A foreigner is a person who is not a Croatian citizen. He/she may have the nationality of a member state of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, he/she may be a third-country (non-EU) citizen or a stateless person.
The conditions of entry, movement, stay and work of citizens of member states of the European Economic Area and Switzerland and members of their families are laid down in the Act on EEA citizens and their family members (OG, 66/2019).
The conditions of entry, movement, stay and work of third-country citizens and the conditions of work and entitlements of posted workers in the Republic of Croatia are laid down in the Aliens Act (OG 130/11, 74/13, 69/17, 46/18), while the Act on International and Temporary Protection (OG 70/15, 127/17) prescribes principles, conditions and procedure for granting international protection and temporary protection, status, entitlements and obligations of international protection seekers, asylum seekers, aliens under subsidiary protection, aliens under temporary protection, and conditions and procedure of annulment and termination of asylum, subsidiary and temporary protection.
Work of foreign citizens
A citizen of an EEA Member State and a member of his/her family with a right of stay in the Republic of Croatia are equal in rights with citizens of the Republic of Croatia under the provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. This means that a citizen of an EEA Member State and a member of his/her family can work in the Republic of Croatia without a stay permit and without a work permit, which are issued in accordance with the regulation governing the stay of third-country citizens. Exceptionally, Austrian citizens are subject to a work permit regime outside the annual quota until 30 June 2020.
A third-country citizen in the Republic of Croatia may work on the basis of a stay permit and work permit or a work registration certificate, unless otherwise provided by the Aliens Act.
Stay and work permits may be issued based on an annual quota or outside the annual quota.
Third country citizens may work in the Republic of Croatia without a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate in case they have been granted:
- permanent stay,
- international or temporary protection or if they are seeking international protection under the conditions prescribed by a special regulation,
- temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification with a Croatian citizen, a third-country citizen with a permanent stay, an asylum seeker and a third-country citizen who has been granted subsidiary or temporary protection,
- temporary stay under humanitarian grounds,
- temporary stay for the purpose of a life partnership with a Croatian citizen, a third-country citizen who has been granted a permanent stay permit or who has been granted international or temporary protection,
- autonomous stay,
- the status of a full-time student when performing activities through authorized agents, without commencing employment,
- temporary stay for the purpose of scientific research referred to in Article 64 of the Aliens Act,
- temporary stay for the purpose of studying as a full-time student when working and self-employed for a maximum of 20 hours per week,
- temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification with the researcher referred to in Article 64 of the Aliens Act.
The conditions of entry, movement and stay, as well as the work of aliens, and the conditions of work and rights of posted workers in the Republic of Croatia are the responsibility of the Ministry of the Interior, whose website provides more detailed information.