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.

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 (Article 247-254 of the Aliens Act (Official Gazette No 133/20).



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 for withdrawing the temporary stay permit ( Article 87, 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,
  6. the employer no longer meets the conditions to be issued with a positive opinion of the Croatian Employment Service (Article 99, paragraph 1 of the Aliens Act),
  7. it is established upon inquiring with the Tax Administration or checking the Central Registry of Affiliates that the employer has not been paying salaries and/or contributions,
  8. the employer or the third-country national submitted a proposal for the withdrawal of the permit,
  9. the employer has been sanctioned for undeclared work and/or illegal employment.



TEMPORARY STAY EXPIRY

Pursuant to Article 87 of the Aliens Act, temporary stay of a third-country national expires if:
  1. the conditions for granting temporary stay cease to exist,
  2. he has been forbidden to enter into the Republic of Croatia and stay in the Republic of Croatia, or if an alert has been issued in SIS for the purpose of forbidding his entry,
  3. he fails to register his temporary residence with a police administration or a police station within 30 days from having been granted temporary stay or issued with a long-term visa,
  4. he cancels his temporary residence in the Republic of Croatia upon his own request,
  5. he stays abroad for a total of more than 90 days on multiple occasions or more than 30 days on a single occasion since the day he was granted temporary stay in the duration of up to one year,
  6. he stays abroad for a total of more than 180 days on multiple occasions or more than 60 days on a single occasion since the day he was granted temporary stay in the duration of up to two years,
  7. he has been staying in the Republic of Croatia contrary to the purpose of his temporary stay permit.

A third-country national may work in the Republic of Croatia without a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate if he has been granted:
 
  1. temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification with a Croatian citizen, third-country national who has been granted long-term residence, permanent stay, asylum or subsidiary protection in line with the legislation governing international protection,
  2. temporary stay for the purpose of life partnership with a Croatian citizen, third-country national who has been granted long-term residence, permanent stay, asylum or subsidiary protection in line with the legislation governing international protection,
  3. temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification or life partnership with a third-country national who has been issued with an EU Blue Card or a stay and work permit as an intra-corporate transferee,
  4. temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification or life partnership with a third-country national who has been granted long-term residence in another EEA Member State,
  5. temporary stay on humanitarian grounds,
  6. autonomous stay,
  7. temporary stay as a posted worker,
  8. temporary stay for the purpose of research referred to in Article 74 of the Aliens Act,
  9. temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification or life partnership with the researcher referred to in Article 74 of the Aliens Act,
  10. temporary stay for the purpose of university studies, if he is employed or self-employed for no more than 20 hours a week, unless the student internship is an integral part of the study programme,
  11. the status of a full-time pupil when he performs work through authorised agents, without entering into an employment relationship, for no more than 20 hours a week,
  12. temporary stay as a person with long-term residence in another EEA Member State,
  13. asylum or subsidiary protection, or if he is an applicant for international protection in line with the legislation governing international protection,
  14. long-term residence,
  15. permanent stay.