REGULATING STAY AND WORK OF FOREIGNERS IN CROATIA
The conditions for granting temporary or permanent stay to foreigners are regulated by the Foreigners Act (Official Gazette no. 130/2011, 74/2013) and accompanying bylaws.
CATEGORIES OF FOREIGNERS
The Foreigners Act divides the foreigners who wish to stay or work in Croatia into several categories. The documents submitted with the application depend on the category. Those categories are:
1. SHORT-TERM STAY REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
Short-term stay is a stay of a foreign national of up to 90 days in any period of 180 days on the basis of a visa or without a visa.
All foreign nationals who are not exempted from this obligation under the provisions of the Foreigners Act must register for a short-term stay.
The following are exempted from the obligation to register for short-term stay:
Nationals of a Third State who is required to register for a short-term stay shall on his/her own register within 2 days from the date of entry i.e. from the change of accommodation.
If not done by the foreign national in person, the short-term stay of a foreign national shall be registered by the accommodation provider (commercial accommodation providers - hotels, hostels, camping sites etc., and non-commercial accommodation providers – relatives, friends etc.) within 1 day od from the arrival of the foreign national.
A short-term stay shall be reported with the Police Department or police station in charge by the place of accommodation of the foreign national, and it may also be effected online.
A foreign national who owns an apartment/vacation home may also register for a short-term stay with the Tourist Board and also include his/her friends/relatives.
If the foreign national is going to be accommodated on board a vessel, he/she shall register for a short-term stay with
The short-term stay registration form (Form 8a) is available at http://www.mup.hr/UserDocsImages/Dokumenti/stranci/2013/Obrazac%208a.pdf.
2. NATIONALS OF EEA MEMBER STATES AND THEIR FAMILY
Nationals of EEA member states or the Swiss Confederation and their family members, or family members of Croatian nationals intending to stay in Croatia longer than three months have to register temporary residence no later than eight days before the end of the three-month stay at the competent police administration or police station depending on the address.
Certificate of registered temporary residence is issued in the form of a biometric residence permit valid for up to five years.
Work of nationals of EU member states and their family members
Nationals of EU member states and their family members can work and provide services in Croatia with no residence or work permit and no work registration certificate.
However, according to Article 236 of the Foreigners Act, the Government of the Republic of Croatia may after accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union, by its Ordinance, lay down implementation rules referring to work of nationals of the European Union Member States and members of their families and which are being implemented at the time of signing a Treaty of Accession, with regard to nationals of those Member States that are to implement national measures or measures resulting from Bilateral Agreements, for the period of implementation of such measures.
List of EU member countries that have limited access to their labour market for Croatian nationals can be found on the website of the Ministry of Labour and Pension System (http://www.mrms.hr).
Based on reciprocity, for nationals of those EU member states and members of their families restrictions apply in accessing Croatia’s labour market, therefore said foreigners can regulate their legal work status in the following manner:
Said regulations will remain in effect until EU member states begin applying the same national work regulations in regard to Croatian nationals and their family members.
3. THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS WITH PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN AN EEA MEMBER STATE AND THEIR FAMILY
Foreigners from this category can submit their temporary residence application at the diplomatic mission/consular post of Croatia in the EEA member state they have permanent residence in or at the police administration/station in Croatia.
Temporary residence to a third-country national with permanent residence in another EEA member state will be approved if they have:
4. HIGHLY-QUALIFIED THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS
Issuing residence and work permit – the EU Blue Card
Highly-qualified third-country nationals have to submit their application for work and residence permit at the diplomatic mission/consular post of Croatia or at the police administration/station in their intended place of residence.
Residence and work permit (the EU Blue Card) simultaneously grants temporary residence and work in Croatia.
Residence and work permit can be granted to third-country nationals who meet the criteria stated in Article 54 of the Foreigners Act (a valid passport, health insurance, proof they have means of support) and enclose:
The residence and work permit (the EU Blue Card) is issued in the form of biometric residence permit.
5. THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS
Temporary residence may be granted on the following grounds:
Foreigners who do not need a visa for entering Croatia can submit their temporary residence application to the police administration/police station according to the intended place of residence, employer’s location or place of work.
Foreigners who do need a visa for entering Croatia submit their temporary residence or work and residence application to a diplomatic mission/consular post of Croatia. Exceptionally, they can submit the application to the police administration/police station according to the intended place of residence if:
The following must be enclosed with the application:
Documents enclosed with the application must be either original or a certified copy, while foreign documents have to be translated into Croatian language and certified in line with special regulations.
Documents must not be older than six months.
Within 30 days of receiving the notification that their temporary stay has been granted, foreigners have to report their residence to the police administration/station. Failing to do so within said time period, the temporary stay permission/work and residence permit become invalid.
For more detailed information on the stay of aliens, visit the website of the Ministry of the Interior: www.mup.hr