Beginning Tuesday, 01 October 2019 18:00
End Tuesday, 01 October 2019 20:30
Location Boulevard Bischoffsheim 11, 1000, Brussels, Belgium
Event fees British Chamber members: €0.00 (incl. VAT)
Non-members: €0.00 (incl. VAT)

Whether UK nationals will require authorisation to work and reside in Belgium as third country nationals, and as of when, is not yet clear. In addition, new business immigration rules for all third country nationals came into force in Belgium in December.

During this session, Sophie Maes, Attorney-Partner at Claeys & Engels, will discuss and share her first-hand practical experiences after more than half a year of new business immigration rules as well as the Brexit no-deal contingency rules so companies can prepare.

From now on, a single application procedure for obtaining a single permit to work and reside in Belgium for a period longer than 90 days applies throughout the country. Even so, according to the rules, it may take up to 4.5 months for the application process to be completed so employers need to align their internal processes and timelines accordingly.

Further, some third country nationals now have a note on their residence permit allowing them to work in Belgium within or without certain limits (such as students, family members of some employees, third country nationals with permanent residence etc). In the latter cases, no work authorization needs to be applied for but employers have some checks to make.

Belgium is also preparing some immigration contingency rules for UK nationals in the event of a Brexit no-deal.

Therefore, it is essential that third country nationals, UK nationals and their employers are aware of rule changes and prepared for the future.


A Tax, Finance & Legal Programme Event

Why should you attend?

  • Obtain exclusive insight on new business immigration procedures
  • Gather invaluable information to prepare for labour procedures changes
  • Network with peers and exchange ideas
  • Contribute to the chamber's agenda


Partner - Member of the Bar | Claeys & Engels

Sophie Maes is a partner at Claeys & Engels, the Belgian member of Ius Laboris. Sophie advises national and international clients on various aspects of international employment (including immigration of employees), labour law and social security law. She has a particular interest in the position of expatriates, temporary staff, global mobility issues, labor and employment law, transfer of undertakings and company restructurings. Sophie is also co-chair of the Global Mobility team within Ius Laboris and works closely with other members of Ius Laboris on transnational employment projects and queries. Sophie has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 1998. She graduated from the University of Leuven (K.U.L Leuven) in 1997, having studied in Leuven and at the University of Rouen (France). She obtained a special degree in labour law from the University of Brussels (ULB) in 1998.

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