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  • Updated procedures for foreign nationals applying for professional cards in 2022


The Flemish parliament will introduce new procedures for self-employed foreign nationals applying for new professional cards. These new measures will go into effect on January 1, 2022.

Under these measures:

  • Foreign nationals residing in Belgium will no longer be required to apply via an Embassy. Instead, foreign residents living in Belgium can use the Work and Social Economic (WSE) counter
  • Admissions requirements will be updated so that proposals will be reviewed differently based on the type of application (e.g., high-tech companies versus professional athletes)

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What are the Changes?

The government of Belgium has updated the process for self-employed foreign nationals applying for a new professional card, including digitizing the process for foreign citizens residing in the country.

Looking Ahead

The government of Belgium is expected to publish further guidance beginning January 1, 2022. Continue to check the government of Belgium’s website for additional updates and information.

Source: Flemish Government Website, Belgium

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