Work of third-country nationals in the Republic of Croatia

Pursuant to the provisions of the Aliens Act, third-country nationals may stay and work in the Republic of Croatia on the basis of:
  • a stay and work permit,
  • a work registration certificate (work registration certificate with a validity of up to 90 days or work registration certificate with a validity of up to 30 days in a calendar year - Articles 140-144 of the Aliens Act), or
  • without a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate (the above category of third-country nationals)  

Stay and work permits based on the labour market test and the opinion of the Croatian Employment Service
In order to employ third-country nationals, employers have to request a labour market test and the opinion of the Croatian Employment Service.

Stay and work permits without the labour market test, but with the opinion of the Croatian Employment Service
The Management Board of the Croatian Employment Service will issue a decision on high demand professions which will be published on the website of the Croatian Employment Service. No labour market test is required for those professions.

Stay and work permits without the labour market test and without the opinion of the Croatian Employment Service
- in case the validity of a stay and work permit is extended for the same employer and the same third-country national
- seasonal employment in agriculture, forestry, hospitality industry and tourism for up to 90 days in a calendar year
- a stay and work permit is issued pursuant to Article 110 of the Aliens Act (e.g. key personnel in companies, self-employment in a company/sole trade in which they hold an ownership share of at least 51%, EU Blue Card, intra-corporate transferees, service providers, volunteers, trainees, crew members, etc.)