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BELGIUM – 2015 Minimum Salary Increases for Type B Work Permits

The Belgian government has announced an increase in the minimum salary requirement for Type B work permits and Blue Cards from 1 January 2015.

In addition the Belgian region of Wallonia has adopted legislation confirming that discretionary bonuses cannot be taken into account when processing a work permit application.

Minimum Salary Thresholds

The minimum annual salary for highly skilled foreign nationals applying for Type B work permits will increase to €39,802EUR, from €39,422EUR.

The minimum annual salary for senior management and executive-level foreign nationals applying for Type B work permits will increase to €66,405EUR from €65,771EUR.

The minimum annual salary for Blue Card applicants will increase to €51,466EUR (depending on the region of Belgium) from €50,974EUR.

Background

The Belgian government annually increases its minimum salary requirements for foreign nationals in line with inflation. Work permits are processed by the Belgian Regions: Flanders, Brussels, and Wallonia.

Action Items

  • Review the salaries of current and future highly skilled, senior and executive employees sponsored for Type B work permits and Blue Cards in Belgium.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Praetica.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.