Child Benefit and Growth Package for those working or living abroad: all scenarios.
Live in Belgium and work abroad? Or live abroad and work in Belgium? Recently moved to Belgium and want to apply for Child Benefit or the Growth Package for the first time? KidsLife is happy to provide the necessary support and assistance! We illustrate the various scenarios below and explain exactly what you need to do, to avoid missing out on any of the benefits to which you’re entitled!
Regardless of whether you currently live or work abroad: KidsLife automatically ensures that you receive everything to which you’re entitled! Submit your application quickly and easily online, and your personal KidsLife adviser will set to work!
How do I apply for the Growth Package or Child Benefit? choose the KidsLife Child Benefit Fund
KidsLife is the preferred partner for all new Belgians and foreign families applying for Child Benefit. We provide step-by-step support and assistance with your application. And we remain in direct contact with the foreign Child Benefit Fund, in the event that an exchange of information is required.
Be sure to have the national register numbers of you and your family members to hand when submitting your application. Don’t have these (yet)? Then we’ll request the names and dates of birth of your family members.
If you received Child Benefit abroad, then we’ll also require the name and address of the competent foreign Child Benefit Fund. We’ll request confirmation from this Child Benefit Fund that they’ve ceased making any payments. Already have such a confirmation in your possession? Then please add it to your application to save time!
If you still receive Child Benefit abroad, then we’ll also require the name and address of the competent foreign Child Benefit Fund. We’ll then communicate with this foreign Child Benefit Fund in order to determine which country is responsible for paying your Child Benefit.
Finally, we require the bank account number to which you’d like us to make your Growth Package or Child Benefit payments. Don’t have a bank account (yet)? No problem! We’ll issue a circular cheque instead.
Submitting your application in Flanders?
The Growth Package came into effect in Flanders on 01/01/2019. Prior to 2019, the Growth Package was known as Child Benefit, and was therefore linked to different legislation. Submit an application for the Growth Package and we’ll automatically investigate your entitlement to both types of family allowance over the last 5 years.
Please note: the condition for entitlement prior to 01/01/2019 is professional activity in Belgium. You might therefore be entitled to the Growth Package from 01/01/2019, but not to Child Benefit for the preceding period.
Submitting your application in Brussels or Wallonia?
International forms: What are the E411, P12, E401 and E402 forms and how do I complete them?
E401: family composition abroad
If you live abroad, then we’re unable to view your family composition via the Belgian National Register (database containing the personal details of Belgian residents). We therefore send you the E401 document on an annual basis. This document must be completed by the Population Department of the city or municipality in which you live and is confirmation of your family composition abroad. It serves as proof that you still live at the same foreign address and lists all of the people who reside with you at this address.
P12: professional situation for families living abroad
If you live abroad, then we’re unable to view your professional situation via the Belgian databases. We therefore send you the P12 document on an annual basis. You must complete this document yourself. You use the P12 document to specify any changes to your professional situation or family circumstances in the past year. It’s important that we’re kept up to date on your professional activities abroad, as this may affect which country is responsible for paying your Child Benefit.
E411: overview of Child Benefit paid abroad
If you receive Child Benefit abroad, Belgium can in some cases make supplementary Belgian Child Benefit payments. In this case, Belgium will pay the difference between the Belgian and foreign amounts. Of course, we can only calculate this difference if we’re aware of the amounts paid abroad. That’s why we send the E411 document to the foreign Child Benefit Fund on a six-monthly or annual basis (depending on the country). The foreign Child Benefit Fund enters the amounts paid in the E411 form and sends the completed document back to KidsLife. We can proceed to payment upon receipt of this document.
E402: school certificate for students abroad
If you have adult children who are studying abroad, then an E402 document must be completed by the foreign school. The completed document serves as proof of the studies being pursued and must be completed each new school year.
Special situations: Poland and France
Data exchange with Poland
If you live in Poland and work in Belgium or vice versa, you may be entitled to Belgian Child Benefit. KidsLife investigates your entitlement on the basis of data requested using European control documents.
In Poland, the regional Voivodeship is the body responsible for completing these documents. Document E402 - this document serves as proof of studies for young adults and must be stamped by the Voivodeship.
If you’re entitled to Polish Child Benefit in Poland, then Belgium may pay the difference between the Belgian and Polish amounts. Of course, they can only do that if the Belgian amounts are higher than the Polish ones.
If you’re theoretically entitled to Child Benefit in Poland, then Belgium must take this theoretical amount into account, even if you’ve never submitted an application for Child Benefit in Poland. In this case, Belgium will pay the difference between the Belgian amounts and the theoretical Polish amounts.
Family 500+ Allowance
A new Family Allowance was introduced in Poland on 1 April 2016: the Family 500+ Allowance or PLN 500 for raising a child. This allowance is awarded to parents or guardians of children up to the age of 18 based on the family income.
This benefit was made available to all children, regardless of their age and family income, from 01/07/2019.
From 01/07/2019, this Family 500+ Allowance must also be included when calculating the difference between the Belgian and Polish amounts. If you’re theoretically entitled to Child Benefit in Poland, then the Family 500+ Allowance must also be included in the calculation, even if you’ve never submitted an application for Child Benefit in Poland.
Conditions in France
Entitlement to Child Benefit in France is based on parenting and income criteria, and comprises a basic Child Benefit and a number of potential supplements.
If there’s only 1 child in your family, then you’re only entitled to Child Benefit until this child reaches 3 years of age (unless it concerns a child with a disability or an orphan, for example). You may subsequently receive annual ARS (Allocation Rentrée Scolaire or study allowance) payments until your child reaches 18 years of age.
If there are several children in your family, then you may be entitled to Child Benefit up until 20 years of age.
Example: Camille and Robert have 1 daughter, Marie. Marie is entitled to Child Benefit until she reaches 3 years of age. At the age of 5, Marie gets a little brother, Thomas. Both children are once again entitled to Child Benefit from Thomas’s birth. Once Marie turns 20, Thomas’s Child Benefit entitlement also ceases, because he’s now the only child in the family younger than 20 but older than 3 years of age.
Data exchange with France
If you live in France and work in Belgium or vice versa, then you may be entitled to Belgian Child Benefit. KidsLife investigates your entitlement on the basis of data requested using European control documents.
In France, the regional CAF (Caisse d’Allocations Familiales) is the body responsible for completing these documents.
You may still be entitled to Child Benefit and the Growth Package, even if you’re planning to live or work abroad! In this case, you’ll receive your full Child Benefit entitlement or a portion thereof. KidsLife always ensures that you receive the maximum amount to which you’re entitled.