Belgian IT sector faces increased inspections of foreigners

21st March 2016, Comments 1 comment

Belgium's labour inspection arm is initiating new announced and unannounced inspections of companies with foreign nationals in IT positions.

The labour inspectorate has recently increased announced and unannounced inspections of Belgian companies that employ foreign nationals in information technology positions. The focus has been on companies who may have hired Indian nationals to replace local workers.

Employers, contractors and subcontractors should expect checks for the following information, among other documentation, during an inspection:

  • That foreign workers have proper immigration documentation;
  • That foreign workers are performing highly-skilled work as per their contract or assignment letter;
  • That foreign workers were not hired to replace a Belgian employee; and
  • That foreign workers’ salaries meet the minimum salary threshold and have been paid according to the law.

What this means for employers and foreign nationals

Employers and foreign workers should have all relevant immigration documentation on hand at their workplace to present to inspectors and should notify their immigration professional of an audit.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • Chalks posted:

    on 21st April 2016, 08:50:44 - Reply

    I know many companies to bring IT folks in from outside Belgium. Not because of a skill gap, but the inabiity to speak English gap. International projects run un Belgium sufer from the lack of working English and I have seen comapnies like Google and Apple speak to the Belgian government about this. Nothing has changed.