Stay and Work Permits and Visa

According to the Aliens Act it is enacted that an alien can work in Croatia based on a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate.

Aliens may work without stay and work permit if they are granted:

  • permanent residence
  • asylum, subsidiary or temporary protection,
  • temporary residence for the purpose of family reunification with a Croatian citizen, alien with permanent residence, asylum seeker, and a foreigner who has been granted subsidiary or temporary protection,
  • temporary residence on humanitarian grounds
  • autonomous stay,
  • status of a regular student or student when performing transactions through authorized agents, without employment,
  • temporary residence for the purpose of scientific research that has been approved by a hosting agreement.

Stay and Work Permit

Stay and work permit is a unique permit that allows an alien temporary stay and work in Croatia. The stay and work permit is issued by the competent police authority/station.

A stay and work permit is issued based on an annual quota and outside of it. A decision on the annual quota is made by the Government of the Republic of Croatia and shall be published in the Official Gazette.

A stay and work permit based on the annual quota shall be granted to aliens who meet the prerequisites for a temporary stay permit and who provide the following:

  • a contract of employment or a written confirmation that a contract of employment has been concluded or any other relevant contract,
  • proof of educational background and qualifications,
  • proof of the registration of a company, branch office, representative office, trade, association or institution in the Republic of Croatia.

Permits to stay and work outside the annual quota may be issued to:

  • Daily Migrants under the condition of reciprocity,
  • Key personnel, service providers, employees and their family members whose status is regulated by the Stabilization and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States and the Republic of Croatia (applies to EU nationals)
  • Aliens holding key positions in companies, branches and representative offices,
  • Aliens who have moved within the Company through internal staff transfers within companies and other necessary persons, as defined in the Protocol on the Accession of the Republic of Croatia to Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization,
  • A self-employed foreigner in their own company or in a company in which they have an ownership interest greater than 51% or in their own craft,
  • Workers who perform services for or on behalf of a foreign employer who does not have the right of establishment in an EEA Member State (a foreign employer is registered in a country which is not a member of EEA, such as Bosnia & Herzegovina, Russian Federation etc.)
  • Teachers who teach in schools in the language and script of national minorities,
  • Professional athletes or sports professionals who work in the Republic of Croatia,
  • Artists working in cultural institutions in the Republic of Croatia,
  • Aliens who are employed in foreign organizations that are registered as foreign NGOs in the Republic of Croatia and at least three other states,
  • Aliens who are members of the representative bodies of foreign foundations and trusts registered with the Register of representative offices of foreign foundations and trusts in the Republic of Croatia
  • Aliens who work on youth mobility programs that the Republic of Croatia is carrying out in cooperation with other countries,
  • Scientific researchers, and foreigners who are employed in scientific, scientific – educational or other research positions in academic entities,
  • teachers – native speakers of foreign languages, lecturers and other teachers who teach at Croatian universities or registered language schools,
  • aliens who work on the basis of international agreements.

The said categories of aliens may be granted a stay and work permit outside the annual quota if they meet the criteria for temporary stay and if they provide the following:

  • a contract of employment, or a written confirmation that a contract of employment has been concluded, or any other relevant contract,
  • proof of educational background and qualifications,
  • proof of the registration of a company, branch office, representative office, trade, association or institution in the Republic of Croatia,explanation on the justifiability of employment of an alien that contains information on the alien’s professional knowledge, qualifications and work experience, and the reasons why this position cannot be assigned to a Croatian national on a labour market (apart from aliens under items 2, 4, 5, 6 and 13).

A stay and work permit may be issued to aliens referred who are to perform key activities in a company, branch office or representative office, except for citizens of the EU, if they meet the criteria referred to above and if:

  • the value of the company’s share capital, i.e. assets of a limited partnership or a general partnership exceed the amount of HRK 100,000.00,
  • at least 3 Croatian nationals are employed in the company, branch office or representative office of a foreign company on jobs other than the procurator, member of the management board or supervisory board, and if
  • the alien’s gross salary is at least in the amount of an average gross salary paid in the Republic of Croatia in the previous year, according to the official data published by the competent statistical agency.

If there are several aliens performing key activities for the same employer, except for citizens oft he EU, a stay and work permit may be issued if they meet the criteria referred to above and if:

  • for each alien employed, there are at least five Croatian nationals employed on jobs other than procurator, member of the management board or member of the supervisory board,
  • the value of the company’s share capital, i.e. assets of a limited partnership or a general partnership exceed the amount of HRK 100,000.00, and
  • the alien’s gross salary is at least in the amount of an average gross salary paid in the Republic of Croatia in the previous year, according to the official data published by the competent statistical agency.

Aliens who are to be self-employed in their own company or in a company in which they hold a share of more than 51%, or in their own trade, except for citizens of the EU may be issued a stay and work permit if they meet the criteria and if:

  • they have invested at least HRK 200,000.00 in the establishment of a company or trade,
    at least 3 Croatian nationals are employed,
  • the alien’s gross salary is at least in the amount of an average gross salary paid in the Republic of Croatia in the previous year,
  • the company or trade does not do business at a loss,
  • they provide proof of having settled the tax obligations and contributions in the Republic of Croatia.

Aliens – providers of services may be issued a stay and work permit if they meet the criteria referred to above and if the service provider is employed with a foreign employer and has adequate qualifications, and the foreign employer has concluded a contract with a company or trade in the Republic of Croatia, provided that the services concerned involve specific services in the area of high technology and that the provision of such services is in the interest of the Republic of Croatia.

Work permit outside the annual quota may be granted to aliens who meet the prerequisites for temporary stay and:

  • who perform key activities in a company that is a beneficiary of incentive measures in accordance with the regulation on investment incentives, or who hold an ownership share in such company of at least 51%, and the company
  • who perform jobs or carry out projects in the Republic of Croatia pursuant to international treaties on professional and technical assistance that the Republic of Croatia has concluded with the European Union, some other state or an international organization.
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