• New Minimum Salary Requirements for Type “B” Work Permits Take Effect January 1
  • November 9, 2012
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Effective January 1, 2013, the minimum base salary for highly skilled foreign workers applying for Type “B” work permits will increase by approximately 2.5 percent to €38,665 from €37,721 per year. The minimum base salary for senior management and foreign nationals in executive-level positions will increase to €64,508 from €62,934 per year. Foreign nationals applying for work permits as trainees are exempt from minimum salary requirements.

    The Ministry of Employment and Labor reviews minimum salary requirements for Belgian work permits on an annual basis. The requirements are generally enforced by the regional employment authorities where a work permit application is filed. Once the new salary requirements take effect on January 1, 2013, new work permit applications and work permit renewal applications that fail to demonstrate that the new minimums will be met will be rejected.

    Employers should review the new minimum salary requirements with their immigration service providers prior to filing new or renewal applications for Type “B” work permits.