Consequences of Brexit

As from 1 January 2021, the relationship between Belgium and the United Kingdom has changed. Brexit has an impact on the employment of UK nationals in Belgium and the services VDAB offers them.

What does Brexit mean?

The United Kingdom (UK) officially left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020. The Withdrawal Agreement provided for a transition period until 31 December 2020. As from 1 January 2021, this transition period ended and the relationship between our country and the UK has changed dramatically.

Consequences for British job-seekers in Belgium

If you fall within the scope of the Withdrawal Agreement (for example if you had a valid residence permit in Belgium before 1 January 2020), you can apply for a new residence status. Once your documents are in order, you can register with us as a job-seeker and benefit from our services.

If you do not fall within the scope of the Withdrawal Agreement, you will be considered a national of a country that does not belong to the EU and the EEA and different rules will apply to you.

Would you like more information? Call 0800 30 700 free of charge. Keep your documents at hand!

Consequences for employers recruiting British job-seekers

UK nationals coming to Belgium to work as from 1 January 2021 are considered to be nationals of a non-EU and non-EEA country. This has implications for the recruitment of British job-seekers. If you want to recruit a British job-seeker, you will need to apply for and obtain a single permit.

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