Europe. Rich in history and strong in security, Belgium has a very good health care system and a good flow of money. Belgium is a country that fully understands the needs of its population and provides them with all the necessary aid.

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