A new law on the employment of foreign workers in Croatia will come into effect from January 1st, 2012. The new law ceases to recognize the terms “work permit” and “business permit” for a foreign individual who intends to work in Croatia, and instead introduces a “stay and work permit” which simultaneously represents a work permit and a temporary residence permit.
Certain categories of foreigners will still be able to work in Croatia based on a work registration certificate (depending on the category) for up to 30, 60, or 90 days per year.
The new law repealed the category of foreigners who may work in Croatia without a time limit restriction, provided that a temporary residence permit has been obtained, if they will stay in Croatia for longer than 90 days. These foreigners will, in principle, be able to work in Croatia for up to 90 days, after which they will be required to obtain a “stay and work permit” (or required to obtain a “stay and work permit” from the beginning of their work in Croatia).
The new law allows foreigners who are either owners or working in companies that are holders of investment incentives measures, a simplified procedure to regulate their “stay and work permits.”
For more information, contact a tax professional with the KPMG member firm in Croatia: firstname.lastname@example.org.