Seasonal worker

This authorisation must be requested to employ a worker linked to an employer through an employment contract for seasonal activities in the sectors of agriculture, horticulture or hospitality. 

The permit is issued for a maximum period of 5 months for each 12 month period and can be renewed. 

The type B permit is only a work permit. 

The type B permit is issued for workers who come to work in Belgium on a contract of less than 90 days. 

It is also issued for some categories of workers, even if they come to work for more than 90 days: 

  1. Cross-border workers 

  1. Workers who are resident at the hotel 

  

The fixed-term single permit is a work permit AND a residence permit. 

The single permit is issued to workers who come to work for more than 90 days (except for the specific cases below). 

Seconded worker or not?

The seasonal worker can not be a seconded worker.

If you want to employ a seasonal worker for a maximum of 90 days: request a type B permit

Where is the application submitted? 

For the type B permit, you must still make the application using the paper form (2021). Click here to access the application form.  

The form and its supporting documents must be sent 

Public Service of Wallonia, Directorate of Employment and Work Permits 

Place de la Wallonie, 1 

5100 Jambes 

 

How long does it take to process my file?  

The application is processed within a maximum period of 90 days. If the worker has been employed as a seasonal worker in the five previous years, the processing time is 60 days. 

In the case of a renewal, this time falls to 30 days. 

 

What documents are required?  

 

First application 

Renewal application 

Type B permit application form 

Yes 

Yes 

A copy of a valid passport for the worker 

Yes 

Yes 

A copy of the worker’s Belgian residence document

Yes, if existing 

No 

A copy of the applicant's identity card (employer or representative) 

Yes 

Yes 

A copy of the worker's Belgian or foreign employment contract 

Yes 

(1) 

A copy of the proof of access to the regulated profession 

Yes if employment requested in a regulated profession 

No 

Copies of payslips or the individual remuneration statement 

No 

Yes 

 

(1): Yes, if the document sent for the first application does not cover the renewal period for which you are applying 

If you want to employ a seasonal worker for more than 90 days: apply for a single permit

Where is the application submitted? 

For the single permit, the application must be entered online and the supporting documents submitted on the Working in Belgium federal portal. 

Take care to select the "seasonal worker" criteria on the application (Article 19-25 of the Walloon Government Decree of 16 May 2019) and to prepare the corresponding documents indicated in the tables below in advance. 

 

How long does it take to process my file?  

The application is processed within a maximum period of 90 days. If the worker has been employed as a seasonal worker in the five previous years, the processing time is 60 days. 

In the case of a renewal, this time falls to 30 days.

  

Documents required for the residence section  

 

First application 

Renewal application 

Payment of the fee 

Yes 

No 

Extract of the worker's criminal record 

Yes 

No 

Copy of a medical certificate dated within 3 months 

Yes 

No 

Proof of health insurance 

Yes 

Yes 

Proof of accommodation ensuring decent living conditions in accordance with the legislation on housing 

Yes 

Yes 

You can find the information and document templates by clicking here.

(1) for the single permit application, the form must be completed and signed electronically online by the applicant (the employer or their representative). No scanned application document is to be attached. The signature of the electronic form isn’t needed for the worker/intern/volunteer/.... He gives his consent by signing the contract/letter of secondment/training agreement/volunteer agreement/..

Documents required for the work section 

 

First application 

Renewal application 

Single permit application form 

Yes (1) 

Yes (1) 

A copy of a valid passport for the worker 

Yes 

Yes 

A copy of the worker’s Belgian residence document

Yes, if existing 

No 

A copy of the applicant's identity card (employer or representative) 

Yes 

Yes 

A copy of the worker's Belgian employment contract 

Yes 

(2) 

A copy of the proof of access to the regulated profession 

Yes if employment requested in a regulated profession 

No 

Copies of payslips or the individual remuneration statement 

No 

Yes 

(1) : for the single permit application, the form must be completed and signed electronically online by the applicant (the employer or their representative). No scanned application document is to be attached. The signature of the electronic form isn’t needed for the worker/intern/volunteer/.... He gives his consent by signing the contract/letter of secondment/training agreement/volunteer agreement/..

(2): Yes, if the document sent for the first application does not cover the renewal period for which you are applying 

 

Other procedures to be completed

Foreign workers employed on a Belgian employment contract must be subject to a DIMONA declaration. Click here for more information on the DIMONA.  

Foreign workers who continue to be employed by a foreign employer and are temporarily seconded to Belgium must be subject to a LIMOSA declaration. Click here for more information on the LIMOSA.