Is your company planning to outsource or expand operations in North Macedonia? Recent economic growth has created a favorable environment for expatriates and foreign companies to do business in this thriving country. However, if you are planning to relocate existing team members or hire new employees abroad, you’ll need to ensure that they have the necessary documentation to live and work in North Macedonia.
Types of Work Visas in North Macedonia
The North Macedonian government issues three different types of visas to foreign nationals:
- Type B visas for transit, which allow a maximum stay of five days
- Type C visas for short visits up to three months
- Type D visas for long stays for work, medical treatment, scientific research, study, humanitarian work, or family reunification
To live and work in North Macedonia, foreign employees will need to obtain a Type D visa. However, the long-stay visa on its own does not allow the employee to reside in North Macedonia. They will need to complete the process of obtaining a temporary residence permit from the Ministry of Interior upon arrival in the country.
The employee will also need a work permit, which must be obtained on their behalf by the employer in North Macedonia.
Requirements to Obtain North Macedonia Work Visas
To live and work in North Macedonia, foreign employees will need to obtain a residency permit as well as a work permit.
Before traveling to North Macedonia, the employee will need to submit the following documents to obtain a Type D visa:
- A temporary residence application form
- A valid passport
- One passport-sized photograph
- Proof of the applicant’s health insurance
- A copy of the applicant’s work permit application, which should be provided by the employer
To get a temporary residency permit, employees will need to provide additional documentation upon arrival in North Macedonia:
- Approval of temporary residence from the Ministry of Interior
- Evidence of accommodation in North Macedonia
- The original, certified copy of the employee’s work permit application
- A valid passport and one passport photo
- A criminal background check
- Proof of travel insurance
As you begin acquiring work visas and permits for your employees, you’ll need to contact your nearest consulate or embassy to get the latest information on requirements. Keep in mind that the visa or permit application process will vary based on your employee’s nationality, so it’s critical to confirm your process with the appropriate embassy.
While the applications may be slightly different depending on your employee’s situation, you can take a few general steps to manage the application process more efficiently. Plan adequate time to complete each of these general steps to obtain permits for your nonnational employees:
- Contact your nearest embassy about visa and permit requirements for your employees.
- Gather all required documents.
- Complete the application form and submit all documentation to the proper government office.
- Wait for approval of the application.
Other Important Considerations
North Macedonia is a current candidate to join the European Union (EU), but negotiations are not in progress at the moment. As of now, citizens of EU member states must follow the same procedure as other foreign nationals to enter North Macedonia for employment purposes. Should North Macedonia join the EU in the future, these procedures will change.
Partner With Globalization Partners
If your company is in the midst of an international expansion process, Globalization Partners can help. We’re an experienced Global PEO with all of the resources and information your company needs to stay compliant from the start as you begin operations in North Macedonia.
To learn more about our services, get in touch with one of our representatives.