Work permit

Working in Europe | Work permit | Croatia

Whether you are a third-country national or EEA national you need a work permit in order to legally work in Croatia. Work permits are issued as stay permits by the competent police directorate or police station, according to place of business or registered seat of the employer.

 

Work registration certificate

Third-country researchers and researchers from EEA countries with which Croatia still has a mutual employment restriction in place until 1 July 2018 (Austria, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the UK), considered as third-country researchers and planning to stay and work in Croatia less than 90 days, need to apply for work registration certificate. Request for issuing work registration certificate can be submitted by researcher or host institution, to the police directorate or police station, according to the place of business or registered seat of the employer. The certificate shall be issued within 1 – 2 days and prior to obtaining the certificate, third–country researchers and EEA citizens are not allowed to work.

 

Documents needed to apply for work registration certificate are:

  • Written request for the issuance of work registration certificate
  • Contract, hosting agreement or other appropriate document proving the status of one of the above mentioned categories of foreigners
  • Original and copy of a valid travel document
  • Registration papers of the host institution
  • 20, 00 HRK.

 

Administrative fee upon request for issuance of work registration certificate is 20.00 HRK in government stamps and administrative fee in the amount of 150.00 HRK (approximately 20.00 EUR) for the issuance of the certificate needs to be paid to the IBAN of the State Budget.

 

 

Temporary stay for the purpose of employment/Stay and work permit

Third - country researchers and EEA citizens, planning to stay and work in Croatia, more than 90 days, based on an employment contract or any other contract containing essential elements of an employment contract need to apply for approval of temporary stay for the purpose of employment or stay and work permit.

 

A request for granting a stay and work permit for a third-country citizen, who does not need visa to enter Croatia, can be submitted by the employer or by the foreigner himself to the competent police directorate or police station according to the place of residence, registered seat of the employer or working place. In case third-country citizen needs visa, they must submit a request at a Croatian diplomatic mission or a consular post.

 

Exceptionally, in the case of researchers employed at scientific, scientific - teaching or other research positions; teachers - native speakers of foreign languages, foreign language assistants (lectors, editors) and other teachers who teach at Croatian universities or registered foreign language schools, who are third-country citizens and need a visa to enter and stay in Croatia, the request for a stay and work permit can be submitted to a police directorate or police station in Croatia!

 

Documents needed to apply for a stay and work permit are:

  • Application form 9a
  • One colour photograph (35 x 45 mm)
  • Proof of means of support*
  • Proof of health insurance**
  • Original and copy of a valid travel document
  • Employment contract or written proof of signed employment contract, or another appropriate contract
  • Evidence of the foreigner’s professional qualifications and skills
  • Proof of registration of a company, branch office, representative office, craft, association or institution in Croatia.

 

*Proof of means of support: The minimum amount of funds that a foreigner needs to have on a monthly basis for his/her own needs is 2,000.00 HRK. For a two-member family the minimum amount is 2,750.00 HRK, for a three-member family 3,250.00 HRK, and for every additional family member the amount is increased by additional 500.00 HRK. Proof of means of support can be an employment contract which shows the amount of future salary, or a confirmation from the employer about the salary which the foreigner will receive (in case of an application for first-time temporary stay for the purpose of employment).

 

**Proof of health insurance: In case a bilateral agreement on social security exists, the country of origin’s local health insurance authority must issue a document on the basis of which third-country national will be entitled to medical protection while in Croatia. For citizens of countries with which Croatia has an agreement on social insurance in place, the proof of health insurance is considered to be:

- a European Health Insurance Card, accepted by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund

- a patient’s certificate issued by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund

- a regular certificate of a foreign health insurance agency or

- any other proof provided under the agreement on social insurance.

 

If third-country citizens have been issued a certificate of a foreign health insurance agency or any other proof provided under the agreement on social insurance with a validity period shorter than the planned duration of their stay, upon the expiration of validity of said certificate, they are obliged to present a new one or contact the competent office of the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (Hrvatski zavod za zdravstveno osiguranje – HZZO), in order to establish their rights to health insurance for the remaining time of their valid stay. If third-country citizens cannot obtain any of the above mentioned proof when applying for the first temporary stay permit or they are citizens of countries with which Croatia has not concluded an agreement on social insurance or the agreement does not regulate health care, they are obliged to submit a travel insurance certificate. Moreover, upon their arrival in the Croatia and upon having been granted a temporary stay permit, they are obliged to procure a health insurance policy from the Croatian Health Insurance Fund as described.

 

The administrative fee upon request for issuance of stay and work permit is 20.00 HRK (if submitted in Croatia) and the administrative fee for granting the stay and work permit is 800.00 HRK (approximately 110.00 EUR) and additional 240.00 HRK (approximately 30.00 EUR) for the production of a biometric residence card. Documents required for the issuance of a biometric residence card are: passport, one colour photograph (30 x 35 mm) and confirmation of address registration. Biometric residence card should normally be issued within approximately three weeks from the submission of all required documents and needs to be returned to the police directorate before the final departure from Croatia.

 

All original documents must be officially translated into Croatian, and an “apostille” of all original documents and certified translations may be required. It is suggested to check with the Croatian diplomatic mission or consular post whether the need for an “apostille” exists. More information about ‘’apostille’’ is available here.

 

 

Temporary stay for the purpose of scientific research

Third-country researchers and EEA researchers, planning to work in Croatia on a research project for a period of more than 90 days, based on hosting agreement, need to apply for approval of temporary stay for the purpose of scientific research. Third-country researchers and EEA researchers may not start working prior to having obtained a temporary stay permit.

Procedure of hosting foreign researchers has three stages:

 

 

a) Stage 1 - Approval of scientific visit or accreditation for hosting researchers

The employer (host institution, legal person registered for scientific activity, research organisation) must write a request for the approval of a scientific visit or accreditation for hosting researchers and send it to the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (MSES) along with required documents.

More information on the procedure is available here.

 

b) Stage 2 – Hosting agreement

After the MSES issues an approval for scientific visit or an accreditation, the employer and the researcher should sign a hosting agreement. Hosting agreement is an agreement issued by a public or private research organisation to undertake a research project. The research organisation can only sign a hosting agreement with a researcher if there are funds available for the research and they are satisfied with the researcher's scientific skills. Hosting agreement has the effect of an employment agreement if it also contains essential clauses of an employment agreement according to Croatian Labour Law. Only a research organisation approved by the MSES can sign a hosting agreement with a foreign researcher.

 

c) Stage 3 – Temporary stay permit

An application for a first-time temporary stay permit for the purpose of scientific research can be submitted to a police directorate or police station or to a diplomatic mission or consular post of Croatia together with the visa application if required. If the foreigner is subject to the visa requirement, the application for a first-time temporary stay permit for the purpose of scientific research can be submitted to a police directorate or police station in Croatia after obtaining a visa.

 

Documents needed to apply for a first temporary stay permit for the purpose of scientific research are:

  • Application form 1a
  • Hosting agreement – original and copy
  • Commercial court excerpt for the host institution
  • One colour photograph (35 x 45 mm)
  • Proof of means of support *
  • Valid travel document – original and copy

 

*Proof of means of support: hosting agreement, employment contract or other contracts which show the amount of future salary, or a confirmation from the employer about the salary which the foreigner will receive.

 

Upon approval of temporary stay in Croatia third-country researcher and EEA researchers shall receive a biometric residence card. Documents required for the issuance of a biometric residence card are: passport, one colour photograph (30 x 35 mm) and confirmation of address registration. Also, confirmation on submission of application for the approval of temporary stay must be returned when applying for production of biometrical residence card. Biometric residence card should normally be issued within approximately three weeks from the submission of all required documents and needs to be returned to the police directorate before the final departure from Croatia .

 

The administrative fee upon request for the issuance of a permit for temporary stay is 20.00 HRK (if submitted in Croatia), the administrative fee for granting the permit for temporary stay is 500.00 HRK (approximately 70.00 EUR) and additional 240.00 HRK (approximately 30.00 EUR) for the production of biometric residence card.

 

It is recommended to start compiling documents at least 4 months prior to the arrival to Croatia and to submit them 3 months before arrival (please note that consular offices and police administration will not accept applications for temporary stay submitted earlier than 3 months before the stipulated arrival date).

 

All original documents must be officially translated into Croatian, and an “apostille” of all original documents and certified translations may be required. It is suggested to check with the Croatian diplomatic mission or consular post whether the need for an “apostille” exists.

 

More information about ‘’apostille’’ is available here.

 

 

Extending temporary stay for the purpose of scientific research

Third-country researchers and EEA researchers, who already have a valid temporary stay permit and plan to extend their stay in Croatia over one year, need to apply for extension of temporary stay at the competent police directorate or police station. Foreign researcher needs to apply for extension of temporary stay at the latest 60 days before the expiration of the current temporary stay permit. Otherwise a fine is prescribed in the amount of 500.00 HRK up to 5,000.00 HRK (approximately 70.00 EUR up to 650.00 EUR).

 

First, the host institution needs to prepare a new hosting agreement and notify the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (as in the case of a first temporary stay) – if the hosting agreement has been concluded for a period of one year the first time. If not, the same hosting agreement concluded for the whole period of research is submitted for each extension.

 

Documents needed to extend the temporary stay permit for the purpose of scientific research are:

Application form 1a

• Hosting agreement - original and a copy

• Approval of scientific visit or accreditation for hosting foreign researchers – a copy

Court registry excerpt for hosting institution

• One colour photograph (35 x 45 mm)

• Passport - original and a copy

 

The procedure for extending temporary stay granted on some other grounds is the same; you only need to present specific proof for the purpose of your stay in Croatia (work, studies, family reunification etc.). An application to extend temporary stay should be submitted to the police directorate or police station.

 

The administrative fee upon the request for extending of permit for temporary stay is 20.00 HRK, the administrative fee for granting the permit for temporary stay is 500.00 HRK (approximately 65.00 EUR) and additional 240.00 HRK (approximately 30.00 EUR) for the production of a biometric residence card. When applying for production of new biometrical residence card, the old one should be returned to the police directorate or police station.

 

 


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