Graduating or terminating studies
Has your child received their diploma? This marks a new chapter in their life. Starting work, looking for a place of their own... if your young graduate wants to get off to a good start, then they’ll need to take care of some administrative matters.
Register as a job-seeker
Perhaps your child already has a job lined up for the end of their studies, following the completion of a successful internship, for example. But they might also need to start their job search at the end of their studies. In this case, your child should register as a job-seeker as soon as possible at:
Registration is done on the basis of their National Register number (which can be found on their eID).
Why must job-seekers register with an employment service?
Once they’ve graduated, young people commence a professional integration period of 1 year. No luck in their job hunt and they still haven't found a job after 1 year? If they’re younger than 25 years of age, then they’re entitled to an integration allowance. This is effectively Belgian unemployment benefit based on their age and family circumstances.
What do they need to do in order to receive this?
Once their professional integration period is over, they’ll receive a letter containing a certificate as proof that they were registered as a job-seeker. They can subsequently present this to their payment agency. The payment agency will send this to the National Employment Office (RVA) and apply for their benefit. If their application is approved, the payment agency will pay their integration allowance.
Is your child commencing work immediately following their graduation? Then it might still be necessary for them to register as a job-seeker in certain situations:
- If your child has signed a contract, but has not yet started work.
- If your child starts working on a part-time basis, then they can register as a part-time job-seeker.
If your child immediately commences full-time work or self-employment then they can of course skip this step.
Register with a health insurance fund
Your child remains a 'dependent person’ for the duration of their studies and throughout their professional integration period. Your child is consequently covered by your health insurance policy.
When should your child take out their own health insurance policy?
- Once your child starts work.
- Once your child starts work as a self-employed person.
- Once their job integration period has expired and your child is a job-seeker.
- Once your child turns 25, even if they continue their studies.
There are nationwide Health Insurance providers in Belgium, including CM and La Mutualité Neutre. Your child is sure to find one that suits them.
Notify your Child Benefit fund
Notify your Child Benefit fund that your child has graduated. You can do this quickly and easily via My KidsLife, your online Growth Package and Child Benefit file.
Many employers include hospitalisation insurance in their contracts. If that isn’t the case, or your child is starting work as a self-employed person, then they can arrange this themselves. They shouldn’t forget to do so, even though taking out such insurance isn’t mandatory in Belgium. Should your child end up in hospital, then the costs can quickly mount up. Your Health Insurance provider will reimburse a portion of their costs, but if they’re not insured, they’ll have to pay the rest themselves.
Hospitalisation insurance is available from insurers or Health Insurance funds. Additional tip: explore the options pertaining to supplementary dental insurance.
And ... what about holidays?
When your child first starts working, they won’t have had time to accrue any holiday. Does that mean that they have to work 365 days non-stop? No, fortunately not.
Do they work for a public authority? Then they’ll instantly be entitled to a number of annual leave days. In other cases, they’re entitled to a young persons holiday – unless they’re older than 25 years of age. Under 25? Then they’re entitled to four weeks of paid holiday. They need simply complete the C103-young-persons-holiday-employee form and submit this to their payment agency.