December 7, 2011

The Belgian Ministry of Labor recently announced that it will require all Type “B” work permit applications meet or exceed the new 2012 minimum salary levels.

What are Type “B” Work Permits?

Type “B” work permits are for nationals of non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries who are either highly-skilled workers or who are posted to senior-management/executive level positions in Belgium.  Type “B” permits are typically valid for one year and are limited to a single company sponsor.  Work permit applications are adjudicated by the regional Ministry of Labor having jurisdiction over the intended place of work.

What’s Changed?

Effective January 1, 2012, Belgian companies submitting new and renewal Type “B” applications must confirm that non-EEA workers will be paid at least the equivalent of the following:

  • Highly-skilled foreign workers must earn a minimum, annual base salary of at least €37,721 (approx. US$50,487).  The current minimum is €36,604 (approx. US$48,992).
  • Senior management and executive-level positions must earn at least a minimum base salary €62,934 (approx. US$84,234).  The current minimum is €61,071 (approx. US$81,740).

ACTION ITEMS FOR EMPLOYERS

Employers should review the new minimum salary requirements with their immigration service provider prior to filing a new or renewal Type “B” work permit application.

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