Moving to Belgium

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Basic information Belgium

If you are moving to Belgium, it might be useful to know the basic information about the country, which can be found below:

  • Official name: the Kingdom of Belgium
  • Population: 11,198,638 (2014)
  • Capital City: Brussel
  • Government: Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy
    • King: Philippe of Belgium
    • Prime minister: Charles Michel
  • Main language: Dutch
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Monetary unit: Euros €
  • International dialing code: +32

Are you moving to Belgium? Start by checking out the information below, and filling in the form in order to receive the best  removal quotes from international removal companies.

 

Education

The education system in Belgium offers state schools which can be subsidized and independent. Religion plays a role in choosing a school in Belgium, as there are schools which provide students with Catholic, Protestant or Jewish or Islamic studies. Children from the age of 6 to 18 years old are obliged to go to school. However there is a possibility for children from the age of 16 to study part time. The education is cost free through the secondary level. Children will go through the following educational levels:

  • Kindergarten (From the age 5 to 6)
  • Primary school (takes 6 years)
  • Secondary school (takes approximately 6 years)
  • Higher education

 

Just like other countries, Belgium also has private schools. However if you are moving to Belgium and your children need schooling, it is important to apply for schools in time in order to avoid any delay.

 

Jobs

The unemployment rate of Belgium is 8.5% as per January 2015. If you are moving  to Belgium because of your work, then keep in mind that you will need to apply for a visa and a work permit. Moreover you will need to have a valid passport issued by your country of origin. If you are moving to Belgium and plan to stay up to 3 months, then you need to register at the municipal authorities responsible for your place of residence within 3 days of your arrival. However if you are moving to Belgium and stay longer than 3 months, you will have to go to the municipal authorities for a residence permit. Depending on where you come from, check what requirements and what the procedures are for a work permit, because upon your arrival at Belgium, you will need to arrange everything as soon as possible. If you move to Belgium because of work, it is advisable that you discuss this with your employer.

For more information about work permits, click on the website below:

http://www.belgium.be/en/work/coming_to_work_in_belgium/necessary_formalities/

Bank Accounts

If you are moving to Belgium, then you might need to open a bank account.The biggest banks in Belgium are namely:

  • ING
  • BNP Paribas
  • Fortis
  • KBC

It is necessary to have a passport or a Belgian ID card as proof of identity. Belgian banks offer online banking, which comes really handy. Note that you cannot pin at all shops and restaurants, make sure to always have some cash if you want to purchase something. In the bigger cities, you can pin and use credit cards. Some banks offer special services to expats.

Visas

When moving to Belgium, the same visa requirements apply like the rest of the European countries. You will need to apply for a visa at a Belgian embassy or consulate which is competent for your country of residence. If you are staying at Belgium for less than 90 days, then you can apply for a short stay visa if your matter is as followed:

  • Tourist visits
  • Visits to family or friends
  • Cultural or sports manifestations
  • Business trips
  • Short traineeships
  • Transit through the Schengen area

If you are moving to Belgium from one of the EU countries, then you do not need a visa. For a long stay visa (longer than 90 days), then you will need to be lodged at the relevant Belgian embassy or consulate. If there is no Belgian consulate or embassy available in your county, then you will have to apply for a visa in your neighboring countries.

If you are moving to Belgium and need a visa, click on the website below:

http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services/travel_to_belgium/visa_for_belgium/

 

Cost of living

The cost of living might be very important if you are moving to Belgium. Depending if you are going to live in the bigger cities or smaller cities the cost of living varies. Brussel is one of the 50 most expensive cities to live in. However compared to London, Paris and Stockholm, it is on average cheaper to live in Brussel then the other countries. It might be more expensive to live in Belgium, depending on how strong your home currency is. Belgium however has one of the highest utility costs.

Medical care

If you are going to work and live in Belgium, then you will be covered by the Belgian health care system. If you are moving to Belgium for a long term, then an insurance is mandatory. The Belgian system can be divided into private and public sectors. Many citizens choose to get a private insurance so if there are any medical costs, then most of the costs will be refunded. Most dentists work privately and doctors work privately and publicly.

Driving license

If you are moving to Belgium and you want to drive a car, then you will need to be at least 18 years or older. If you want to obtain a Belgian license, then you will need to pass the following pass a theory examination and a practical examination and prove that you they have not been banned from driving. And declaration that you do not have any physical disabilities (medical examination might be compulsory). The theory examination can be taken from the age of 17 years old and the practical exam must be taken from 18 years or older. The tests can only be taken in official centers, which are either in Dutch or French.

You can apply for an international driving license at a town hall in your city and is up to 3 years valid. For people holding an EU or EEA license, an international license is not necessary if you want to drive in Belgium.

 

Tax

If you are moving to Belgium, then you might want to know about the tax system. Standard VAT is 21% and basic goods are 6%, while when you eat in a restaurant it will have 12% VAT included (which is for the service and the food). Depending on the income that you will earn, the more you earn the more tax you will need to pay in Belgium. Part of the tax that you pay will be contributed to the health care. The income tax will be assessed once per year on the basis of your tax return.

 

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  • Other services provided are insurance and help in the handling of documents

With Moovmii your international move to Belgium starts in the right way: You will get up to 5 quotes, and be contacted by the best movers around. All without having to spend time, and money. Thanks to Moovmii and its network of international removal companies you can be assured that your international transport will start, and end, with a smile. Moving to Belgium could not be any easier!