UPDATES RELATED TO FOREIGN WORKERS IN THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA
Foreign workers in the Republic of Croatia can be divided into several categories. Employment of citizens of EU member states and citizens of countries within the EEA, as well as their family members, are regulated separately from employment of citizens that do not fall under the mentioned groups, i.e. citizens of third-party countries.
1. EU CITIZENS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS
Citizens of Lichtenstein, Kingdom of Norway, Iceland and the Confederation of Switzerland and their family members are, as members of the EEA, included into this category. They are, therefore, authorized to work in the Republic of Croatia without work and residence permit in accordance with the freedom to provide services and the freedom of movement for persons.
If EEA citizens want to reside in the Republic of Croatia for a period longer than 3 months up to maximum one year, they need to present a valid ID or passport and a valid certificate of employment or a proof of self-employment in order to acquire the temporary residence certificate.
Considering the enforced restrictions during the transitional period (ending on July 1st 2015) citizens of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are considered to be citizens of third-party countries and are required to obtain a valid work permit. In addition, two bilateral agreements are applied to German citizens.
One of them is The Agreement of Employment for Professional and Language Development which is setting the number of temporary employed workers for professional and language development at a maximum of 500 for each of the two involved countries per year. These workers are to be employed upon acquiring a valid work permit.
The second agreement was entered into by the Croatian and German employment services and regulates the process of employment of Croatian seasonal workers in the field of agriculture, hospitality and entertainment, as well as medical technicians and nurses with necessary licensing. This agreement allows long term or permanent employment through the valid work permit.
2. CITIZENS OF THIRD-PARTY COUNTRIES WITH PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN OTHER EEA COUNTRIES OR WHO HAVE OBTAINED THE “EU BLUE CARD”
Foreigners, who are not citizens of EEA countries, but have a permanent residence in one of them, will be granted temporary stay for the purpose of work in the Republic of Croatia if they can provide a valid passport, proof of means of supporting themselves and their family members, proof of healthcare, proof that they are not forbidden to enter the Republic of Croatia, and that they are not a threat to community, national security and public health.
When an “EU Blue Card” has been issued in one of the EEA member states, the cardholder can file for work and residence permit in the Republic of Croatia presenting all the above listed documentation and proof that the “EU Blue Card” has been issued in one of the EEA member states for a period of at least 18 months.
The “EU blue card” is issued for highly qualified third-party country individuals and serves as temporary residence and work permit. In order to obtain this card, highly qualified individuals need to file for residence and work permit at the Croatian embassy or consulate in the country of their permanent residency or at the Police department of the chosen temporary residence.