You can apply to stay and work in Belgium as seasonal worker if your Belgian employer can prove that no qualified seasonal workers could be found on the labour market within a reasonable period of time. Wallonia does not apply a labour market test for seasonal workers.
You need to engage in seasonal activities in the:
- agricultural sector (in any region); or
- horticultural sector (only in Flanders and Wallonia); or
- catering sector (only in Flanders, Wallonia and the German-speaking Community).
If you fulfil the conditions, you will be issued a seasonal worker permit and a long stay visa type D.
Change of employment
The seasonal worker permit is granted for work with a specific employer. If you want to change jobs, your future employer must apply for a new permit.
If you or your employer do not respect the conditions related to your authorisation to work, your seasonal worker permit can be withdrawn.
Change of status
If your personal situation or purpose of stay changes during your legal stay in Belgium, you can apply for most other statuses.
Your family members have a right to stay in Belgium if they meet the conditions for family reunification.
You can apply for EU long-term resident status after 5 years of uninterrupted legal stay in Belgium, provided you have sufficient, regular and stable means of subsistence and health insurance.
Stays for reasons of temporary nature (for instance as seasonal worker) are not taken into account.
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