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    Looking for a student job? You can find all available student jobs on the Job Board VUB. You can browse the database by selecting different selection criteria.

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    You can also contact temporary recruitment agencies in Brussels (or the city where you live) in your search for a student job (e.g. Adecco, Tempo-Team, Randstad, t-interim, etc.). If you look for ‘interim’ in a search engine robot, you will find several agencies.

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    Apply for a student job @ VUB
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    You found an interesting job vacancy on the Job Board VUB? This is how you apply.

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    Did you find a vacancy that matches your profile? You can  apply for the selected student job by selecting ‘apply for this job’. Afterwards, you need to provide personal details: your name and surname, student number, e-mail address, study programme and whether you are a VUB student. Please indicate if you are a PhD student and/or a non-EEA student: there are strict regulations that determine whether you can work as a job student.

    Applying for a job at the VUB? Upload your resume (CV) and a valid student@work attestation. A motivation letter is optional.

    Applying for a job outside of the VUB? Upload your resume (CV). A motivation letter and a valid student@work attestation is optional.

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    If you have an e-ID card and an e-ID-reader, you can download your student@work attestation via mysocialsecurity.be. You can use the computers with e-ID readers in the lobby of building P (building where Student jobs is located). If you don’t have an e-ID card, you can contact the National Social Security Office and request a token or login with a password.

    A student@work-attestation is only valid for 3 months. Make sure you always provide a valid attestation.

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    Did you apply for a job at the VUB? Your application will go directly to the service/department/faculty of the VUB that is looking for a student. This service/department/faculty will decide whether you are invited for a job interview.

    Did you apply for a job outside the VUB?  Your application will go directly to a colleague of Student jobs to verify whether your profile meets the requirements. If you are a PhD student or a non-EEA-student, Student jobs will verify whether you meet the regulations to work as a job student. If so, you will receive the contact information of the employer. It is the employer who decides if you will get an invitation for a job interview.

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    Working as a job student at the VUB? The service/department/faculty of the VUB where you work, is responsible for providing your student employment contract. You will receive your pay slips electronically through the online Basware platform. Questions regarding your employment contract or your salary? Contact VUB-department where you are employed or the HR-department of the VUB.

    Working as a job student outside the VUB? The employer is responsible for providing a valid student employment contract. In case of any problem with your student employment contract or your salary, you should contact the HR-department of the company/organization you are working for.

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    Contact Student jobs or read the manual.

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    Can I work as a student?
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    Who can work as a student?
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    To work as a student in Belgium, you must meet certain conditions. 

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    You can work with a student employment contract:
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    • if studying is your main activity and any job is clearly a subordinate activity.
    • if you are not working when you are supposed to be attending classes.

     

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    • if you have been working for 12 months or more at the same employer. Once these 12 months have passed, you can no longer perform a student job for this employer. However, you can still work for another employer with a student employment contract.
    • if studying is not your main activity (e.g. if you are attending evening classes, after your work, as an employee).
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    Students from non-EEA countries
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    You no longer need a work permit C! This work permit is no longer issued as from January 1st, 2019.

    If you have a legal residence in Belgium and you want to work as a student, having an electronic residence permit or an appendix 15 (if you received this document while awaiting for your residence permit) is sufficient. Since January 1st, 2019, residence permits given to non-EEA citizens studying in Belgium mention extra information about working possibilities. With this residence permit, you can work for any employer in Belgium, considering the following specifications:

    • You can work during the period of validity of your residence permit;
    • During the academic year, you can work for a maximum of 20 hours per week. During official holiday periods (i.e. winter, spring or summer holidays), this limitation does not apply, so you can work more than 20 hours per week ;
    • The student job must be compatible with your study, meaning that you can’t work when you are supposed to be attending classes or other activities related to your study programme.
    • If you arrive in Belgium during the summer before the academic year in which you will start your studies, you are not allowed to work during the months before the start of the academic year.

    Did you arrive in Belgium before 2019 and did you receive a type C work permit for the academic year 2018-2019?

    If you have a type C work permit that is still valid until the end of this academic year, you can still work with this work permit until the end of the academic year.

    Did you arrive in Belgium before 2019 and did you not receive a type C work permit?

    The electronic residence permit you received before 2019 does not mention extra information regarding employment possibilities. You can apply for a new residence permit at the town hall (for a fee). Or you can give your employer a copy of your residence permit and an attestation of registration of the university.

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    • PhD students with a scholarship from the higher education intuition where they study, cannot work as a student within this higher education institution.
    • PhD students with a  scholarship not from the higher education institution where they study, and subjected to social security  contributions (RSZ), cannot work as a student. If the scholarship is not subjected to social security contributions, phD students can work a s a student if this is mentioned in the conditions to receive a scholarship.

    • Self-supporting PhD students not holding a scholarship can work with a student employment contract. Non-EEA students must have a valid residence permit, mentioning the possibility to work as a student, in order to work during the academic year.

    • PhD students who receive a salary and are officially regarded as employees, not as students, cannot work with a student employment contract.

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    In doubt if you should pay social security contributions or taxes? Certain measures were taken to exempt most student labour from paying taxes. 

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    In principle, all employees, including students, must pay social security contributions to the National Social Security Office (NSSO) in order to finance health insurance, holiday pay, etc.

    As a student you receive each calendar year a set of 475 hours during which you can work only paying a solidarity premium of the social security contributions. This means that you are exempted from normal social security contributions during your first 475 hours of student employment.

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    In April or May, international students who are registered in the foreigner’s register at the city hall will most likely receive a tax form from the Federal Public Service Finance. This individual income tax return relates to the income of the previous calendar year.

    Whether you should pay income taxes in Belgium depends on how much you have earned (in the previous calendar year). If your income remains under a certain amount, you will not have to pay taxes.

    You have to file this tax return, even if you have not earned any income in Belgium or if your income is well below the taxable amount.

    Note! In case you plan to leave Belgium before the tax form has arrived, and you expect a tax refund, you should contact the local tax office and ask for a form that will permit you to declare your income in advance.

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    Looking for a job? Student jobs can help in your search for a student job and provides information and advice about legal aspects. The earnings from student jobs should be considered as a supplementary source of income, not as main financial means for living in Belgium!

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    Next to building P, former student rooms unit, red colour
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    Monday until Friday, 1.30 pm - 5 pm
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    + 32 2 629 23 15 (Tuesday to Friday, 9 am - 12 pm)
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    Medical library
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    Tuesday from 9.30 AM until 1 PM
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    The VUB approaches diversity in society in a positive way, which reflects in our study programmes, student affairs and human resources management. We guarantee we offer equal opportunities for all and we don’t discriminate based on gender, social or ethnic background, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability.

    Consequentially we neither accept job vacancies nor search for student-employees based on discriminatory criteria.

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