Work of third-country nationals

The Aliens Act lays down that third-country nationals may work in the Republic of Croatia based on a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate, unless provided for otherwise by the Act.

A stay and work permit is a single permit that allows third-country nationals to temporarily stay and work in the Republic of Croatia.

A stay and work permit is issued under the annual quota and outside the annual quota.

The Decision on the annual quota of permits is adopted by the Government of the Republic of Croatia and it is published in the Official Gazette.

ATTENTION: Third-country nationals may work in the Republic of Croatia only on those jobs for which they have been granted a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate and only with those employers with which they have entered into employment.

Employers may employ third-country nationals only on those jobs for which they have been granted a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate.

Employers cannot employ third-country nationals staying in the Republic of Croatia illegally, nor can they make use of their work.

Misdemeanour provisions of the Aliens Act lay down fines and measures to be taken if the said rules are not complied with.



MISDEMEANOUR SANCTIONS

A fine in the amount ranging from HRK 10,000 to HRK 15,000 for each third-country national will be imposed on an employer – a natural person with whom a third-country national has entered into employment or who has been using his/her work, whereas a fine in the amount ranging from HRK 50,000 to HRK 100,000 for each third-country national will be imposed on an employer – a legal person with whom a third-country national has entered into employment or who has been using his/her work:
  1. if the employer employs a third-country national who does not have a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate (Article 73, paragraph 1 of the Aliens Act),
  2. if the employer employs a third-country national contrary to the provision of Article 73, paragraph 6 of the Aliens Act (a third-country national is employed on jobs other than those for which he/she has been granted a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate).

A protection measure forbidding the employer to perform business activities may be imposed for misdemeanour offences referred to in items 1 and 2 above.

A fine in the amount ranging from HRK 10,000 to HRK 30,000 for each third-country national will be imposed on an employer – a natural person who employs a third-country national staying in the Republic of Croatia illegally or who has been using his/her work, whereas a fine in the amount ranging from HRK 70,000 to HRK 150,000 for each third-country national will be imposed on an employer – a legal person who employs a third-country nationals staying in the Republic of Croatia illegally or who has been using his/her work (Article 73, paragraph 7 of the Aliens Act). A protection measure forbidding the employer to perform business activities may be imposed for this misdemeanour offence.

A fine in the amount ranging from HRK 5,000 to HRK 7,000 will be imposed on an employer – a legal person who failed to notify a police administration/police station that the conditions on the basis of which a stay and work permit was issued no longer exist (Article 91, paragraph 2 of the Aliens Act).

A fine in the amount ranging from HRK 500 to HRK 3,000 will be imposed on an employer – a natural person and a responsible person in a legal person who failed to notify a police administration/police station that the conditions on the basis of which a stay and work permit was issued no longer exist (Article 91, paragraph 2 of the Aliens Act).


STAY AND WORK PERMIT EXPIRY

A stay and work permit expires if:
  1. the conditions are met under Article 72, paragraph 1 of the Aliens Act,
  2. the conditions on the basis of which it was issued no longer exist,
  3. a third-country national performs activities for which he/she has not been granted a stay and work permit,
  4. a third-country national works for the employer for which he/she has not been granted a stay and work permit,
  5. a third-country national or the employer fail to comply with labour, health and pension insurance regulations and other regulations that need to be complied with when performing the relevant activities.


TEMPORARY STAY EXPIRY

Pursuant to Article 72 of the Aliens Act, temporary stay of third-country nationals expires:

1. when the conditions on the basis of which temporary stay was granted no longer exist, 2. if they have been imposed a ban on entry and stay, 3. if they fail to register their temporary residence address to the police administration/police station within 30 days from the day they were granted temporary stay, 4. if they move out of the Republic of Croatia or stay abroad for a continuous period of more than 30 days, 5. if they are staying in the Republic of Croatia contrary to the purpose for which they were granted temporary stay.

Third-country nationals may work in the Republic of Croatia without a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate if they have been granted:
  • 1. permanent stay,
  • 2. international or temporary protection, or if they are applicants for international protection under the conditions governed by special legislation,
  • 3. temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification with a Croatian national, a third-country national on permanent stay, an asylee, or a third-country national who has been granted subsidiary or temporary protection,
  • 4. temporary stay on humanitarian grounds,
  • 5. temporary stay for the purpose of life partnership with a Croatian national, a third-country national who has been granted permanent stay or who has been granted international or temporary protection,
  • 6. autonomous stay,
  • 7. a status of a full-time pupil or student when they perform activities through the mediation of authorised agents, without entering into employment,
  • 8. temporary stay for the purpose of scientific research under a hosting agreement.