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Freelancing and domiciliation


I posted a general question about this a while ago but please forgive me for adding a more specific one. Does anyone know if a work contract with an organisation for freelancers such as Smartbe or Zenito is likely to be sufficient as proof of freelance status when registering at one's local commune?

Also, if it's not, as a UK citizen not currently in salaried employment (though I hope to be soon) am I likely to be prevented from registering or even not be granted permission to remain here once three months are up?


1. Ask Smart about your exact social status.
2. Ask your commune. They are likely to be able to dish out far better advice.
3. They have to let you register so you can pay taxes. Normally, that is quite an incentive.

Nov 4, 2015 00:45

No proof of employment, no chance of registering. Actually, if you can prove you have an "indepedant" income, then you can register. Like my mother who has been living in Belgium since god knows when, but has an EU pension.

As for leaving when "your" three months are up, I can't see why you need to leave. From what little I can remember from studying law for some 6 years, "freedom of movement" is one of the founding principles of the Union, along with movement of capital and some other stuff. As a UK citizen, you can stay here as long as you want, you just cannot claim social security income. If you can prove that you have paid income tax in Belgiumn then you are entitled to "chomage". And I think if you have lived here long enough (maybe 7 years plus?) then you can claim CPAS.

Personally, I've been living in Belgum Belgium on and off since 2006. I've never registered at a commune, and have never had a problem. Actually, I did register once, but only because I needed a numéro national to sit my motorbike test, but as I left the country shortly after, never actually got round to go and pick up my ID card.

Nov 4, 2015 12:29

Thanks to both....currently my situation doesn't fit into any of the set categories (and the Commune is not easy to contact). As for freedom of movement, I thought that is technically for workers (, not all and sundry, but I hope that in practice there is a bit more leniency.

Nov 4, 2015 16:33

Basically, you're exceedingly vague about your current situation. Either you're going to have to go into quite a lot of detail and hope to hell that someone somewhere will both understand your situation and be willing to advise and know what they're talking about,
you're going to have to find some sort of accountant, splurt out the whole story to them, and hope to hell that they both understand your situation and are willing to advise and know what they're talking about.

Nov 4, 2015 19:42