Belgium: New Procedure for Self-Employed Foreign Nationals

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points  

  • Updated procedures for foreign nationals applying for professional cards in 2022  


The Flemish parliament will introduce new procedures for self-employed foreign nationals applying for new professional cards. These new measures will go into effect on 1 Jan. 2022. 

Under these measures: 

  • Foreign nationals residing in Belgium will no longer be required to apply via an Embassy. Instead, foreign nationals residing in Belgium can apply through the Work and Social Economic (WSE) counter; 
  • Admissions requirements will be updated so that proposals will be reviewed differently based on the type of application (e.g., high-tech companies versus professional athletes) 

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What are the Changes? 

The government of Belgium has updated the process for self-employed foreign nationals applying for a new professional card, including digitizing the process for foreign nationals residing in the country.  

Looking Ahead  

The government of Belgium is expected to publish further guidance beginning 1 Jan. 2022. Continue to check the government of Belgium’s website and Envoy’s website for additional updates and information.  

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