Several changes took effect in Belgium. Many employees have seen their salaries increase as a result of indexation, while birth leave has now been extended to 20 days for fathers and co-parents. Get the lowdown on all the changes you need to know about for 2023 from the Expat Welcome Desk!
If you live in Brussels and want to have a family member move in with you, you may do so through the family reunification procedure. How do I apply for family reunification? What documents must be produced for the procedure? The Expat Welcome Desk has the answers!
Aimed at reducing the effects of the energy crisis on tenants, the governments of Belgium’s three regions have adopted new provisional decrees/orders that make the possibility of indexing rents conditional on the result of the building’s EPB (Energy Performance of Buildings) certificate. The EWD tells you all about it.
Embarking on an administrative process of some kind or obtaining a document from a public service can often take time. For this reason, various virtual service windows have now been introduced, including IRISbox, which enables you to undertake your administrative processes online.
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Belgian lawmakers now intend to promote the use of mediation services for resolving disputes involving an administrative department or a public or private sector organisation. The recommendation is to consult an ombudsman in the first instance.
In Belgium, it is not unusual to still hear landlords and tenants talk about 3-6-9 leases. However, this is in fact incorrect. When it comes to leases for principal places of residence (i.e. your home), lease periods of 9 years have become the norm, unless the lease is signed for a period of 3 years or less.
Holidays provide the ideal time for recharging your batteries and taking a well-deserved break. But to make sure your trip goes according to plan, you need to make sure that your travel documents are all current and up to date. The Expat Welcome Desk is your guide for a summer with total peace of mind.
During May, the Belgian tax authorities send out tax returns in brown envelopes to all taxpayers. Depending on your situation, you may have some questions about filling in the form! What does the tax return consist of? How should the boxes be completed? What documents do you need to collect? The Expat Welcome Desk explains it all.