On January 1, 2017, the minimum base salary for several work permit categories will increase in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia.
The minimum base salary for highly-skilled foreign workers applying for Type "B" work permits will increase to EUR 40,124 annually, up from EUR 39,824.
The minimum base salary for senior management and executives will increase to EUR 66,942, up from EUR 66,442.
The minimum base salary for EU Blue Card holders will increase to EUR 51,882, up from EUR 51,484.
Once the new salary requirements take effect, new work permit and EU Blue Card applications and renewal applications that fail to meet the new minimums will be rejected. Foreign nationals applying for work permits as trainees and specialised technicians are exempt from these minimum salary requirements.
Applications pending on or after January 1, 2017 will not be processed unless clear evidence is provided that the applicant will meet the updated salary threshold.
What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals
Employers should consult with their immigration professional about the new minimum salary requirements prior to filing new or renewal applications for Type "B" work permits or EU Blue Cards, and about notifying the authorities of compliance with the threshold for pending applications after January 1.