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    Work in Belgium: The international students studying abroad in Belgium are to experience the diversity of culture and a globalized learning environment. The inventor of the World Wide Web aka www hypertext is Belgian informatics engineer Robert Cailliau. Belgium’s education system is all about innovation and modern teaching methodologies. Buildings in Belgium represent renaissance architecture, people are bilingual speaking, the country holds a rich historical ambiance and its headquarters of NATO and the European Union. There are three official languages of Belgium namely French, Dutch and German and people also speak English fluently. For doing a part-time job in Belgium there will be no language barrier and in fact, you will learn rudiments other languages.

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    In Belgium, students can do part-time jobs by attaining work permit C which allows them to work anywhere in Belgium like any other native employee. (Read Average Living Cost Belgium)

    The procedure of attaining work permits C for part-time jobs in Belgium

    The holder of a resident permit of Belgium will submit his/her work permit C application at the Department of Economic Migration in the province of their residence. The application will be analyzed by the migrant labor department, if the applicant meets the merit his application will be approved and if he does not meet the merit his application will be refused. The application meeting with refusal decision can be appealed for consideration and for eliminating the objections that are subject to the refusal. Work permit C has a validity of a year; the students can renew it for another next year according to their study program duration.

    Documents Required for Work Permit C Application

    -Completed works permit C application form signed by the applicant (student enrolled in a Belgian University, refugee, and victim of human trafficking).
    -Completed information sheet signed by the Mayor of the place where you reside in Belgium (confirming that the information provided by the applicant is similar to information registered at the municipal office)
    -Copy of current resident permit of the applicant
    -Residence history of the applicant (the municipal administration will issue this document)

    Post Graduation Work Opportunities in Belgium for International Students 2021
    Belgium allows international students to extend their student visa up to 12 months duration for job searching after completion of the study program. In this duration, students can work part-time and support their expenditure as well as search for employment according to their qualifications. After gaining an employment contract, you can apply for a resident permit in Belgium. There are three types of residence permits in Belgium that include:

    -Electronic residence card type B
    -Electronic residence card type C
    -Electronic residence card type D

    You can apply for any one of the resident cards that suits your qualification, professional skills, and employment contract. The rights of the permanent resident holders are similar to native employees. You will have sick leaves, paid holidays, and protection against unlawful and unannounced dismissal from a job. You can apply for a residence permit after residing in Belgium for one year if you have not been absent from the country for this duration.

    Jobs in Belgium

    The job market in Belgium is competitive and language skills are in high demand. Multilingual foreign workers or those that can speak at least one of the country’s official languages, stand more chance of gaining employment. 

    Service and high-tech industries are typically located in the Flanders region in the north, while coal and steel manufacturing is concentrated in the south.

    The majority of Belgians work in the service sector in the banking, law, media, retail, tourism and transport industries. A limited number of jobs are available in the industry.

    How to get a job in Belgium

    The application process in Belgium is similar to that in the UK: an application form, a two-page CV and cover letter (in the relevant language), plus references. This is followed by an interview.

    It’s essential that you write your application in the right language, Dutch, French or German – this depends on where you choose to live and work. Some organizations may accept applications written in English but check with them before you apply.

    It’s advisable to apply for jobs from your home country, especially if you’re a non-EU citizen. However, if you’re currently living in Belgium, you can sign up to recruitment agencies such as Adecco, Randstad, and Michael Page; there are also sector-specialist agencies, a list of which can be found at Golden Pages Belgium.

    Each of Belgium’s four regions has its own public employment office. You can receive professional careers advice, and search for jobs and training courses at Actiris (Brussels), VDAB (Flanders), Le Forem (Walloon) and ADG (German community).

    Lots of international organizations operate in Belgium so another possibility is to get a job in one of these organizations in your home country and then transfer to offices in Belgium.


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