From 1 January 2023, as a student, you will be allowed to work up to 600 hours a year at reduced social contributions, instead of 475 hours. This will have consequences, for example in regards to being your parents’ dependant or regarding child benefits. Keep an eye on this page for all the implications of this measure.
Are you still a dependant of your parents when doing more hours?
Being allowed to work more also means you will earn more. But will you still be a dependant of your parents? Being a dependant means that you are financially dependent of your parents, so they will pay less tax.
There are maximum amounts you cannot exceed to remain dependent on your parents. As soon as we know what the maximum amounts will be as from 2023, we will inform you through this website.
Will my parents still receive child benefits when I work more hours?
At present, you cannot work more than 600 hours a year in Flanders and Wallonia to retain your right to child benefits. In Brussels, the limit is 240 hours per quarter. Once it is announced whether and how the regions will adjust these limits, we will publish it on this website.
Keep an eye on Student@work!
As you can see, the adjustment to 600 hours is not without consequences... but they will only apply from 1 January 2023, so up to 31 December this year, nothing will change. Keep an eye on our website to keep updated on the changes that come with the adjustment to 600 hours.