Some foreign nationals belong to the target group that is normally required to follow an integration programme, but that is exempt from this requirement for legal reasons.
First, some exemptions pertain to the nature of residency rights. In general, these exemptions do not require proof as they are granted automatically according to national registry data. These exemptions apply in the following cases:
You have nationality from one of the following countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland.
This is the case if you have an E(U)-card and Appendix 8.
United Kingdom nationals are also exempt if they benefit from withdrawal agreement terms. In this case you will have an M card.
A family member is understood to be:
This is the case if you hold an F card or a certificate of immatriculation during the procedures to obtain an F card, on the condition that you are one of the aforementioned family members.
If you are a family member of a Belgian national, you are only exempt if the Belgian national has exercised his or her right to free movement. That will be the case if you and the Belgian national have lived legally in another EU+ member state for more than three months.
If you are a family member of a UK national and you are benefitting from the withdrawal agreement you are also exempt. In this case you will have an M card.
This is the case, for example, for au pairs and persons with a working holiday visa, as well as their family members.
This is the case, for example, in the following situations:
This is the case if you have obtained long-term resident status in Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, or Romania.
You have temporary protection in accordance with European Directive 2001/55/EC. This is currently applicable to refugees from Ukraine.
Secondly, there are exemptions for which you have to provide proof to your municipality – through BON or the BAPA, by going to the municipality offices in person, or by email – in order to benefit from them. This applies in the following cases:
You must provide the following:
You must provide the following:a certificate of exemption issued by the Flemish Community, the Walloon Region or the German-speaking Community.
You must provide the following: a certificate or diploma from an educational establishment financed, organised or subsidised by the Flemish Community, the French Community or the German-speaking Community.
You must provide the following: a medical certificate. You can download a certificate template here It must be filled out and signed by your doctor.
Please note that the exemption request for medical reasons must be made at your municipality offices in person or by email addressed to the municipality
You can obtain an exemption at any time, upon registration until closure of your file.
Even if you are exempt, you can begin or continue to follow the programme voluntarily. To do so please contact the approved organiser of your choice.