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Croatia Work Visas & Permits

As a member of the European Union (EU) experiencing economic growth and stability, Croatia is a great place for both companies and workers. If you’re considering an expansion to Croatia, you need to know how to get a Croatia work visa for every employee. Without these visas in place, you could face fines or delays due to non-compliant workers.

As a global PEO, Globalization Partners makes it easy and fast to expand to Croatia. We can handle everything from hiring and payroll to compensation and benefits on your behalf, which means you can focus on growing your company. With our help, you can ensure that every employee has a Croatia work permit and can be productive from the start.

Types of Croatia Work Permits

Your employees planning to work in Croatia will need a work permit and a residency permit. Since Croatia is part of the EU, most European citizens can live and work in the country without a visa. If your employees are outside of the EU, they’ll need to obtain a work permit through their local Republic of Croatia diplomatic mission.

Most Croatia work and residence permits are limited to 12 months. However, Croatia allows applicants to extend their work permit at least 60 days before it expires if they need to continue to work in the country. Croatia is also a part of the EU Blue Card network, which can help third-country nationals, as the Blue Card is valid for two years.

While the work and residence permit combination is the most common way for employees to obtain a work visa in Croatia, some may be eligible for a work registration certificate. These certificates are typically for consultants, performers, journalists, and members of a religious order.

Requirements to Obtain a Work Visa in Croatia

Croatia uses a quota system for work and residence permits, which means applicants will get a work permit only if the country is below its quota — even if the individual fulfills all the criteria. Occasionally, the country offers permits to applicants even after reaching the limit. However, the applicant has to provide more details or explain their suitability for a role and why it cannot be filled locally.

All applicants need certain documents, including:

  • A copy of their passport
  • A passport-size photo
  • Proof of their ability to support themselves while in Croatia
  • Evidence of health insurance
  • An employment contract
  • Proof of academic qualifications and skills
  • Evidence of their company’s registration

Employees looking to get an EU Blue Card must be from a country outside the EU and have completed a bachelor’s degree or have five years of senior professional experience. Applicants also need a binding job offer or an active work contract. Member states will often fast track the Blue Card application process, making it faster than the traditional work and resident permit process.

What Is the Application Process Like for a Croatian Working Visa?

The Croatia work visa application process depends on the specific visa type and the local embassy’s procedures. For example, some embassies don’t require appointments but instead operate on a “first-come, first-serve” basis.

To start the process, an applicant needs to go to the administrative police station closest to their Croatia residence or the embassy/consulate in their home country. Next, they must submit all the documents listed above as well as an application. Once the work and residence permit gets approved, the individual must pay 870 kuna for issuing the permit along with a separate biometric residence permit and administration fees. Croatia will order the residence permit once all the fees are paid, and your employee can pick it up at the police station after 21 days.

Other Important and Unique Considerations

EU Blue Card holders can take their family members, such as a spouse, children, and other dependents, with them to Croatia. However, those with a regular work and residence visa will need to apply for family members to come to Croatia. This process should take place at the local consulate and include a copy of a valid travel document, proof of relationship, proof of sufficient finances, and evidence of adequate health insurance.

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Globalization Partners is the global PEO you can trust for work visas in Croatia. Contact us today for more information about how we can help with your expansion.

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