Pursuant to the provisions of the Aliens Act, third-country nationals may stay and work in the Republic of Croatia on the basis of:
- a stay and work permit,
- a work registration certificate (work registration certificate with a validity of up to 90 days or work registration certificate with a validity of up to 30 days in a calendar year - Articles 140-144 of the Aliens Act), or
- without a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate (categories of third-county nationals can be found ).
Stay and work permit
A stay and work permit is a single permit that allows third-country nationals to temporarily stay and work in the Republic of Croatia.
- Stay and work permits based on labour market tests and the opinion of the Croatian Employment Service
In order to employ third-country nationals, and before submitting applications for stay and work permits, employers have to request a labour market test and the opinion of the Croatian Employment Service. Labour market tests can be requested by the employer .
- Stay and work permits without labour market tests, but with the opinion of the Croatian Employment Service
The Management Board of the Croatian Employment Service issues a on high demand professions which is published on the website of the Croatian Employment Service. No labour market test is required for those professions, but the opinion of the Croatian Employment Service is still needed.
- Stay and work permits without labour market tests and without the opinion of the Croatian Employment Service
A stay and work permit is issued without the need to request a labour market test or the opinion of the Croation Employment Service:
- for third-country nationals listed in Article 110 of the Aliens Act (e.g. key personnel in companies, self-employment in a company/sole trade in which they hold an ownership share of at least 51%, EU Blue Card, intra-corporate transferees, service providers, volunteers, trainees, crew members, etc.), or
- in case the validity of a stay and work permit is extended for the same employer and the same third-country national.
Important: Third-country nationals may work in the Republic of Croatia only for the jobs for which they have been granted a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate and only with those employers with which they have entered into employment.
Third-country nationals who hold a residence and work permit shall be entitled to the same rights as Croatian nationals in the following areas: 1. working conditions, including the salary and termination of a contract of employment, as well as safety requirements for the workplace; 2. general and vocational education; 3. recognition of educational and professional qualifications in line with the legislation governing the recognition of foreign professional qualifications; 4. branches of social security, as defined in Regulation (EC) No 883/2004; 5. tax benefits, insofar as the worker is deemed to be resident for tax purposes in the Republic of Croatia; 6. access to goods and services and the supply of goods and services made available to the public, including the procedures for granting subsidised accommodation in line with the special legislation governing these areas, without prejudice to the freedom of contract in accordance with Union law and the law of the Republic of Croatia; 7. freedom to associate and affiliate with or to become a member of organisations which represent workers or employers, or organisations whose members perform specific professions, including the remunerations by those organisations; 8. advice services afforded by public employment services.
The rights referred to shall be exercised in line with the legislation of the Republic of Croatia governing the specific areas.
|Change of employment
|Third-country nationals, who would like to change their employment/workplace, must submit a new application for a stay and work permit.
In the event of termination of an employment contract or other relevant contract and when the conditions on the basis of which stay and work permit was granted no longer exist, the employer and the third-country national are obliged to inform the police administration or police within 15 days from the date of the occurrence of those circumstances.
The police department or police station will take a decision on the termination of the work and stay permit if the conditions under which the work and stay permit was granted ceased to exist.
|Change of status
In the procedure of extending the stay and work permit, third-country nationals can request a different type of permit (from employed worker to self-employed, from work to family reunification, etc.) and the application can be submitted within the territory if the stay and work permit is still valid.
Third-country nationals who are granted a permanent stay status may work in the Republic of Croatia without a stay and work permit.
Temporary residence for family reunification may be granted to a member of the family of a third-country national who has been issued a stay and work permit (except for family members of holders of a residence and work permit issued on the basis of the opinion of the Croatian Employment Service (there is a waiting period of 1 year)).
A long-term residence may be granted to a third-country national under general conditions for acquiring long-term residence.
The following periods shall not be included in the time required for granting long-term residence: 1. stay on the basis of an issued stay and work permit for seasonal workers; 2. stay on the basis of an issued stay and work permit for service providers; 3. temporary stay granted to posted workers; 4. stay on the basis of an issued stay and work permit for volunteers; 5. stay on the basis of an issued stay and work permit for trainees; 6. stay on the basis of an issued stay and work permit for intra-corporate transferees and their family members; 7. stay on the basis of an issued stay and work permit for other essential personnel, as defined by the Protocol of Accession of the Republic of Croatia to the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the World Trade Organisation, as well as their family members; 8. stay on the basis of an issued stay and work permit for frontier workers.
No information available at the moment.