How can I immigrate to Belgium

Live and work in Belgium

Over 2,000 Germans emigrate to neighboring Belgium every year. In the land of beer, french fries, comics and chocolate you will find the ideal livelihood: a friendly people who are only too happy to welcome new citizens in their midst, great diversity in a small country, proximity to the sea and a solid economy . Would you like to move to Belgium? Moving auction has put together the best tips about emigration for you.

Moving to Belgium: what you should know about entry

Since Belgium is a fully fledged EU member state, entry is very easy. You should know the following:

  • You don't need to apply for a visa.
  • You do not need a residence permit for a stay of three months.
  • For three months or more, you must apply for a (initially limited) residence permit at the consulate responsible for your place of residence in Belgium. As a rule, however, you can get this without any problems if you have a job in Belgium or sufficient assets to finance your living expenses.
  • As a pensioner, you have to prove that you have sufficient income and that you do not need any Belgian benefits (certificate of freedom of movement).

Organize your move to Belgium perfectly: the most important tips

Use the following tips to make your move to Belgium a smooth one:

  • Moving Company: Use a specialized, international freight forwarding company that has experience in moving to Belgium. She has contacts with the local authorities and can get inexpensive moving helpers for setting up the furniture on site.
  • Moving auction: With a removals auction, you can find the cheapest provider of removals to Belgium at the touch of a button.
  • Additional cargo: You save money by booking free-standing space in a partially full truck for the transport of your household items in the form of an additional load with forwarding agents.
  • Change of registration: You must re-register your place of residence immediately after you move, but no later than six months from the date of move. The municipal administration of the place of residence is responsible.
  • Vehicle: If you bring your vehicle to Belgium, you have to register it at the customs office and then register it at the vehicle registration office.
  • Pets: You need an EU pet passport for your pet, which provides information about the necessary rabies vaccination and the tattoo or chip of the animal.

Live and work in Belgium: have a good time

Starting work without bureaucracy:Much is the same in Belgium as it is in Germany - you can find a job either by applying for job offers from companies or by contacting the Belgian employment office:

  • VDAB for Flanders
  • ADG for the German-speaking community
  • Le FOREM for Wallonia
  • Actiris for Brussels

You can also have your school and apprenticeship qualifications recognized there. In Belgium, nurses, teachers, IT specialists, administrative clerks, tradespeople and employees in the catering industry are particularly in demand.

Self-employment is also possible without restrictions. In Belgium you can look forward to very good social security that comes very close to that of German social security. However, you have to be prepared for one thing: The statutory minimum vacation for employees is not only four days less than in Germany at 20 working days per year, but is only mandatory from the second year of employment.

Living in Belgium as a German - the most popular regions in the country: Where in Belgium you live best depends on your language skills. Only a very small proportion of Belgians (<1 percent) belong to the German community, which is concentrated in the east of the country, especially around Eupen. With a knowledge of French, you will live comfortably in Wallonia or in Brussels and as a Dutch expert you will move to Flanders or Brussels.

Cost of living in Belgium:If the cost of living is not the reason for moving out of Germany, Belgium is a good destination - it is on a similar level here as at home.