Stay and work of highly-qualified third-country nationals

Issuance of a stay and work permit (EU blue card)

Highly-qualified third-country nationals have to apply for a stay and work permit (Form 1 – Ordinance on the stay and work of highly-qualified third-country nationals in the Republic of Croatia, Official Gazette 120/12, 81/13 and 38/15) at a diplomatic mission/consular post of the Republic of Croatia or at a police administration/police station according to their place of stay.

A stay and work permit (EU blue card) for highly-qualified third-country nationals is at the same time a permit to temporarily stay and work in the Republic of Croatia.

A stay and work permit may be granted to third-country nationals who meet the requirements referred to in Article 54 of the Aliens Act and who enclose the following documents:

a contract of employment or any other appropriate contract for a highly-qualified job, for a period of at least a year (the enclosed contract of employment or other appropriate contract has to indicate a gross annual salary which should amount to at least one and a half average gross annual salary according to the official data published by the competent Statistics Office),

proof of a university degree, bachelor’s and master’s degree, or integrated bachelor’s/master’s degree or specialised master’s degree.

A stay and work permit (EU blue card) is issued to third-country nationals in a form of a residence permit.

Administrative fee: When the application is submitted at a police administration/police station, aliens have to pay HRK 560 for the issuance of a stay and work permit and HRK 240 for the issuance of a biometric residence card. Both amounts are paid with a payment slip (separately) to the state budget account, IBAN of which can be obtained at a police administration/police station.

An administrative fee in the amount of HRK 70 is also to be paid for a biometric residence card to the state budget IBAN account or in revenue stamps.

NOTE: The administrative fee for the issuance of a stay and work permit (HRK 560) may also be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR64, reference number: 5002-713-OIB (OIB of an alien who administrative fee is being paid for).

Aliens who have not been assigned an OIB will have to enter the following reference number: 5002-713-the number of their valid travel document/identity card.

(IMPORTANT: maximum a ten-digit number, and if the number starts with zeros (0), they are omitted. Letter symbols, slashes, full stops, commas etc. are NOT to be written).

For example, if the travel document/identity card number of a foreign national is AZ004586, then the reference number reads: 5002-713-4586 (without letter symbols and zeros, maximum a ten-digit number).

The fee for the issuance of a biometric residence permit in the amount of HRK 240 may also be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR65, reference number: 7005-485-OIB (OIB of an alien who administrative fee is being paid for).

Aliens who have not been assigned an OIB will have to enter the following reference number: 7005-485-RKP-file number.

The administrative fee for a biometric residence permit in the amount of HRK 70 may also be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR64, reference number: 5002-713-OIB.

Aliens who have not been assigned an OIB will have to enter the following reference number: 5002-713- the number of their valid travel document/identity card.


Working on the basis of an EU blue card

Third-country nationals who have been issued an EU blue card (hereinafter: EU blue card holders) may work in the Republic of Croatia only at jobs that their stay and work permit has been issued for and only with the employer they have entered into employment with.

EU blue card renewal

An application for an EU blue card renewal is submitted at a police administration/police station according to the place of stay of an EU blue card holder not later than 30 days before the expiry of a valid permit.

EU blue card holders who have applied for the renewal of their stay and work permit before it expires may stay in the Republic of Croatia until the decision concerning their application becomes enforceable.

Temporary stay of a family member of an EU blue card holder

Temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification may be granted to a family member of an EU blue card holder referred to in Article 56 of the Aliens Act under the conditions prescribed by the said Act.

An application for family reunification (Form 1a – Ordinance on the status and work of third-country nationals in the Republic of Croatia) may be submitted at a diplomatic mission/consular post of the Republic of Croatia or at a police administration/police station according to one’s place of stay.

Temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification is proved in line with the provisions of the existing Ordinance on the status and work of third-country nationals in the Republic of Croatia. It is granted for the time corresponding to the validity of an EU blue card issued to a third-country national with whom reunification in the Republic of Croatia is applied for.

Permanent stay of EU blue card holders

Permanent stay may be granted to EU blue card holders who have had an EU blue card in the Republic of Croatia for an uninterrupted period of 5 years prior to the day of their application.

Exceptionally, permanent stay may be granted to third-country nationals who have lived in other EU Member States as EU blue card holders for an uninterrupted period of 5 years, at least 2 of which as EU blue card holders in the Republic of Croatia prior to submitting their application.

Permanent stay may be granted to EU blue card holders who meet the requirements referred to in Article 96, paragraph 1 of the Aliens Act.