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BELGIUM: Future Legislation: New/Updated Work Permit Exemptions

The Belgian government approved a Royal Decree on July 17, 2013, modifying some work permit exemptions. The decree was published in the Belgian State Gazette on July 26, 2013, and took effect August 5, 2013.

The main changes include:

  • The work permit exemption for dependents of Belgian or EU/EEA (European Economic Area) citizens has been clarified. Previously, this exemption for dependents was linked to a family relationship to the Belgian or EU/EEA national. Under the new rules, the exemption for the dependent is directly linked to the residence document, issued to the dependent. The idea behind this change is that such direct link to the residence document will make it easier to verify whether an exemption applies. 
  • The same change applies to the family reunification work permit exemption for Bulgarian, Romanian, and Croatian citizens. The new rules refer to residence documents.
Previously, only students in Belgium could invoke a work permit exemption for a mandatory traineeship in Belgium. Under the new rules, students who study in the EEA or Switzerland and who come to Belgium for a mandatory traineeship may use this work permit exemption.

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