Professional sportsmen

You employ a professional sportsmen, referee or coach bound by an employment contract for professional sportsmen (?) if: 

  • you have signed an employment contract with this worker for a professional sportsmen (?) in the sense of the Law of 24 February 1978, or a contract as a coach, in accordance with the Law of 3 July 1978; 

  • your worker will benefit from an annual gross remuneration of 84,837 EUR (2021) or more, or half this amount for a coach who has signed a contract under the Law of 3 July 1978. This minimum amount is indexed annually. It is a gross amount for a full-time worker. 

Single permit or type B permit?

The type B permit is only a work permit. 

The type B permit is issued for workers who come to work in Belgium on a contract of less than 90 days. 

It is also issued for some categories of workers, even if they come to work for more than 90 days: 

  1. Cross-border workers 

  1. Workers who are resident at the hotel 

  

The fixed-term single permit is a work permit AND a residence permit. 

The single permit is issued to workers who come to work for more than 90 days (except for the specific cases below). 

Seconded worker or not?

The professional sportsmen can not be a seconded worker.

If you want to employ a professional sportsmen for a maximum of 90 days: request a type B permit

Where is the application submitted? 

For the type B permit, you must still make the application using the paper form (2021). Click here to access the application form.  

The form and its supporting documents must be sent 

Public Service of Wallonia, Directorate of Employment and Work Permits 

Place de la Wallonie, 1 

5100 Jambes 

  

How long does it take to process my file?  

If your file is complete, the application may take between 1 and 2 months but this can double if your file is incomplete. 

 

How can I submit a renewal application? 

You can apply to renew the type B permit if the cumulative work period in Belgium is less than 90 days. 

For example, the worker who has already had a one-month contract; if you wish to renew their contract for an additional month, you are still within the 90 days. 

If you exceed the 90 days, you must then apply for a single permit. 

You must make the application to renew a type B permit at most two months and at least one month before the end of the current type B work permit.

 

What documents are required?  

 

First application 

Renewal application 

Type B permit application form 

Yes 

Yes 

A copy of a valid passport for the worker 

Yes 

Yes 

A copy of the worker’s Belgian residence document

Yes, if existing 

No 

A copy of the applicant's identity card (employer or representative) 

Yes 

Yes 

A copy of the worker's Belgian or foreign employment contract 

Yes 

(1) 

A copy of the worker's qualification 

Yes 

No 

A copy of the proof of access to the regulated profession 

Yes if employment requested in a regulated profession 

No 

Yes, if worker seconded by a foreign employer 

(1) 

A copy of the secondment certificate or the individual social security agreement 

Yes, if worker seconded by a foreign employer 

Doesn’t want to pay social security contributions in Belgium 

(1) 

Copies of payslips or the individual remuneration statement 

No 

Yes 

A copy of the LIMOSA declaration from the previous employment 

No 

Yes for a seconded worker 

 

(1): Yes, if the document sent for the first application does not cover the renewal period for which you are applying 

If you want to employ a professional sportsmen for more than 90 days: apply for a single permit

Where is the application submitted? 

For the single permit, the application must be entered online and the supporting documents submitted on the Working in Belgium federal portal. 

Take care to select the "professional sportsmen" criteria on the application (Article 16, alinea1, 7°, of the Walloon Government Decree of 16 May 2019) and to prepare the corresponding documents indicated in the tables below in advance. 

How long does it take to process my file?  

The application must legally be processed within 4 months by the administrations. 

The timeframe is generally less for files that are complete and comply with the regulations. 

  

How can I submit a renewal application?  

The application to renew a fixed-term single permit must be made at most 3 months and at least 2 months before the end of the current permit. 

  

Documents required for the residence section  

 

First application 

Renewal application 

Payment of the fee 

Yes 

No 

Extract of the worker's criminal record 

Yes 

No 

Copy of a medical certificate dated within 6 months 

Yes 

No 

Proof of health insurance 

Yes 

Yes 

You can find the information and document templates by clicking here.

(1) for the single permit application, the form must be completed and signed electronically online by the applicant (the employer or their representative). No scanned application document is to be attached. The signature of the electronic form isn’t needed for the worker/intern/volunteer/.... He gives his consent by signing the contract/letter of secondment/training agreement/volunteer agreement/..

 

Other procedures to be completed

Foreign workers employed on a Belgian employment contract must be subject to a DIMONA declaration. Click here for more information on the DIMONA.  

Foreign workers who continue to be employed by a foreign employer and are temporarily seconded to Belgium must be subject to a LIMOSA declaration. Click here for more information on the LIMOSA.