Coronavirus crisis: special measures for Student@work

Updated on September 28, 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! (in french)

Your hours for the 3rd quarter of 2021 will not count

Heard the good news? All the hours you have worked during the 3rd quarter (July-September) of 2021 will not be taken into account. This means you will not see them on your balance indicating your remaining hours.

Hours worked during the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2021 will however be counted following the normal procedure. Still, this is not the case for students working in health care and education. For them, there was already an exemption in place, meaning their hours for the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2021 are not counted.

The new rule for the 3rd quarter of 2021 is applicable for all students.

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 as well as 2021. Hours worked during the second quarter (April, May, June) of 2020 are not taken into account for the total of:

  • 475 hours per year (in Flanders and Wallonia),
  • 240 hours per quarter (in Brussels), or
  • You may work an unlimited amount of hours on a student contract (In the German speaking community).

This means they won’t be taken into account for the hours left on your counter. Hours worked in care or education during the fourth quarter (October, November, December) of 2020 as well as the first quarter (January, February, March) and the second quarter (April, May, June) of 2021, are not taken into account either.

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 and the third quarter of 2021(all students)
  • the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter and second 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.