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Athlete, trainer, ...

If the non-European worker is an athlete, trainer, assistant or referee, the necessity to obtain an authorisation, and the type of authorisation that needs to be requested depends on where the employer is established, how much the worker earns and how long he or she is staying in Belgium.

A person employed by an employer abroad is coming to Brussels to take part in an international sports event.

  • Athlete, assistant, referee, official delegate, staff member, other person accredited or authorised by 
  • Three months at most

You do not need to ask Brussels Economy and Employment for employment authorisation in order to work in Belgium. (automatic exemption by virtue of article 2,16 of the royal decree dated 9 June 1999)

A professional athlete or trainer is coming to work in Belgium for more than 90 days. Their yearly remuneration exceeds 84.896 euros (86.592 euros as from 01/07/2021).

(Art. 9,11 of the royal decree dated 9 June 1999)

Apply for a single permit

The professional athlete or trainer is coming to work in Belgium for maximum 90 days (except when it concerns an international sports competition as mentioned in point 1). Their yearly remuneration exceeds 84.896 euros (86.592 euros as from 01/07/2021).

(Art. 9,11 of the royal decree dated 9 June 1999)

Apply for a work permit

(In case of successive jobs without any interruption, the previous periods are taken into account to calculate the 90 days. If the 90 days are exceeded, see procedure single permit.)

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