If you’re expanding overseas, sending some of your best team members to your new locations can help you get off to the right start. To do so legally, your company must ensure all international employees have the work permits or visas they need.
Types of Work Visas in San Marino
International employees can apply for one of two visas that allow them to live and work in San Marino:
- Stay permit: This visa lets noncitizens stay and work in-country for three months to one year. Stay permits are renewable upon request.
- Registered residence permit: This option is the best for noncitizens establishing a company in-country or holding a management position at a local company. These permits are intended for permanent residence.
An elective residence permit is also available. Unlike the others, this visa applies special restrictions on the holder’s employment and benefits opportunities. After holding an elective residence permit for 10 years, an international resident may change their visa to a registered residence permit and benefit from the associated rights.
Requirements to Obtain San Marino Work Visas
When your employee applies for a stay or residence permit, they need to bring the following documents:
- Certificate of nationality or statelessness
- Birth certificate
- Certificate of civil capacity
- Police report from the employee’s home city
- Certificate of pending charges
- Two passport-style photos (one certified photo)
Visitors do not need an entry visa, so your employees may enter the country with a valid passport or similar travel document.
A department of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, International Economic Cooperation, and Telecommunications issues stay and residence permits. Once the Labor Office confirms that your employee has a residence permit, they become eligible for public health care and economic benefits through the Institute for Social Security (ISS).
Residence permit holders enjoy the same rights and freedoms as citizens.
Other Important Considerations
Due to the country’s small size, high education standards, and healthy economy, obtaining a San Marino work permit can be difficult. While international investors are welcome, international employees may struggle with the lack of information widely available about the application process.
The scarcity of reliable, easy-to-follow information can make compliance with immigration and employment laws more challenging. As an employer, you cannot apply for residence permits on an employee’s behalf. However, you may face consequences for hiring a candidate who doesn’t have the required documents or employing a worker after their permit expires.
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