Stay and work permits outside the annual quota

A stay and work permit outside the annual quota (Article 76 of the Aliens Act) may be issued to:
  • frontier workers under the condition of reciprocity,
  • aliens performing key activities in companies, branch offices and representative offices,
  • other key personnel as defined by the Protocol of Accession of Croatia to the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization,
  • third-country nationals self-employed in a company in which they hold a share of more than 51%, or in a sole trade in which they are the only owner,
  • workers who provide services on behalf or for a foreign employer with no right of establishment in an EEA Member State,
  • teachers and lecturers who do their teaching at educational institutions in the language and script of national minorities,
  • professional athletes or sports workers working in the Republic of Croatia,
  • artists working at cultural institutions in the Republic of Croatia,
  • aliens who have entered into employment with foreign associations registered as foreign associations in the Republic of Croatia and at least three other countries,
  • aliens who are members of trust bodies of the representative offices of foreign trusts and foundations registered in the Register of the Representative Offices of Foreign Trusts and Foundations in the Republic of Croatia,
  • aliens working under youth mobility programmes being carried out by the Republic of Croatia in cooperation with other countries,
  • scientific researchers and aliens employed for scientific, scientific teaching or other research positions in legal persons in the scientific domain,
  • teachers/professors – native speakers of foreign languages, foreign language instructors and other lecturers who teach at Croatian universities or registered foreign language schools,
  • aliens working pursuant to international treaties, other than the treaty referred to in Article 79, paragraph 1, item 2 of the Aliens Act,
  • persons with long-term residence in another EEA Member State,
  • key personnel, workers and their family members, whose status has been regulated by the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, and the Republic of Croatia,
  • third-country nationals who are intra-corporate transferees for the purpose of long-term mobility pursuant to Article 79(c) of the Aliens Act.

The requirements that need to be met for a stay and work permit to be issued are laid down in Articles 77 and 78 of the Aliens Act.

INVESTORS – A stay and work permit outside the annual quota may be granted to third-country nationals who meet the requirements for temporary stay and who:
  • perform key activities in a company pursuant to Article 76, paragraph 2 of the Aliens Act or who hold a share of at least 51% in the said company which:
    • is a recipient of incentive measures in line with a regulation on investment promotion, or
    • carries out strategic investment projects in line with a regulation on strategic investment projects of the Republic of Croatia,
  • perform activities or carry out projects in the Republic of Croatia pursuant to international agreements on expert and technical assistance concluded by the Republic of Croatia with the European Union, other countries or international organisations.

The following documents have to be enclosed to the application for a stay and work permit outside the annual quota:
  • a colour photograph, 35x45mm,
  • a copy of a valid travel document,
  • proof of health insurance,
  • proof of sufficient funds to support oneself,
  • a contract of employment or a written confirmation that a contract of employment or any other relevant contract has been concluded (except for third-country nationals who are self-employed in their own sole trade),
  • proof of educational background and qualifications (except for third-country nationals referred to in Article 76, paragraph 1, items 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, and 15 of the Aliens Act),
  • proof of the registration of a company, branch office, representative office, sole trade, association or institution in the Republic of Croatia (extracts from the relevant registers should not be dated more than six months),
  • explanation on the justifiability of employing a third-country national 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 (except in cases referred to in Article 76, paragraph 1, items 2, 4, 5, 6 and 13),
  • other proof as stated below, depending on the legal provisions on the basis of which a stay and work permit is applied for.

An appeal may be lodged against the decision of the competent police administration/police station on issuing a stay and work permit (unless the annual quota is full or has not been determined, in which case an administrative dispute may be initiated).

If the application is approved, a biometric residence permit is issued.

If the application is submitted at a diplomatic mission/consular post, a third-country national will be informed of the decision being reached and invited to come to the competent police administration/police station to provide his/her biometric data necessary for issuing a residence permit.

A third-country national has to register his/her temporary residence address at the competent police administration/police station within three days from entering the Republic of Croatia.

Administrative fee: If an application is submitted at a police administration/police station, aliens have to pay the amount of HRK 560 to be issued a stay and work permit and HRK 240 for the production of a biometric residence permit. Both amounts have to be paid with a payment slip (separately) to the state budget account, IBAN code of which is obtained at the competent police administration/police station. An additional administrative fee in the amount of HRK 70 has to be paid for the issuance of a biometric residence permit either to the IBAN code of the state budget or in revenue stamps.

NOTE: The administrative fee for 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 (personal identification number (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 also NOT to be written).

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

The amount of HRK 240 for the production of a biometric residence permit may also be paid via internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR65, reference number: 7005-485-OIB (personal identification number (OIB) of an alien who payment is being made for).

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

An administrative fee in the amount of HRK 70 for a biometric residence permit 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.

(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 also NOT to be written).

EXTENDING A STAY AND WORK PERMIT

An application for the extension is submitted to a police administration/police station no later than 60 days before the expiry of a valid stay and work permit. A fine will be imposed on a third-country national who fails to apply for the extension of a stay and work permit within the prescribed deadline.