Category Archives: tax & legal

COVID-19 and the Special Tax Regime for Expats?

Consequences of working at home during COVID-19 crisis

During the past months, the COVID19-crisis has reduced significantly professional travel. Homework and video & teleconferencing has become the norm. For employees not having been granted the “expat status”, but normally frequently travelling for business purposes, COVID19 could cause unpleasant tax surprises.

Continue reading >>

Brexit Update: your rights as a UK citizen in Belgium

what changes on 1 January 2021

On 31st January 2020, the United Kingdom left the European Union. A transition period followed, lasting until 31st December 2020 during which time, freedom of movement continued to apply. This transition period ends on 1st January 2021, which means you will have to apply for a new status as a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement.

Brexit your rights as an EU citizen

Continue reading >>

Single Permit Renewal Process

work rights assured

A little over a year ago Belgium implemented the EU Single Permit Directive for non-EU citizens seeking to work in Belgium for more than 90 days. The Single Permit, combining both work and residence authorization into one document issued through a single application procedure, represented an important step forward. However, substantial challenges continued to be faced by the business community due to lengthy procedures and lack of legal certainty.

Continue reading >>

Employers: Preparing for Brexit

which scenario, when and how

We’d hoped January’s Brexit vote would finally deliver some clarity, but alas, nothing has changed. We find ourselves no closer to an answer than when ‘the people spoke’ back in the 2016 referendum. What is clear however, is that we need to prepare as best we can. As the withdrawal date of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU) is approaching, many companies are becoming increasingly worried about the impact this will have on their workforce and business in general.

Continue reading >>

Single Permit Update

Flanders introduces new policies on employment of foreign nationals

As a result of the 6th state reform in 2014, the legislative competence as regards the employment of foreigners has been transferred to the regional level. The regions have been empowered to develop their own policies on the employment of foreign workers in function of the specific needs of their labour market. Flanders is first amongst the three regions to introduce new policies in this area. Brussels might follow the example in the next legislature while the Walloon region seems not to prioritize this policy area. Fragomen met with the cabinet of Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister of Work, Economy, Innovation and Sports, this October and reports back on this topic.

Continue reading >>

The Basic Principles of Exchanging your Driving License

the basic principles of European and non-European driving licenses explained

As a resident of Belgium you are legally required to exchange your national driving license for a Belgian one.  The exchange process can however be more complex than we would like it to be.  Much depends on the license you hold and which country you obtained it from.  We bring you a practical overview of what’s what, and what you can do to help speed up your exchange process.

hints & tips driving license exchange

Continue reading >>

Driving License Exchange

relocation committee update

Much to the frustration of expats and relocation agents alike, there is a lot of discussion around the process of exchanging a foreign driving license for a Belgian one. How long should it take? What are the legal requirements? And what can the expat do whilst awaiting their new license? With conflicting reports and advice coming from the various municipalities or communes, our board has been actively trying to seek some clarity on what should be a straight-forward process. We looked at the different types of licenses and spoke with Eric Klitsch of Brussels Relocation and Koen Reekmans of Altair Global for an update on their efforts to ease the process.

driving license exchange process

Continue reading >>