Managerial position

In addition to the fact that it must of course be someone who is actually a manager in the company, the salary criterion is a major factor here too. If not clear, the Department of Economic Migration will ask for a further description of the tasks to be undertaken by the employee concerned in order to assess the stated qualification.

The amount of the minimum remuneration is indexed every year. For 2017, this amount was increased to EUR 66,942.00 gross per year. From 2018 this indexed amount will be EUR 68,356.00 gross per year (for 2016: EUR 66,442.00 - for 2015: EUR 66,406.00).

For the purpose of calculating the minimum amount, the same elements will be taken into consideration as for the category of highly-skilled employees, namely: all sums which are known in advance (gross salary, end-of-year bonuses, double and single holiday allowance etc.) and benefits in kind such as accommodation, car etc. that represent remuneration for the work done, insofar as they are expressly and nominally budgeted and included in the employment contract (as stipulated in article 37/2 of Royal Decree 9/6/1999: "The salary amounts indicated in (...) Article 9, first paragraph, (...) 7°, constitute the remuneration for work done, and are known with certainty at the start of the employment of the workers in Belgium.").

Thus the following do not qualify: the so-called COLA's ('Cost Of Living Allowances') or the allowances which are usually granted to foreign executives to compensate for the additional costs that might be incurred by their employment abroad, as well as bonuses (fees for performance or achievements, the extent of which cannot be known in advance and for which the remuneration can therefore not be determined in advance).

In contrast to the category of the highly-skilled workers, the legislator stipulates no maximum duration of employment for executives and the duration of such employment is eligible for obtaining a work permit A on the basis of work done.

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