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Did you flee the war in Ukraine and would you like to find work? As soon as you have obtained a stay permit in Belgium (Annex 15 or A card), you are allowed to work. If you register with Actiris, you can, like other job-seekers, call upon the services of Actiris and its extensive partner network.

Step 1: Temporary protection certificate

If you were permanently residing in Ukraine, and you left the country to escape war from 24 February 2022 on, you may be entitled to temporary protection. First of all, you must report in person at the registration center of the Immigration Office and a 'temporary protection certificate' will be issued if the conditions are met.

Step 2: Annex 15 or A card

With the 'temporary protection certificate' you can register at the municipal administration of your place of residence. When you register, you first receive a document called 'Annex 15' and later an 'A card'. You need these documents to be allowed to work in Belgium. Attention: the A card is valid until March 4, 2023. This may be extended depending on the situation in Ukraine.

Step 3: Registration as job-seeker with Actiris

The next step is your registration with Actiris. As a public employment service, Actiris is the main player and provider of employment solutions in the Brussels Capital Region.

How to register?

  • online via my.actiris.brussels

Do you have a national number? Register online (in French or Dutch) via my.actiris.brussels. Have you registered with Actiris before, but you need to register again? My Actiris is also your best option!

My Actiris
  • In the multimedia room of 'La Cité des Métiers'

In 'La Cité des Métiers' (Astro Tower, Sterrenkundelaan 14, 1210 Brussels) there are computers where you can register autonomously via My Actiris. Recently, a steward who speaks Ukrainian or Russian was appointed to provide you with language support during your registration. Don't forget that you need a national number in order to (re)register.

  • Appointment

You can make an appointment at one of Actiris' 18 agencies or by calling the free number 0800 35 123 (French or Dutch). Do you not speak these languages? Let someone who speaks French or Dutch and has a Belgian telephone number help you.

From January 2023, interpreters will be available again at the Astro Tower (Avenue de l'Astronomie 14, 1210 Sint-Joost-ten-Noode) to facilitate the first registrations at Actiris. You can make an appointment here.

Make an appointment to register with Actiris

Step 4: Information

We organise collective info sessions with translation into Ukrainian to present our services. You will be automatically invited to these info sessions after registering with Actiris.

All practical information will be given. If you missed an info session for which you received an invitation, you can always attend a subsequent info session.

An interpreter is available at the Beroepenpunt, Sterrenkundelaan 14. There, counsellors are ready to answer all your questions about language courses, training, job search, self-employment and interregional and international mobility. You can also find documentation and use computers there.

The Beroepenpunt is open Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 4pm. Except on Thursdays, when it is open from 13:30 to 19:00. All information can be found on their website (www.beroepenpunt.brussels).

Step 5: Job offers


The online platform 'My Actiris' can help you find job offers. Create a profile on My Actiris. Via your personal account, you can manage your dossier yourself and look for vacancies. You will also automatically receive job offers that match your profile.

If the vacancies you receive do not suit you, you are free to reject them and refine your search. The more complete your My Actiris profile is, the more tailored job offers you will receive and the more likely you are to find an employer that suits you.

Know that the public employment services in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia use hashtags to broaden recruitment opportunities for employers by opening up job vacancies to newcomers.

Actiris - #welcome

VDAB - #werkplekvrij

Forem - #DISPO

Step 6: Counselling

Your registration with Actiris gives you access to an extensive range of services and partners who can assist you in your job search.

Visit this page regularly to stay abreast of information sessions and other interesting information.

Watch the video below to see how Actiris can assist you.

Watch this video in English, Ukrainian, Russian or another language.

Events

Actiris and his partners organise different events to welcome newcomers from Ukraine and give them more information. You'll find an overview of previous and upcomming events here below:

24/06/2022 Job Day (UNHCR Europe)

15/07/2022 VDAB Infosession

20/07/2022 VDAB Infosession

21/08/2022 Education Day ULB (presentation of Actiris and CDM services)

23/09/2022 Info Day for Medical Workers

12/10/2022 CIRE infosession on diploma recognition

20/10/2022 CIRE infosession on diploma recognition

20/10/2022 Infosession on Job Search in Belgium

04/11/2022 VDAB Infosession

07/11/2022 CIRE infosession on diploma recognition

09/11/2022 Job Search in Belgium: Infosession for Ukrainians residing in collective housing

15/11/2022 Starting a business in Belgium by microStart

15/11/2022 CIRE infosession on diploma recognition

23/11/2022 How to create your resume

24/11/2022 CIRE infosession on diploma recognition

29/11/2022 CIRE infosession on diploma recognition

08/12/2022 CIRE infosession on diploma recognition

14/12/2022 Interim Job Day

15/12/2022 Universities in Brussels

16/12/2022 CIRE infosession on Diploma Recognition

20/12/2022 MicroStart webinar on starting a business

22/12/2022 MicroStart webinar on starting a business

05/01/2023 VDAB info session on Working in Dutch (14:00 Cite des Métiers)

13/01/2023 How to create your resume(14:00 Cite des Métiers)

25/01/2023 Infosession “Learning Dutch in Brussels for Ukrainians” (14.00-15.30 at Сité des Métiers / room Atomium – without registration)

Infosession Diploma Recognitionby CIRE at Сité des Métiers - Room Horta :

  • 20 January, from 13.30 to 15.30 
  • 21 February, from 13.30 to 15.30 
  • 20 March, from 13.30 to 15.30 
  • 21 April, from 13.30 to 15.30 
  • 22 May, from 13.30 to 15.30  
  • 15 June, from 13.30 to 15.30 

To register for a СIRE infosession, please send an email to adarsaniia@cire.be in Ukrainian, by stating which session you want to attend.

30/01/2023 Workshops on effective job search by Travi and Сité des Métiers (12.00 - 17.00 at Сité des Métiers, room Atomium )

Contact

Any other questions? Or ready to register with Actiris and start your job search? Contact us!

Offices of Actiris in the municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region 

Phone 0800 35 123, from Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 16:30

 

If you are staying in Flanders, you are asked to register at a VDAB office. You can find more information about working and living in Flanders here

If you are staying in Wallonia, you are asked to register at a Forem office. You can find more information on working in Wallonia here.

 

Useful documents and information

 

Legislation on the use of languages: this information is a translation of a webpage in French and Dutch. Actiris is a Brussels public service and communicates in French and Dutch. We exceptionally use other languages to inform newcomers about our services. Looking for work in the Brussels-Capital Region or Belgium? You will increase your chances if you learn French or / and Dutch. Actiris can assist you in doing so.

 

Integration programme for newcomers Brussels-Capital Region information platform