How to apply for a work permit (in 2020)

If you are a third-country national (e.g. non-EU), you may apply for a work permit in Croatia. Before you get too excited, it’s not super easy. In this post, we’ll go over all the requirements for applying for a permit to work and reside in Croatia.

You must be a third-country national to qualify for a work permit because EU nationals can reside and work in Croatia on a residence permit. They do not need to apply for a permit based on employment.

The residence permit based on employment is a unique permit, which provides temporary residence and allows one to work for a Croatian company in Croatia.

The Aliens Act and Related By-Laws that governs work permits for foreigners was changed for 2020. There will no longer be quotas. Instead, companies who wish to hire foreigners must first check with the Croatian employment service to see if there is a qualified Croatian for the role. If there is not a qualified Croatian, then the company will be given approval to offer employment to a foreigner for the job.

Get a Job

Your very first step, BEFORE you can apply for a work permit, is to get a job in Croatia. You cannot apply for a work permit before you have a job.

You’ll need to:

  • Have an offer of employment with a Croatian company
  • Have a valid employment contract or other proof of employment

Once you have a job and can prove it, you can start your work permit application.

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How to Apply for a Work Permit

To start your application, go to the administrative police station closest to your residence in Croatia or the embassy/consulate in your home country.

You will need to provide one of the following:

  • Employment contract, or a written confirmation that you signed such contract or some other appropriate proof of employment
  • Proof of registration of a company, or a branch office, representative office, crafts trade, association or a institution in Croatia.

In addition, you’ll also need to provide:

A third-country national who has applied for a residence and work permit based on a work contract with a Croatian employer doesn’t have to enclose proof of health insurance, as health insurance will be provided by the employer.

Once the work permit is approved, the following fees will be due:

  • 560 kuna for issuing
  • 240 kuna for a biometric residence permit
  • 70 kuna for an administration cost

After the fees are paid, your residence permit will be ordered. After 21 days, you can pick it up the police station.

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Work Placement

An employee on a work placement can work in Croatia based on following conditions:

  • There is a valid contract between the end user of the service and the worker’s employer
  • The employer is a temporary employment agency that can assign the worker to the end user in Croatia
  • The foreign company sends their worker to work in an office or a branch set up in Croatia

A third-country national or EEA citizen can be sent by their native (foreign) company to work in Croatia for a temporary or periodic duration.

If the worker holds an A1 certificate (issued by the parent country of the worker), he or she can work in Croatia for up to 90 days without a certificate of employment or a residence or work permit.

If the placement of the worker needs to be extended beyond the 90 days, the administrative police station may:

  • Grant temporary residence and issue a residence permit to the third-country national
  • Grant a citizen of the EEA a certificate of temporary admission for work

Have you been granted a work permit under the above program? If so, please share your experience.

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138 thoughts on “How to apply for a work permit (in 2020)

  1. Parth
    April 25, 2019 @ 9:02 pm

    Hi sara! It’s very helpful for anyone new who wants to look for any information regarding work permits. Thanks for putting up the information.

    I am a recent graduate from India. I’ve got an offer to do internship in Zagreb in an architecture firm. I am unable to understand that,
    1. I should apply for business visa to enter Croatia and than apply for temporary residency for 6 months?
    2. Is there any possibility that I should get 6 months working visa directly?

    Thanks.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      April 27, 2019 @ 11:58 am

      Hi Parth,

      Indian nationals require a visa to enter Croatia. You get all the info you need on that here.

      After you hold a visa to enter, you can apply for a work permit at a consulate or within Croatia. You’ll apply for a permit that matches the length of your employment contract.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Mahbubul Alam
        July 11, 2019 @ 11:05 am

        Hi,
        I am Alam from Bangladesh. here I am doing fashion merchandising job. I want move to Crotia for a fashion company job and how I can get.
        Please help me your advise.

        Thanks
        Mahbubul Alam

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        • Expat in Croatia
          July 22, 2019 @ 2:57 pm

          Hi Mahbubul,

          You’ll need to find a company that will hire you, then follow the instructions in the above post.

          Regards,

          Sara

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        • Enamul
          August 7, 2020 @ 11:29 pm

          Hi Sara. I am coming to Croatia next for a days for business purposes.is it possible to arrange a meeting with you.
          [email protected]

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      • Abdul hadi
        November 27, 2019 @ 1:27 pm

        Hallo Sara.
        My Name is Hadi.
        I wanna go for work in Croatia.
        Can you little guides me how I can apply and how I can get work permit. And I have Guarante latter also from Croatia..
        Soo please help me.

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        • Expat in Croatia
          November 30, 2019 @ 3:58 pm

          Hi Abdul,

          To get a work permit, you need to get an offer of employment. Here is information on how to find a job in Croatia.

          Regards,

          Sara

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          • Sam
            February 12, 2020 @ 3:53 pm

            Hi Sara,
            I have a question, I appreciate it if you can help me with. If somebody who belongs to a non-EU country gets a residence and work permit for 1 year, can he travel to EU countries during this year? (without need to have visas I mean, like Croatian people)

          • Expat in Croatia
            February 17, 2020 @ 1:26 pm

            Hi Sam,

            No. You can only travel within or outside the EU on your passport. No one can travel on a temporary or permanent residence permit from Croatia, or any country for that matter.

            Regards,

            Sara

      • Shanmuga Sundaram
        September 21, 2020 @ 5:12 pm

        I am Shanmugasundaram from India.I got a job offer from Croatia by email.In that email they said I had to pay $ 200 first if I wanted to get a work permit. After that they sent me a copy of the work permitThey said i had to pay $ 300.You have to say that this is real information. By Shanmuga Sundaram

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        • Expat in Croatia
          September 23, 2020 @ 9:39 am

          Hi Shanmuga,

          I cannot verify if what this company is telling you is real or not. You need to have a valid work contract before you can apply for a work permit, so I would start by making sure you have a valid work contract.

          Regards,

          Sara

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    • Karmbir
      July 12, 2019 @ 8:44 pm

      How to apply job and how to apply work permit my nationality Indian plz contact with me my email ID [email protected] Com my gulf experience 2 years in electrician I need job or contract

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    • Mahafuj Chowdurrey
      September 27, 2020 @ 8:55 am

      Nice

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  2. Kris
    June 7, 2019 @ 4:25 pm

    Hi Sara,

    Thank you for this website, it helped us a lot so far.

    I am from Croatia, and I have my own company. My girlfriend is a foreigner (from Philippines) with a 90 days multiple entry Visa. We are looking for ways to extend her Visa to 1 year.

    “Proof of registration of a company, or a branch office, representative office, crafts trade, association or a institution in Croatia.”

    Would this be possible if I would give legally part of my company to my girlfriend (share the ownership)? Could she apply based on that for work permit and extend hers Visa duration to 1 year?

    Thank you.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      June 13, 2019 @ 8:50 am

      Hi Kris,

      Since you are a Croatian citizen, most likely she can apply for residence based on Family Reunification. Usually this is reserved for spouses, but I have heard of cases where it has been used for girlfriends/boyfriends. You’ll likely have to prove how long you have been dating. Here are the details:

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Shyam kr Thapa
        September 18, 2019 @ 7:43 am

        Hlo mam I m from nepal. How can find job or employer ??

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        • Expat in Croatia
          September 24, 2019 @ 12:28 pm

          Hi Shyam,

          Use Google to find businesses in the industry you wish to work, then contact them directly to see if they will offer work contracts to foreign nationals.

          Regards,

          Sara

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          • Rajendra
            November 20, 2019 @ 8:55 am

            Hlo mam I m from nepal. How can find job or employer ??

          • Expat in Croatia
            November 21, 2019 @ 10:24 am

            Hi Rajendra,

            Here is a guide on how to find a job: https://www.expatincroatia.com/find-a-job/

            Regards,

            Sara

    • Jahed alom
      August 30, 2019 @ 11:25 pm

      Hallo mem good evening mem I am Mr jahed alom I am from Bangladeshi so I need coratia driving wark permit please help me I have driving license from uae abu dhabi I have experience from 10year

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    • Iqbal
      March 25, 2020 @ 4:12 pm

      How many day need for issuing work permit

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      • Expat in Croatia
        March 31, 2020 @ 2:06 pm

        Hi Iqbal,

        It depends on a variety of factors. To apply for a work permit, you must first have a work contract from a Croatian employer.

        Regards,

        Sara

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  3. Kate
    June 7, 2019 @ 8:33 pm

    Hi Sara,
    I just granted a working permit until the end of this year.
    Originally my employer would like to apply for work permit until mid September only, however the police said the minimum length is 6 months so they gave me a permit until 31 Dec.
    My employer said the contract will end in mid Sep anyway and my type of visa is linked to the length of contract, so even now I am approved to end of year, I still will have to leave mid Sep. Is it correct? If I got my resident card until end of the year, how would they have to kick me out of the country? Does the employer inform the police once the contract ends or how?

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    • Kate
      July 10, 2019 @ 8:21 am

      Hi Sara, may I know if you have any idea about this question please?

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      • kareem
        July 25, 2019 @ 9:34 pm

        I think you don’t have to worry about that because before the end time of your contract you can apply again with the same employer or to look for another employer to make a new contract.
        I have also some inquiries , send me a message [email protected]

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  4. Roberta
    June 21, 2019 @ 1:46 pm

    Hello there!
    I am from Cameroon,I will go and visit my fiancé next month for 3 weeks. He wants me to visit his family in Hungary,Since Croatia is not a schengen state, what is the process to go from Croatia to Hungary ?Do i need to take a schengen visa in Croatia? Thank you!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      June 26, 2019 @ 2:50 pm

      Hi Roberta,

      You will need to check the requirements for your nationality for visiting Hungary.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  5. Amit Joshi
    June 26, 2019 @ 8:35 am

    Hello, Sara

    My self Amit. I am from India. Presently, I am working as a Automotive Painter in Saud Bahwan Automotive LLC company in Muscat, OMAN
    Actually I am looking for the job as Automotive Painter in Croatia.. I have 12 years of exp. And I have qualification

    Can you help me to get a job in Croatia

    Thanks
    Amit joshi
    Sulatante of Oman
    +96893261785

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    • Expat in Croatia
      June 26, 2019 @ 2:46 pm

      Hi Amit,

      This is not my area of expertise, but perhaps someone will see your post here.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  6. Janna
    July 16, 2019 @ 9:08 am

    Hi sara,

    Glad to see your post here

    I am from Phil but living in Dubai right now for 7 years. i have a croatian boyfriend for 2 years now and we decided to marry in zagreb (in future)

    i have 3 questions only.

    1.) can we get married in zagreb while im on tourist visa?

    2.) if we successfully get married there, can i apply for work after?

    3.) do i need to live in croatia for straight 8 years in able to apply for croatian passport?

    thank you so much

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    • Murgeshan
      November 14, 2019 @ 9:10 am

      Hi Sara
      My name is Murgeshan Raju I am from India right now I am working in Croatia I came here on June 2019 now I am having temporary residence and one year work permit.
      Now I am having problem in company because of salary as per contract they mentioned 7111kuna after deduction tax net salary is 5190. When arrive here from 3 month I got credited salary of 5190 kuna. One day suddenly told me that your salary will reduce 5190 kuna to 3700 kuna. I am not accept that terms and conditions.
      Now I have one question that?
      If have find new employer what is procedure to get new work permit.
      Please suggest me

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  7. Caro
    July 18, 2019 @ 1:53 am

    Hello Sara,

    I got offered a job in Croatia and I am looking for all the requested documents as is the first time the company employees a third-country collaborator. For this reason I read all the details you provided above, but I couldn’t find the requested fees on this website, could you please describe me which are these fees and if is me or the company the one that needs to process this payment.

    Thank you!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      August 30, 2019 @ 4:36 pm

      Hi Caro,

      The fees are:
      – 560 kuna for issuing
      – 240 kuna for a biometric residence permit
      – 70 kuna for an administration cost

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • John Vu
        February 13, 2020 @ 4:34 am

        Hey, Sara.
        Could you please leave me your Mobile Phone.
        I would like to use your service.
        Best regards,
        John (+84979971617 – WhatsApp)

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  8. kareem
    July 25, 2019 @ 5:13 am

    Hello, there

    As a non EU citizen , Does there a private or specific job posting website which I can find an opportunity to work in Croatia?

    thanks in advance.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      August 7, 2019 @ 1:35 pm

      Hi Kareem,

      Mojposao.hr

      Regards,

      Sara

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  9. Mirza Sarhan
    August 22, 2019 @ 7:18 pm

    Dear Sara,

    I hope you are doing well! I have a question regarding renewal of work permit and I would appreciate your expertise here.

    I have a legal work permit till November 1st; most likely I would be extending it with my employer. What documents would I need if it’s renewal? and if it’s renewal, can I apply for renewal at MUP in the last week of October?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      August 30, 2019 @ 4:32 pm

      Hi Mirza,

      With regards to permits, they are not renewed. You must do a new application for each new period. You’ll need all the same paperwork you needed the first time including a notarized copy of your new work contract. You’ll go to MUP. You should go to MUP as soon as you can to start that process. Usually they recommend coming 2 months prior to expiration of your permit because you cannot be in Croatia with an expired residence permit.

      Regards,

      Sara

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    • Sadat Hussain
      September 4, 2020 @ 1:49 am

      Hi Mirza,

      Hope you are keeping well. What documents required for a third country Non EU national to apply for the Workpermit visa please?

      Also, does the Workpermit issued by the police and how do you check the authenticity of the permit? I have been told that it takes generally 2-3 months for the permits to be issued by the police.

      Your reply clarifying the above would be highly appreciated.

      Thank you in advance
      Sadat

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      • Sadat Hussain
        September 4, 2020 @ 1:51 am

        Sorry it should read 2-3 weeks

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      • Expat in Croatia
        September 7, 2020 @ 11:01 am

        Hi Sadat,

        The requirements to apply for a work permit are listed in this post.

        The length of time for a work permit to be processed varies from a few weeks to months.

        To check authenticity, call the police station that issued the decision.

        Regards,

        Sara

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  10. Md Abul Kasem
    September 6, 2019 @ 7:27 pm

    Hi Sara,
    I am Kasem from Bangladesh. here I am doing Graphics Designer job. I have Work experience 12+ Years, I want move to Crotia for a Design House company job and how I can get.
    Please help me your advise.

    Thanks
    Md Abul Kasem

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 9, 2019 @ 2:25 pm

      Hi Md,

      Target a company and apply for a job. Then follow the instructions in this post.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Alami in
        October 25, 2019 @ 6:14 pm

        Hi admin. I am from Bangladesh. I am worin Singapore. I got so many certificate related construction in Singapore. Can you help me to find on job lester.

        Regards
        Alamin

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  11. Amy
    September 14, 2019 @ 1:04 am

    Hi Kris,

    I’m actually 1st generation Australian but my father is Croatian. I’m currently trying to apply for my Hrvatska putovnica but its proving difficult because my father changed his name to suit the Aussie culture. I can get it but I have to wait which is the problem (+8 months). My boyfriend is Croatian but it looks like it will take 1-2 (more likely 2) years until we get an Australian visa. So I’m thinking of working as a tour guide in Croatia for 6 months to be with him during the process. Just wondering how long does it take to get a working permit in Croatia? If I applied this October would I have it in time for next April? And does my Croatian heritage help at all with the permit?

    Thanks for you in advance for your time and consideration =)

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 16, 2019 @ 1:27 pm

      Hi Amy,

      My recommendation would be to apply for residence under Family Reunification, on the basis of your boyfriend’s citizenship. Usually this is only issued for married couples, however since you are both Croatian and it is short term, the police will likely issue it to you. Here is the info you need: https://www.expatincroatia.com/apply-non-croatian-spouse-residence-permit/

      Cheers,

      Sara

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  12. Bibin Mathew
    September 17, 2019 @ 8:59 pm

    Hi
    I’m an Indian passport holder looking for a truck driving job in croatia
    How can I find an employer.

    Thanks Bibin.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 24, 2019 @ 12:29 pm

      Hi Bibin,

      Use Google to find businesses in the industry you wish to work, then contact them directly to see if they will offer work contracts to foreign nationals.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  13. Noah
    September 22, 2019 @ 10:17 pm

    Dear sir or madame,
    I am and agent from Africa we have good working girls and boys who will like to come and work in Croatia so kindly tell me what is your price for a work permit so we work it out.

    Kind regards
    Agent .noah

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 24, 2019 @ 12:22 pm

      Hi Noah,

      I don’t offer work permits. I recommend you target companies directly to see if they will offer a work contract.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  14. Ikram
    October 19, 2019 @ 9:13 am

    I need work visa i am good worker i can do any hard work

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  15. Carolina
    October 25, 2019 @ 10:11 pm

    Hello Sara,
    I understand that I can enter Croatia as a tourist, people from my country (Chile) do not need a visa. Then, once I’m there I could search for a Job in Croatia and apply to a work permit visa?
    Could you please clarify this?

    Cheers

    Carolina

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    • Expat in Croatia
      October 29, 2019 @ 12:24 pm

      Hi Carolina,

      To apply for a work permit, you must first have a contract of employment from a Croatian employer.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  16. Mahabub
    October 31, 2019 @ 9:25 am

    Would you please tell me how I can get a job visa in Croatia.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      November 2, 2019 @ 5:51 pm

      Hi Mahabub,

      You get a job with a Croatian company and then you can apply for a work permit based on that contract.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  17. Masud Rana
    November 18, 2019 @ 7:06 am

    I am masud rana work Singapore so now Bangladesh but how can going crosia, please help me?

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  18. Anna
    November 20, 2019 @ 1:26 am

    Hi Sara,

    My husband will get his work permit based on opening a company in Croatia. What would be the procedure for me and our kids? We are US citizens.

    Thanks

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    • Expat in Croatia
      November 21, 2019 @ 10:34 am

      Hi Anna,

      Your husband will need to get his residence permit first through opening the company. Once he gets his permit, then you will be able to apply for your permit and the permits for your kids. This article will help guide you on the requirements: https://www.expatincroatia.com/apply-non-croatian-spouse-residence-permit/

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Chad Pringle
        May 8, 2020 @ 9:13 pm

        I noticed in the article you provided a link to, it refers to the family wanting to join a Croatian Citizen. Would this also work for family members of a US Resident?

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        • Expat in Croatia
          May 11, 2020 @ 9:31 am

          Hi Chad,

          This is what is called “family reunification”, when the family of a resident or citizen can get residency based on their relationship. The only way that your family can join you in a work permit situation is if you start a company yourself and gain residency through the business. If you get hired by a company you do not own, you cannot bring your family with you for the first 2 years.

          Regards,

          Sara

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  19. Raju
    November 21, 2019 @ 6:48 am

    Hi I am raju. And I am from Bangladesh. I have received a job offer from a Bangladeshi agency for Croatian company (box mark), they are saying that they will send 300 worker in this company but I don’t have any information about it from box mark. Is this really possible that a Croatian company will appoint 300 worker togethe?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      November 21, 2019 @ 10:23 am

      Hi Raju,

      Yes, it is possible. There is a worker shortage here.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  20. Ivan
    November 28, 2019 @ 3:05 am

    I have a 14 days visa but i got a job here in croatia and my work permit is on process already. And my visa will expired on the 29. Do you know what is the best way to do? Thank you

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    • Expat in Croatia
      November 30, 2019 @ 3:57 pm

      Hi Ivan,

      Speak to the police and ask if you will encounter any issues if your work permit is not approved by the time your tourist visa expires. They will likely extend your tourist visa.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  21. Mancilo
    December 5, 2019 @ 2:47 pm

    Hi,
    I have a volunteer work offer from Croatia. I am a Nigerian. What Visa type (Visitor or work visa) is most appropriate?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      December 10, 2019 @ 3:26 pm

      Hi Mancilo,

      You cannot legally work for payment with a volunteer contract. You’ll apply for a residence permit based on your volunteer contract, which should reflect that you are not being paid.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  22. Dillon
    December 6, 2019 @ 12:06 am

    After the work permit has been approved, can you start working right away? Or do you have to wait the 21 days for the residence permit to be delivered to the police station?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      December 10, 2019 @ 3:25 pm

      Hi Dillon,

      You can start working once the work permit is approved.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  23. Prati
    December 7, 2019 @ 1:02 pm

    Hi
    just wanted To know does the company sends free working visa to 3rd nation as seems the consultancy charging huge amount of money for visa to Croatia from Nepal.
    Thank you

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  24. Sahil chumber
    December 9, 2019 @ 2:24 pm

    Hii Sara
    I am sahil from Indian
    How I apply work permitted in Croatia
    I complete my 10th CBSE
    I am 20 year old
    I need a job

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  25. SUDHIR BHATIA
    December 26, 2019 @ 2:26 pm

    Hi…
    Last Year I bought an agro company and hold 64% shares..My Company procurist there, is going to apply to the local police station for a work visa for me. Do you recommend that I apply for a Blue Card instead of the normal work visa ? What are the procedures. And any restrictions that I need to be there for a fixed number of months ? I don’t intend to migrate there as of now. Please guide..!
    Thank You.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      December 27, 2019 @ 1:07 pm

      Hi Sudhir,

      I recommend that you consult with an attorney as there is not a simple answer to what you are asking. There are many factors that would go into an answer. If you’d like a referral to an attorney, please email me.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  26. Manas Boro
    December 27, 2019 @ 11:27 am

    Hi Sara..
    I’m Manas from India. I want to know..
    1/what are the documents I need as an Indian to get a work permit visa ?
    2/what is the duration of a work permit visa?
    3/if I have a seasonal work permit then can I extend it ?
    4/minimum how long it will take to finish a work permit visa process after I submitted my docs in my embassy in India ?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      December 27, 2019 @ 1:09 pm

      Hi Manas,

      Here are answers to your questions:

      1/what are the documents I need as an Indian to get a work permit visa ?
      >>They are listed in this post.
      2/what is the duration of a work permit visa?
      >>The term of your work contract.
      3/if I have a seasonal work permit then can I extend it ?
      >>No.
      4/minimum how long it will take to finish a work permit visa process after I submitted my docs in my embassy in India ?
      >>It varies, but usually several months.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  27. Sudipto Mondal
    December 30, 2019 @ 8:51 pm

    Hi, Sara
    Thanks for this informative content.
    I am from India and I am a Digital Marketer. So my question is–
    What is the scope of digital marketing in Croatia and how much could be the minimum salary?
    It might be an off topic for you but still I am waiting for your reply. Hope you will reply soon.
    Thanks in advance.
    Regards,
    Sudipto Mondal

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 7, 2020 @ 5:50 pm

      Hi Sudipto,

      Digital marketing is still a young industry, but there are lots of people and companies doing it. We are working on a post for average salaries across industries. Stay tuned for that.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  28. Perusha Sukdeo
    January 3, 2020 @ 8:36 am

    Good Day Sara

    With regards to obtaining a work permit, are the requirements based purely on having a job offer or do they also require someone to possess a qualification, like most countries.

    Regards

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 7, 2020 @ 5:40 pm

      Hi Perusha,

      You must have a job offer and be able to provide all the items within the above post. Additionally, the employer must confirm with the government that the position cannot be filled by a Croatian. No other qualification is needed.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  29. Lama
    January 10, 2020 @ 10:58 am

    Hi Sara,

    Thank you for the very useful information!

    I’m a Moroccan citizen working remotely (freelancer) for a Croatian company and i’m planning to move to Croatia and become an employee in the same company.

    If you can please help me understand what makes someone eligible for a work permit? Can i apply for it from Croatia or does it have to be issued before i leave my country? What’s the process exactly and how hard is it to get a Croatian work permit for a non managerial employee? Do i need any specific set of skills or educational level?

    Thank you very much in advance!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 10, 2020 @ 1:01 pm

      Hi Lama,

      Thanks for following!

      The requirements and all considerations for a work permit are listed in this post. You don’t need specific skills or education level. Yes, you can apply in Croatia.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  30. Ramandeep singh
    January 26, 2020 @ 7:42 am

    Kako podnijeti zahtjev za rad za Hrvatsku molim vas da mi pomognete

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  31. Tontang
    January 30, 2020 @ 12:19 am

    Hi Sara, If i overstay my stay on a tourist visa and found a job offer ,can i later apply for a work visa?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 7, 2020 @ 2:38 pm

      Hi Tontang,

      Absolutely not. You CANNOT overstay your visa. No exceptions.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  32. Radhika pun
    February 5, 2020 @ 12:19 am

    Hi , I’m from nepal and I have applied for working visa in croatia through consultancy. I receive my passport and there’s only 42 day visa and my agent says I will get 1 year of working visa after I go to croatia . But when i call the company of croatia they says my documents are still in process they didn’t make any decisions yet .My question is ,Is it true without any conformation of my work permit i can go to croatia with 42 days visa and after 42 days I will get received my 1 year working visa because this is what my agent says . Many Thanks .

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 7, 2020 @ 2:17 pm

      Hi Radhika,

      You cannot apply for a work permit in Croatia until you have a valid offer of employment from a Croatian company. If the Croatian company said they haven’t decided to employ you yet, then you do not yet qualify for a work permit. You can go to Croatia for 42 days, but without a work contract, you cannot get a work permit.

      Regards,

      Sara

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    • Ashesh Khanal
      July 17, 2020 @ 4:41 pm

      Hi Radhika,
      My name is Ashesh Khanal currently living in Czech Republic with long term resident permit. I do have some colleagues who are interested to visit and work in Croatia. Are you still living in Croatia ? Would you please let me know, how to find job and process visa application.
      If you would like to cooperate, you can kindly reach me to my facebook at :
      https://www.facebook.com/asheshkhanal

      Thanks,
      Ashesh Khanal
      Now at Kathmandu
      Mobile: +977 – 9841751500(Viber), +420 – 736278132(WhatsApp)
      E-mail: [email protected]m

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  33. Zora
    February 6, 2020 @ 5:10 pm

    I applied for a work permit today at MUP in Zagreb and was still instructed to do so under the quota. Just thought I’d share!

    The company representative that was with me also needed a document to prove that they were authorized on behalf of the employer to submit the work permit with me.

    We were told it would take 6 weeks to process the application.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 7, 2020 @ 2:08 pm

      Hi Zora,

      Thanks for sharing! This is the truest example of how everything can vary depending on who you speak to at MUP. The law says there is no quota, but at the end of the day, everyone at MUP has a lot of discretion to say or require whatever they want.

      Did MUP require the employer to get approval from the unemployment agency to hire for your role?

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Zora
        February 10, 2020 @ 2:18 pm

        It’s true. The bureaucracy used to really bother me, but now I understand it’s just part of the process here.

        Nope, no approval needed from the unemployment agency.

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        • Expat in Croatia
          February 11, 2020 @ 1:32 pm

          Wow, I’m very surprised…but also not surprised at all. 🙂

          Thank you for sharing your experience, Zora!

          Cheers,

          Sara

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  34. Saugata
    February 8, 2020 @ 7:53 am

    I have an experience in Construction industry for more than 8 years and have engineering degree.How much is the chance of getting job in Croatia ?? Can I search for job by going there in short term Visa of 30 days ?? and after getting work contract then can I apply for work permit ?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 11, 2020 @ 1:30 pm

      Hi Saugata,

      Yes, as long as you abide by all laws, you can come here on a tourist visa and then apply for a work permit ONLY if you are offered a work contract.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  35. Seif driouech
    February 11, 2020 @ 8:12 pm

    Hello, I have a work and residence permit for this year and I would like to visit my family this summer, I can’t seem to find information about if I need to apply for a new visa for coming back to croatia or just show the border police my work permit. Thank you in advance

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 17, 2020 @ 1:26 pm

      Hi Seif,

      Your work permit is also your residence permit. When you return to Croatia, show your passport and your residence permit at the border.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  36. Santosh
    February 26, 2020 @ 1:57 pm

    Hi Sara,
    I am from India I working in Croatia as machine Operator I came Croatia on 29 June 2019 I have one year contract and also one year Temporary Residency Permit. I like to know if I want to change other company in Croatia what is the process? and whether I want to go back India ? Please advise me what should I do please tell me

    Regards,
    Santosh

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 26, 2020 @ 2:58 pm

      Hi Santosh,

      Once you quit your current job, you’ll lose your residence and work permit. To change companies, you need to get a new contract with a new company in Croatia. Once you have the new work contract, you can apply for a new work permit.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  37. Santosh
    February 27, 2020 @ 1:18 am

    Hi Sara,

    Thank you for advice I want to ask one thing I can apply new work permit from Croatia or I want to go india again?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 2, 2020 @ 3:15 pm

      Hi Santosh,

      You can apply from within Croatia as long as your tourist visa is current and you have a valid work contract.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Nagu
        March 10, 2020 @ 12:42 pm

        Hi Sara,
        I got a job in croatia as Mechanical Engineer for rijeka refinery , now am India I heared that after reaching Croatia I have exam if not passed the exam they will return back is it true

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        • Expat in Croatia
          March 10, 2020 @ 5:40 pm

          Hi Nagu,

          All industries and jobs have different requirements. If the employer requires you to take a test, then that is what you’ll need to do.

          Regards,

          Sara

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  38. Jay
    March 6, 2020 @ 12:17 pm

    I heard 2 year working visa after we Apply PR its true? any way that.

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  39. Priscilla
    March 28, 2020 @ 8:37 pm

    Hi Sara, I have a question. My first time in Croatia was 5 years ago, but only in 02.2017 I got my permission to stay because I got married, but now we are divorced. I work in a hotel for 2 years. But with divorce I lost my right to stay and work here. So I’m trying to apply for working visa.
    I want to know if there is a possibility that they refuse my Visa and ask to leave the country. But I’m so many years here…. so I think that I cant leave the country just like that. I am Brazilian, and I’m 5 years outside of my country. And in these 5 years I was out of EU for 2 months. I am terrified by idea to leave the country. Since now, in Brazil I dont have place to stay anymore, my father died.
    Do you think I have rights in Croatia?
    Thanks for your attention

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 31, 2020 @ 2:03 pm

      Hi Priscilla,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      Did the police tell you that you must leave after you got divorced? If the police did say that you leave after you were divorced, then a work permit is the next logical step. If you want to get the work permit, you must have a work contract from a Croatian employer before you can apply for the work permit.

      If the police have not specifically said you must leave, then you may be able to stay. I was also in this situation, but they let me stay because I’d been here long enough. I’m not sure of what the threshold is. Considering the complexity of your situation, I recommend consulting with a lawyer who can speak to the police on your behalf and find out all options for you to stay. If you’d like a referral to an immigration lawyer, please email me ([email protected]) and let me know where you are located in Croatia.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  40. Malik
    April 6, 2020 @ 7:57 pm

    How can i get 1 year visa from Nigeria?

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  41. Balasaheb Padaghamkar
    June 3, 2020 @ 9:07 pm

    Hi Admin,
    This is Balasaheb Padaghamkar. I am from India now working in Croatia in Brodosplit shipyard in Split as a Fabricator. I am looking for a job in Germany so how can apply for work permit from Croatia? Or which consultant can provide this service in Croatia? Can I process for work permit for any other countries in Europe.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      June 5, 2020 @ 10:45 am

      Hi Balasaheb,

      You will need to contact the country you wish to go to about work permits as they are unrelated to your work permit in Croatia.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  42. Thohed Ax
    June 27, 2020 @ 12:57 pm

    Hi,
    I am Thohed Ax from Bangladesh and i am work now in Romania. here I am doing packaging job. I want move Romania to Crotia for a packaging company job and how I can get.
    Please help me your advise.

    Thanks
    Thohed Ax

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  43. Sam
    July 6, 2020 @ 10:14 pm

    Hi Sara
    I own shares in Croatian company in Split and i also have been elected as director of d.o.o in the same company last year. I have been using shengen visa to enter the country but my visa is expired and i was wondering if i can get and what kind of visa i need to get to reenter the conuntry and reside,work . What kind of visa my family will get ? we do not have a Croatian Embassy in our country but there is in turkey. Can i apply in Turkey and what is the quarantine situation now for arriving passengers from third countries.
    Thank you !

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    • Expat in Croatia
      July 8, 2020 @ 11:13 am

      Hi Sam,

      Thanks for the question!

      Since you are the director, then you will need to follow the requirements in this post: https://www.expatincroatia.com/how-to-residency-opening-business-croatia/ In your situation, that is the only way for both you and your family to get residence. Once you get residence, then your family can apply through family reunification.

      You can only apply for residence once you are in Croatia with a valid address. After you arrive in Croatia, if you’d like to be connected with a lawyer who can handle residency applications for you and your family, I can refer you to one. Just email me.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  44. Md Habibur Rahman
    August 10, 2020 @ 5:46 am

    Hi Sara Have a good. I am glad to see your all reply on comments which is gather lot of informatio.

    I just need any legit recruiting agency those work on hire non EU applicant.
    I mean Semi Skill or Non Skill Employment.
    Or is there any person can help me to get the contact?

    Thanks in advance.
    +60104533090 WhatsApp/Telegram

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  45. Mohammed Abu kawsar
    August 21, 2020 @ 12:38 pm

    Hi,
    I am Alam from Bangladesh. here I am doing hotel job. I want move to Crotia for a hotel job and how I can get.
    Please help me your advise.

    Thanks
    Mohammed Abu kawsar

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  46. Evans Zolo
    August 27, 2020 @ 9:28 pm

    Hello Sara. Please I have few questions to ask you.
    1. Can my employer process my work/resident permit while I’m not yet in Croatia.
    2. How long does it take to process work/resident permit?
    3. What documents do I need to submit at Croatia embassy in my country for visa application?

    Regards
    Evans

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  47. John O
    September 7, 2020 @ 5:05 pm

    Hello Ma,

    I am from Nigeria based in Togo, My employee in Croatia applied for Labor Documents for me in Croatia, But it has taken over a month now, The Croatian Police said they have submitted my document to their consulate in Nigeria. What is your advice to me on how to hasten up the process
    Thanks
    John

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 9, 2020 @ 3:20 pm

      Hi John,

      It is not possible to hasten the process. It takes as long as it takes. You’ll just have to be patient. Keep in mind that everything is slower now due to the pandemic.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  48. sachin
    September 8, 2020 @ 11:14 am

    Hi sara,

    My name is sachin and i am from india and i am planning to move croatia for work, but i dont have job offer.

    i have 1 question, please clarify

    Is croatian government gives me work permit for general work i.e. if i got a job in grocery market or in shop or like food delivery boy.. ??

    regards

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 9, 2020 @ 3:20 pm

      Hi Sachin,

      Yes, that is possible. But you need to have a job contract before you can apply for a work permit. I will say it is unlikely that you will get a job in a market or shop without speaking Croatian.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  49. umor
    September 19, 2020 @ 6:36 am

    hello there
    i am from Bangladesh
    (1). if i come to Croatia by visit/ travel visa then is it’s possible to me convert visit/travel visa to work visa!
    (2). is there any purposes/websites to contact for jobs directly companies/owners in Croatia without agencies or brokers! if have so give us any links/websites.
    thanks

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  50. Rajeev
    September 22, 2020 @ 9:34 am

    Hi admin..
    I got contract latter from Croatia but unfortunately i would like to cancel my application. So in this case should i need to pay for contract latter. What i know. It is just contract latter not work permit so I don’t need to pay i guess. Please help me me out of that. Because my agency is asking me if you want to cancel need to pay 130 euro

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 23, 2020 @ 9:37 am

      Hi Rajeev,

      You will have to work this out with the company. That fee is unrelated to the government.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Suhan
        September 23, 2020 @ 10:23 pm

        Hello @sara I have one question about citizenship and company change I am in Croatia working a Resturent last 6month I need to change company because this owner not good for me . 1 how can I change company in Croatia ….?
        And for applying PR how many years I have to stay in Croatia …? Please give me those information

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        • Expat in Croatia
          September 25, 2020 @ 1:49 pm

          Hi Suhan,

          If you want to change companies, then you need to get a new job. When you leave your current job, your current work permit will be cancelled. Then you’ll need to apply for a new work permit for the new job.

          You need to have 5 years of continuous temporary residence to qualify for permanent residence.

          Regards,

          Sara

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