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Stay and work permit

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 are issued by the competent police authority/station.

A stay and work permit are 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 Alien who meet the prerequisites for a temporary stay permit and who provide the following:

  1. a contract of employment or a written confirmation that a contract of employment has been concluded or any other relevant contract,
  2. proof of educational background and qualifications,
  3. 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:

  1. Frontier workers under the condition of reciprocity,
  2. Key staff, service providers, workers and members of their families whose status is regulated by the Stabilization and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States and the Republic of Croatia,
  3. Third-country citizens who carry out key business activities in companies, branches and representative offices,
  4. Other necessary persons as defined in the Protocol on the Accession of the Republic of Croatia to the Marrakech Agreement on the Founding of the World Trade Organization,
  5. A third-country citizen who is self-employed in a company in which he has a holding of at least 51% or in a craft in which he is the sole owner,
  6. To a worker who carries out services on behalf of a foreign employer who has no right of establishment in a Member State of the EGP,
  7. Teachers who are teaching in schools in the language and script of national minorities,
  8. Professional athletes or sports workers working in the Republic of Croatia,
  9. Artists working in cultural institutions in the Republic of Croatia,
  10. Third country nationals who work in foreign associations registered as foreign associations in the Republic of Croatia and at least three other states,
  11. Citizens of third countries who are members of the founding bodies of representative offices of foreign trusts and foundations and registered in the Register of representative offices of foreign trusts and foundations in the Republic of Croatia,
  12. Third-country nationals working on the Youth Mobility Program implemented by the Republic of Croatia in cooperation with other States,
  13. Scientific researchers and third-country nationals who are employed in scientific, scientific-educational, or other research positions in scientific legal entities,
  14. Professors – native speakers of foreign languages, lecturers and other teachers teaching at Croatian higher education institutions or registered foreign language schools,
  15. Third-country nationals working on an international contract other than the contract referred to in Article 79, paragraph 1, item 2 of the Aliens Act,
  16. A person with a long-term resident in another EEA Member State,
  17. Key staff, workers and members of their families whose status is regulated by the Stabilization and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States and the Republic of Croatia,
  18. A third-country national transferred within a company for the purpose of long-term mobility in accordance with Article 79.c of the Aliens Act,
  19. Third-country nationals who come for a certain period of time to perform certain tasks in accordance with the agreements concluded by the Government of the Republic of Croatia with third countries,
  20. A third-country national who is doing specialization in the Republic of Croatia in healthcare activities in accordance with special regulations.

The said categories of third-country citizens 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:

  1. a contract of employment, or a written confirmation that a contract of employment has been concluded, or any other relevant contract,
  2. proof of educational background and qualifications,
  3. proof of the registration of a company, branch office, representative office, trade, association or institution in the Republic of Croatia,
  4. explanation on the justifiable 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 third-country citizens 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:

  1. 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,
  2. at least 3 Croatian citizens 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
  3. the third-country citizen’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 third-country citizens performing key activities for the same employer, except for citizens of the EU, a stay and work permit may be issued if they meet the criteria referred to above and if:

  1. for each third-country citizen employed, there are at least five Croatian citizens employed on jobs other than procurator, member of the management board or member of the supervisory board,
  2. 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
  3. the third-country citizen’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.

Third-country citizens 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:

  1. they have invested at least HRK 200,000.00 in the establishment of a company or trade,
  2. at least 3 Croatian citizens are employed,
  3. the third-country citizen’s gross salary is at least in the amount of an average gross salary paid in the Republic of Croatia, according to the latest officially published data of the competent statistical body, while a third-country national who is self-employed in his own craft must prove that the amount earned by the self-employed is at least the average monthly paid net wage in the Republic of Croatia according to the latest officially published data of the competent statistical body.
  4. the company or trade does not do business at a loss,
  1. they provide proof of having settled the tax obligations and contributions in the Republic of Croatia.

Third-country citizens – 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 third-country citizens who meet the prerequisites for temporary stay and:

  1. 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
  2. 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 organisation.
From January 1, 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Craft is in charge of investments processes in Croatia – invest@mingo.hr.