Work permit exemption for students


The Belgian Council of Ministers has proposed a draft Royal Decree to implement a new work permit exemption for students following an internship in Belgium.

In case this draft Royal Decree is accepted non-EEA students will be exempted from the obligation to hold a valid work permit to follow an internship in Belgium within the framework of their studies at an institution of education in Belgium, Switzerland or another country of the European Economic Area.

Example: An American student following a master’s in engineering at a university in Switzerland must follow an internship as part of their course. The student would like to do an internship in Belgium and thanks to the new rules, they could follow this internship without the need for a work permit.

PLEASE NOTE: The draft Royal Decree has not yet been approved.