On October 1, 2020, foreign nationals are expected to be able to apply for the EU Intracompany Transferee (ICT) Permit in Belgium. Belgium has also implemented immigration restrictions regarding in-country applications for a single permit and the right to unlimited residency.
This new Belgian permit is related to a 2014 EU Directive aimed at harmonizing immigration rules for ICTs and introducing intra-EU mobility rights. The permit was expected to become available in 2019 but was delayed due to the formation of a new federal government.
Once implemented in Belgium, the EU ICT permit will be available in all EU Member States (except Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom).
The actual issuance of the EU ICT permit is subject to further legislation, which delays the main benefit of this permit (holders being able to work in other EU Member States, provided certain conditions are met).
Beyond that, several other immigration changes are expected in Belgium, including the implementation of the European Directive on Students, Trainees and Researchers. At the same time, regional authorities in Belgium will continue to shape their policies to take into account local labor market needs and other local policy priorities. In addition, the Single Electronic Platform for electronic immigration filings should become available in the beginning of 2021.
Employers should also take into account Belgium’s implementation of the revised Posted Worker Directive, which might lead to more scrutiny by the authorities in immigration filings for posted workers.
This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the immigration professional with whom you work at VISA LOUNGE Global Immigration.