3.1 When UK citizens become third-country nationals will they need permission to work?
Yes, unless they can rely on an exemption such as:
- holders of a permanent residence permit in Croatia;
- granted asylum and/or international protection in Croatia (subject to conditions);
- holders of a temporary residence permit for humanitarian reasons in Croatia;
- holders of a temporary residence permit for scientific research in Croatia (subject to conditions);
- holders of a temporary residence permit for education in Croatia, if he or she has a regular college student status and is working up to maximum of 20 hours per week;
- family members of a Croatian national, thirdcountry national holding a permanent residence permit in Croatia, someone who has been granted asylum and/or international protection in Croatia (subject to conditions);
- family members of a thirdcountry national holding a temporary residence permit for scientific research in Croatia (subject to conditions);
- family members of an EU national or a nonEU national who has authorisation to work in another EU country or a permanent residence permit in another EU country (subject to conditions);
- holders of an EU Blue Card (issued to a highly qualified thirdcountry national, subject to conditions);
- holders of a work registration certificate, enabling stay and work in Croatia for up to 90, 60 or 30 days in one calendar year, depending on the exact profession and/or purpose of work in Croatia.
3.2 If permission to work is needed do any quotas apply for employing third-country nationals?
In Croatia, this permission is called a residence and work permit. It can be issued based on an annual quota or outside of the annual quota. On an annual basis, the Croatian government decides on the number of residence and work permits for activities in which employment of third country nationals will be allowed. In contrast to this annual quota system, residence and work permits can also be issued outside of the annual quota, but only in cases explicitly prescribed by the law.
A residence and work permit is issued for a maximum period of one year, with a possibility of extension.
3.3 If permission to work is needed, as of when will it be needed?
In the event of a no-deal scenario, the contingency rules are set out below (for a full explanation please see 1.1 above):
Individuals who are already resident Croatia at Brexit date and who do not have permanent residence will have the shorter of one year from Brexit date or until expiry of their temporary residence permit to regularise their residence and work status.
Individuals who arrive in Croatia after Brexit date will have to apply for a residence and work permit from the date of their arrival.
3.4 If permission to work is needed, what are the most common categories?
The current law in Croatia sets out the following categories:
1. Leading or key personnel in companies. The main conditions are:
- Minimum monthly remuneration equal to the average monthly salary paid in Croatia in last calendar year according to officially published data from the Bureau of Statistics;
- The company employs at least three employees who are Croatian nationals and are not leading or key personnel,
- The share capital of the company exceeds HRK 100,000.
2. Professional athletes (subject to conditions).
3. Trainees (subject to conditions).
4. Highly skilled employees (subject to conditions).
3.5 If permission to work or stay is needed, how long does the procedure take?
The employee can apply at the Croatian diplomatic or consular office in his or her state of origin abroad, or at the competent Croatian Ministry of Interior office in Croatia. A Croatian employer can also apply for a residence and work permit on behalf of an employee.
If the application is submitted in Croatia, the competent Croatian Ministry of Interior office is required to issue a residence and work permit within a period of 30 days following submission of a complete application.
3.6 If permission to work and stay is needed, what Government fees would be due for such a permission?
Currently, total Government fees are around HRK 900 (approximately EUR 121).