Upon their arrival in Antwerp, international students have to register with the municipality and apply for an electronic residence permit. The electronic residence permit will only be granted after a residence check. This may take some time.
Students who are EU nationals are not required to go through the entire procedure. Students from neighbouring countries (the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and France) can also request the temporary residence document ‘Annex 33’.
Other EU students can end the procedure once they have Annex 8 (which is a provisional document proving they are registered). You can legally reside in Belgium with these documents. If you do wish to receive an electronic residence permit, you will have to state this and you will also be required to pay for it.
If you wish to be employed as a student, we recommend applying for the electronic residence permit. As a result, you will have a national registry number and will be entitled to a tax rebate (when you submit your tax return) if you exceed the income threshold. Without the card you will be considered a "non-resident" and will pay at least 25% non-recoverable income tax on all of your income if you have a net taxable income of at least €7380.
Another advantage of the electronic residence permit is that it will be easier to access the 'student at work - 50 days' module.
You can obtain more information about the various residence documents from Hilde Didden at the International Relations Office: Phone + 32 3 265 44 31, firstname.lastname@example.org.