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Belgium – Pragmatic solutions in Flanders to avoid an employment gap

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The lengthy processing times for Single Permit applications for employees who are not European Economic Area or Swiss nationals are causing a great deal of inconvenience.

As a result, in the event of a renewal, the end date of the expiring work permit does not necessarily match the start date of the yet-to-be-obtained Single Permit. The Flemish Service for Economic Migration has offered a solution to remedy this. From 17 June 2019, the Service automatically issues, under certain conditions, a temporary work authorisation and work permit based on which the foreign employee can continue to work pending the final decision regarding the Single Permit for up to 90 days, provided that the employee still has a valid residence permit for this period.

Sophie Maes
Partner - Belgium
Claeys & Engels