BELGIUM – 2019 Minimum Salary Increases for Work Permits

By Peregrine

Minimum salary requirements for Type B work permits and Blue Cards will increase from 1 January 2019.

Minimum Salary Thresholds

The Belgian government annually increases its minimum salary requirements for foreign nationals in line with inflation. The new salary thresholds effective 1 January 2019 will be as follows:

  • For highly qualified workers applying for Type B work permits: EUR 41,739 (up from EUR 40,972 in 2018);
  • For senior management and executive-level foreign nationals applying for Type B work permits, or work permit exemptions: EUR 69,637 (up from EUR 68,356 in 2018);
  • For Blue Cards: EUR 53,971 (up from EUR 52,978 in 2018).



  • The Ministries will only issue a fast track work permit B or Blue Card if it is clear that the employee’s salary will meet the threshold amount.
  • The Ministries will only take into account amounts that will definitely be paid in consideration for the employee’s work: a discretionary bonus cannot be taken into account when processing the work permit application; COLA (Cost of Living Allowances) as well as most other allowances are not taken into account either. Some benefits in kind can, up to a certain extent and if clearly mentioned and assessed/quantified in the employment contract/assignment letter, be taken into account.
  • Furthermore, correct salary payment will be crucial for a work permit renewal.


Action Items

  • Employers should review the salaries of any current and future foreign national employees sponsored for Type B work permits in Belgium.
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