Work permit

Students from a non-EEA country?
If you belong to this category of students, you will need a permission to work in Belgium. Previously, this permission was known as a ‘work permit type C’.
Currently, it is not necessary to request this work permit type C anymore.

If you have a legal residence in Belgium and you want to work as a student, having an electronic residence permit  card is sufficient. The permission to work in Belgium is immediately granted by the ‘Dienst Vreemdelingenzaken’ (Immigration Office). The residence permits issued for non-EEA students will therefore contain information about the eligibility to work in Belgium at the back of the card.

  • The Immigration Office will check whether you are eligible to work in Belgium from the moment you apply for your Belgian residence permit. It is not necessary to request a separate work permit.
  • Once you have a Belgian residence permit with the permission to work in Belgium, you can work for different employers in Belgium during the academic year.

In case you received an annex 15 from the city hall while waiting for your actual residence permit card, you can also use this document to work in Belgium.

As a non-EEA citizen, you cannot work more than 20 hours per week during the academic year. During official holiday periods (i.e. winter, spring or summer holidays), this limitation does not apply, therefore, you can work more than 20 hours per week.

If you arrive in Belgium during the summer before the start of the academic year in which you will start your studies, you are not allowed to work during this time.

More information