The professional card is a form of permit for people who:
- are not Belgian citizens;
- are not citizens of a Member State of the European Economic Area (EU Member States plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) or Switzerland;
- have not been exempted from the requirement to have a permit for other reasons.
Applications for professional cards must be submitted:
- either to the Belgian diplomatic or consular representation in the country of residence, if the applicant lives abroad;
- or to the Belgian municipal authorities responsible for the applicant’s place of residence.
Going to a business one-stop shop
Approved business one-stop shops support people who wish to be self-employed as they go through the process for doing so. These organisations issue them with a unique company number that they need to register with the Crossroad Bank for Entreprises. People wishing to become self-employed also have to:
- register for VAT if this is required (more info in French or in Dutch)
- sign up to a social security fund for self-employed people
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Access to your profession
The road to becoming self-employed does not end with a professional card and the procedure mentioned above. You must also prove that you have certain knowledge, such as basic management knowledge and professional knowledge. Business one-stop shops can help with this.