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Belgian nationality - work, student? part time?


Hello all, I've been in Belgium the last 2 years, and hoping I stay at least long enough to become a Belgian citizen. However, my workplace is incredibly toxic and I worry for my long term-mental health. I've been told as a non-resident if I move to a second job within Belgium, I'll be taxed as a resident (can someone confirm this?). I'm trying to see if I can reduce the time spent at work by either going part time combined with a part time masters, OR a PhD, OR just working part time at my job. Does anyone know how this affects the 5 social integration criteria or the economic participation criteria? thank you very much!


Also, are there any workplace HR audit companies I can contact? There is a history of sexism and misconduct at my workplace that has been reported to HR with no improvements. Wondering if once and for all a change can be made!

Jul 13, 2020 20:35

Err... If you are not taxed as a resident, there is very little chance that this time will count towards residency, and no chance that you'll ever qualify for Belgian nationality based on what tax you've paid (which is the simplest way of doing it)

You don't state your nationality of the sort of work permit you're on. Not good when you're asking work/nationality questions.

Jul 14, 2020 09:50

Ah, sorry. I'm on a permanent job contract, A permit, and I'm from the United States. Thanks!

Our tax consultants at work that after five years at work told us that if we choose to become a Belgian citizen we would then afterwards be taxed at the full Belgian rate, did I misunderstand?

Jul 14, 2020 10:17

Non-resident tax status is something that is applied for by your employer. You basically have no control over it at all.

If you no longer work for them, you will no longer be entitled to the non-resident tax status they have applied for you.

It is just about possible that you could find another employer in Belgium that could employ you on a non-resident tax status, however it is extremely unlikely.

Once you give up your job / or move to part time work, you may also have issues with your immigration status.

Jul 14, 2020 13:34

you will lose your special tax status upon changing jobs. Your years even with special tax status always count for Belgian nationality. No worries there. Once you gain Nationality, of course you lose your special tax status.

Jul 14, 2020 20:10