Depending on their nationality, some international students will be required to prove their right to work to an employer and will have to adhere to certain guidelines like the period of employment and the amount of working hours. Students from countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) will receive a residence permit (an electronic foreigner card type ‘A’) containing the statement stipulating their admission to work. The statement will be automatically put on the residence permit. Because student employment has to be compatible with studying International students from countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) may only work up to 20 hours a week. The social inspectorate may check this. There is an exemption for student employment during the school holidays. Non EEA students can then work more than 20 hours a week. Students arriving in Belgium during the summer holidays (or just before it starts) with the aim of commencing studies in the new academic year may not work during this summer holiday.This is because they do not meet the legal requirement of 'having enrolled in a higher education establishment during the previous academic year'. EEA students and students from Switzerland are allowed to work without these formalities.
Refugees students are allowed to work under certain conditions.