Coming2Belgium

In this section, you will find information regarding your rights to social security.

This information applies to you if:

  • you come to dwell in Belgium in order to work, live, study, enjoy your life as a pensioner, ...
  • you return to Belgium after having moved abroad to live, work, study, enjoy your life as a pensioner, ...
  • you are going to contribute to the Belgian social security

This information does not apply to you if:

  • you come to Belgium on holiday
  • you come to Belgium for a short stay
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Nationality

Certain international agreements may be applied differently according to your nationality.
Please select your nationality in the list. If it does not appear in the list, please select "Other".

Country of origin

This list only shows the countries Belgium has concluded an international agreement on social security with.
If the country of origin is not mentioned in this list, please select "Other" to obtain information.

Status

Please select a status in this list. You will obtain specific information with regard to this status. Please start a new search to obtain the information with regard to another status.

Employed person

A person employed under an employment contract in the service of an employer.

Civil service

A person working in a public service or persons treated as such.

Self-employed person

A natural person who practices a professional activity without being bound by an employment contract or having the status of civil servant.

Frontier worker (working in Belgium)
  • Employed person: a person employed in Belgium but residing in another country of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, to which he returns at least once a week.
  • Self-employed person: a person self-employed in Belgium but residing in another country of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, to which he returns at least once a week.
Frontier worker (residing in Belgium)
  • Employed person: a person employed in another country of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland but residing in Belgium, where he returns at least once a week.
  • Self-employed person: a person self-employed in another country of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland but residing in Belgium, where he returns at least once a week.
Seconded worker
  • Employed person: an employed person who usually works in Belgium and is temporarily working abroad for his employer's account.
  • Self-employed person: a self-employed person who usually works in Belgium and is temporarily working abroad for his own account.
  • Civil servant: a person who usually works for his administration in Belgium and is temporarily working abroad for his administration's account.
Unemployed person

A person receiving a Belgian unemployment benefit.

Pensioner
  • Employed person: a person who receives a legal retirement pension to which he is entitled on the basis of the social security contributions he has paid during his own professional career or a person who receives a survivor's pension on the basis of the professional career of a deceased spouse.
  • Self-employed person: a person who receives a legal retirement pension to which he is entitled on the basis of the social security contributions he has paid during his own professional career or a person who receives a survivor's pension on the basis of the professional career of deceased spouse.
  • Civil servant: a person who receives a legal retirement pension of the public sector or a person who receives a survivor's pension as rightful claimant of a civil servant after the decease of this civil servant.
Invalid
  • Employed person: an employed person who has been incapacitated for work for more than twelve months due to illness or due to an accident.
    (NB: occupational diseases and accidents at work are not included).
  • Self-employed person: a self-employed person who has been incapacitated for work for more than twelve months due to illness or due to an accident.
    (N.B. occupational diseases and accidents at work are not included).
Student

A person other than an employed or self-employed person or a member of his family or survivor who studies or receives vocational training leading to an officially recognised qualification.

Subject

Please select a social security benefit in this list.
You will obtain information with regard to this particular benefit.
Please start a new search to obtain the information with regard to another benefit.