Coronavirus crisis: special measures for Student@work

Updated on january 15, 2021

What consequences does the corona crisis have for student workers? Read more here.

How to get an attestation without dropping by

We’re sorry, but we are still avoiding physical contact. That is why we advise against dropping by our offices for an attestation.

If you don’t know them yet, this is the perfect time to discover them: our online service and mobile app. With these tools, making your own attestation is easy enough. It goes like this:

  1. Log in to the online service or the mobile app.
  2. Click on ‘Attestation for a future employer’.
  3. Choose the year for which you want an attestation.
  4. Click on ‘Make an attestation’.
  5. Email the attestation.

Not working for you? Have a quick look at the complete information on How do I make an attestation? to see if you’ve missed anything, and then call us at 02 509 59 59. We’ll put you back on track.

As a last resort, you can still visit us in Brussels – under certain conditions(new window), mind!

Care and education: your hours for the 4th quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 will not count

Are you a working student in care or education, or will you be starting soon? Then we're giving you a leg up, as your hours for the fourth quarter (October-December) of 2020 and the first quarter (January-March) of 2021 will not be taken into account when asessing the balance of the hours you are still entitled to. As such they will not figure in your counter.

This rule also applies to students working in health care and education through an (temporary employment) agency. Their counter will be adapted in December.

Child allowances

If you are working a lot of hours during the coronavirus crisis, it is possible that according to the normal rules you lose (a part of) your child allowances. In order to prevent this, the regional institutions granting the child allowances have worked out an exception rule for the year 2020.

Wallonia

According to the normal rules, young people (who are born at the latest on 31 December 2000) in Wallonia lose their child allowances if they work more than 240 hours a quarter (except in the months of July, August and September). However, since January 2020 you are exceptionally allowed to work more hours as a working student without losing your child allowances. Until further notice your revenue and your number of worked hours have no consequences for the entitlement to child allowances.

Flanders

Normally speaking, you are not allowed to work in Flanders as a student more than 475 hours a year, otherwise you are no longer entitled to child allowances. The hours worked in the healthcare sector and education during the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 will exceptionally not be taken into account for the calculation of the total amount of hours.

The German-speaking community

The rules for the German-speaking community are not based upon a maximum number of hours. As such these do not need to be adapted for you to be able to work more hours in the second quarter without losing your child allowances.

Brussels

In normal circumstances, in Brussels students are not allowed to work more than 240 hours per quarter during the first, second and forth quarter. Exceptionally, this limit is not applied to the second and fourth quarter of 2020 and to the first quarter of 2021. Read more about it on the Famiris website (in French)(new window).

Taxes paid by your parents

If you work a lot of hours during the coronavirus crisis, your income will be higher and chances are that according to the normal rules, you no longer "depend" on your parents as far as taxes are concerned. You can read more on "Will my parents have to pay more taxes"?.

In normal circumstances, your parents should indeed do so. However in this case, your earnings as a student during

  • the second quarter of 2020 (all students)
  • the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 (students working in health care and education)

will not be taken into account to determine whether you are dependent on your parents as far as taxes are concerned.