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Tolga Kaya

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Hi Mr Lommers,
I am a non-EU person from abroad. I have applied for a job in Belgium. IF all my qualifications are preferrable for the company it is posible to get work permit sponsorship by the company. As I know there should be evidence provided by the company that they can not find related person in Belgium and EU. What kşnd of evidence is satisfied by the goverment? I have master degree education (Finance) in that field and sector specific experience.

by Tolga Kaya on 23 Jul 2010
Matthias Lommers

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Dear Tolga,

It is correct that a Belgian work permit is basically only issued to employees who fill in a position for which there is no labor force available on the local labor market.

An exemption to this labor market test is created for highly qualified employees. These employees must earn a yearly gross salary of at least 36.355 Euro (indexed on a yearly basis) and must hold at least a bachelor degree or equivalent.

Therefore, if the job you have applied for is sufficiently paid, your employer will be able to apply for a work permit for you as a highly qualified employee, and a labor market test will not be required.

Best regards,

Matthias Lommers

by Matthias Lommers on 27 Jul 2010

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