The Law on Amendments to the Law on Foreigners (Official Gazette of the RS No. 31/2019) (“Law”) entered into force on May 7, 2019, but the provisions relating to the submission of a joint application for temporary residence and work permit started to apply on December 1, 2020.
In regards to these amendments to the Law, the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs passed the Rulebook on the Joint Application for Approval, i.e. Extension of Temporary Residence and Issuance of a Work Permit to a Foreigner, which entered into force on November 28, 2020.
This Rulebook prescribes the appearance and content of the bilingual form of the joint application for approval, i.e. extension of the temporary residence and issuance of the work permit for a foreigner, as well as the documentation that shall be submitted with the application.
When submitting an application for approval of temporary residence and issuance of a work permit, depending on the basis for approval, i.e. extension of temporary residence and work permit, appropriate documentation needs to be provided to the Ministry of Interior – Foreigners Department.
Therefore, in this way it is possible to obtain a temporary residence and work permit for foreigners in a twice shorter period, i.e. the procedure that previously lasted 60 days has now been shortened to 30 days, within which the competent authority is obliged to decide on the submitted application.
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By Jovana Milic, Senior Associate, PR Legal