The KPMG International member firm in Belgium has received confirmation, informally, from the Belgian competent authorities that the first transitional period whereby Croatian nationals have been required to obtain a work permit to perform professional activities in Belgium will not be extended. This has not yet been announced officially. Essentially, Croatian nationals in Belgium for work purposes after 30 June 2015 or coming to work in Belgium after 30 June 2015, will not be required to apply for a work permit as from 1 July 2015.
The KPMG International member firm in Belgium has received confirmation, informally, from the Belgian competent authorities that the first transitional period whereby Croatian nationals have been required to obtain a work permit to perform professional activities in Belgium will not be extended.1 This has not yet been announced officially.
Croatian nationals in Belgium for work purposes after 30 June 2015 or coming to work in Belgium after 30 June 2015, will not be required to apply for a work permit as from 1 July 2015. However, they should check with the local authorities (Le service des étrangers) in Belgium with respect to obtaining appropriate residence permits.
On 1 July 2013, the Republic of Croatia joined the European Union (EU). The treaty of accession permits the existing EU member states to depart from normal EU provisions concerning free movement rights, and thereby they may apply transitional restrictions on Croatian nationals’ access to their labor markets.
While in principle EU nationals do not require a work permit to perform professional activities in Belgium, when Croatia joined the EU, Belgium exercised its right to impose a transitional period that restricted the right of Croatian nationals to work in Belgium during an initial period of two years, until 30 June 2015.
Croatian nationals therefore still required a Belgian work permit prior to starting their professional activities on Belgian territory until the end of this transitional period.
In principle, as from 1 July 2015, Croatian nationals are no longer required to apply for a Belgian work permit prior to the start of their professional activities on Belgian territory.
1 KPMG in Belgium learnt of this through a 29 May 2015 telephone conversation with an official in the Direction générale Office des étrangers.
For further information or assistance, please contact your local GMS or People Services practice professional* or one of the following professionals with the KPMG International member firm in Belgium:
tel.: +32 2 708 3846
tel.: +32 2 708 3622
* Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide immigration services.
The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Belgium.
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