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Work permit

The requirement to hold a work permit depends
on your status and nationality.

Nationals from the European Economic Area1

and Switzerland (30 countries)

Researchers from EEA do not need a work permit thanks
to the EU free movement of workers rule.
ID card or passport is enough.

However, nationals from Romania and Bulgaria are not yet fully covered by this rule and still need a work permit during the transition period.

It is the employer/host institution's responsibility to apply for this work permit at the regional employment services in Belgium and to send it to the researcher.

Nationals from outside the European Economic Area

Foreign fellowship holders (PhD and post docs) from outside EEA do not require a work permit to carry out research activities in Belgium.

Besides, thanks to a new Directive, a work permit is neither required for non-EEA researchers under employment contract who have signed a hosting agreement with an approved research institute (cf. scientific visa procedure).


If you need further information on this matter, don't hesitate to contact the nearest EURAXESS Service Centre.



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Last update: 16 December 2013 @ 08:39