You can apply to be a volunteer in the Republic of Croatia if you take part in a voluntary service on the basis of an agreement with the entity/organisation responsible for the voluntary service.
If you fulfil the conditions, you will be issued a residence permit.
For stay and work up to 90 days, a certificate of work registration can be obtained, and for stay and work longer than 90 days it is necessary to regulate the stay and work permit outside of the annual quota.
Where and how to apply
The certificate of work registration is issued by the police department or police station according to the place of conduct of the business or the seat of the employer (stay and work for up to 90 days).
The application for a stay and work permit is submitted to a competent police administration/station, depending on the place of residence/intended residence of a third-country national (work and stay longer than 90 days).
If the application for the stay and work permit is submitted for the first time by a third-country national who is obliged to possess a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia, the third-country national has to submit the relevant application at the diplomatic mission/consular office of the Republic of Croatia.
An application for a stay and work permit or work registration certificate may be submitted either by a third-country national or a host entity/company.
The administrative fee for issuing the certificate of work registration is HRK 105 (approximately EUR 14.2). The administrative fee for issuing the stay and work permit (HRK 560, approx. EUR 75.6), fee in the amount of HRK 240 (approximately EUR 32.4) for the production of biometric residence permit and administrative fee of HRK 70 (approximately EUR 9.5) to create a biometric residence permit.
The indicative processing time is 1 day for a work registration certificate and 30-60 days for a stay and work permit.
The stay and work permit will be provided by the police department, or the police station to the third-country national and the employer as well as the regional offices or branches of the tax administration competent by the seat of the legal or natural person using the services of the third-country national or the place where the contracted work will be carried out.
If a third-country national requires a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia, it can be issued in a diplomatic mission, namely the Consular Office of the Republic of Croatia, or it may be issued by a diplomatic mission, namely the Consulate office of another State with which the Republic of Croatia has concluded a visa representation agreement.
Work registration certificate:
Stay and work permit outside the annual quota
It may be granted to a volunteer if he/she fulfils the general conditions:
Upon issuance of the residence permit, the third-country national shall be reported as insured by the Croatian Health Insurance Institute, in accordance with the Act on compulsory health insurance and health protection of foreigners in the Republic of Croatia (Official Gazette, Number: 80/13 and 15/18).
Duration of validity of permits/visas
The registration certificate shall be issued with a validity of 90 days. A volunteer who has been issued a certificate of employment with validity of up to 90 days, who intends to stay longer than 90 days, may request the granting of a stay and work permit.
The stay and work permit shall be issued to a volunteer with validity of up to one year.
Conditions for renewal
A stay and work permit can be extended for a maximum of six more months, if it is required by the volunteer program.
An application for granting prolonged temporary stay for the purpose of employment (stay and work permit) is submitted at a competent police administration/station according to the place of temporary residence or the registered office of the employer at least 60 days prior to the expiry of the valid temporary stay and work permit.
A stay and work permit will be provided to the third-country national and the employer by the police department, or police station.
If a third-country national needs a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia, it can be issued by a diplomatic mission, namely the Consular Office of the Republic of Croatia, or it can be issued by a diplomatic mission, namely the consular office of another State with which the Republic Croatia has concluded a visa-issuing contract.
An appeal may be filed against a decision on issuing a stay and work permit within 15 days since the day it has been served. A Review Commission decides on the appeal in proceedings conducted in line with the provisions of the Aliens Act.
Change of status
A volunteer may apply for the issuance of a new authorisation for a temporary stay for another purpose, e.g. family reunification at the police department or police station.
A family member can regulate a temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification under the terms listed on the "Family members" page.
The stay as a volunteer is counted in the period of residence to be eligible for long-term/permanent residence in the Republic of Croatia.
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