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How to keep my permanent residence card


Hi all

I have a question about keeping a permanent resident permit. Some facts about me:

- My family and I are non-EU.
- Got permanent residence card.

If I get out of my job, how can I keep my permanent residence card? Must I get salary and pay tax monthly?

Thanks a lot in advance!


It mostly depends on the type of the card but with ANY type of permanent residence you are entitled to the right to stay no matter if you work or not. Though it is important to continue being registered in Belgium.

May 5, 2020 14:39

Thank you for your reply.

It's B card.

If I understand it correctly, after I get my permanent residence permit, I don't have to get a salary and pay tax regularly. I will keep this permit as long as I continue registering it, right?

May 5, 2020 17:42

Yes, exactly! You can even be absent in Belgium for up to a year, and if I am not mistaken, keep you right for permanent residency.
Though if you want to apply for citizenship, your breaks in employment will create problems & your application can be considered ineligible. To remain eligible you will need 5 years of uninterrupted employment.

May 6, 2020 15:10

Thank you so much. Your information is so helpful.

Which website can I find detailed information about this?

May 6, 2020 20:12

I am not sure if you speak Dutch but I use usually for this kind info Flemish - it was my guide throughout my stay in Belgium.
they provide description for each type of Card and what it means.

May 7, 2020 10:13

I can't speak Dutch at this moment. So embarrassing, for such a long time.

I'll google it. Thank you so much.

May 7, 2020 20:32