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Last change: 06.09.2016.

Foreign nationals



The conditions for the entry, movement, residence and work of foreigners as well as working conditions and rights of workers assigned to work in the Republic of Croatia are regulated by the Act on Amendments to the Act on Asylum (Official Gazette No. 88/10), the new Act on Foreigners (Official Gazette No. 130/11) and the Act on Amendments to the Act on Croatian Citizenship (Official Gazette No. 130/11).

In the new Act on Foreigners the provisions relating to the entry, residence and employment of foreigners are in line with the legal acts of the European Union. Special attention was paid to the free movement of workers and the provisions relating to the entry, residence and work of citizens of Member States of the European Economic Area and members of their families as well as to the residence and work of highly qualified third-country nationals (holders of the "EU Blue Card").

In accordance with the fundamental principles of the migration policy of the Republic of Croatia that are based in the constitutional norms and international conventions acceded to by the Republic of Croatia, the norms to protect the rights of foreigners with a regulated stay and work in the Republic of Croatia, if their actions do not threaten public order and the Croatian national security, are embedded in the Act on Foreigners.

In the Republic of Croatia a foreigner can work on the basis of a granted residence and work permit or work registration certificate, unless the Act prescribes otherwise. Residence and work permits can be granted on the basis of the annual quota and outside the annual quota system. Foreign citizens can work in the Republic of Croatia without residence and work permit or work registration certificate, provided they have been granted the following:
  • permanent residence,
  • asylum, subsidiary or temporary protection,
  • temporary residence for the purpose of family reunion with a Croatian citizen, a foreigner with permanent residence, an asylee or a foreigner who has been granted subsidiary or temporary protection,
  • temporary residence on humanitarian grounds,
  • autonomous stay,
  • the status of a regular pupil or student where they perform their work through authorized agents, without commencing employment,
  • temporary residence for the purpose of scientific research.
The provisions of this Act relating to the residence and work of foreigners shall not apply to members of diplomatic missions, consular offices, members of the missions of the organizations of the United Nations and other specialized institutions of the United Nations, members of the missions of international organizations accredited in the Republic of Croatia and members of their families, that is, households.

The conditions for entry, movement and residence, as well as the work of foreigners and working conditions and rights of workers assigned to work in the Republic of Croatia are the responsibility of the Ministry of the Interior. You can find more detailed information on its website http://www.policija.hr/1266.aspx.