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New Procedure for Residence and Work Permit for Foreign Citizens in Serbia

New Procedure for Residence and Work Permit for Foreign Citizens in Serbia

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On 26 November 2020 the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs adopted the Rulebook on the unified request for approval, i.e. extension of temporary residence and issuance of a work permit to a foreigner (“Rulebook”), all in accordance with amendments to the Act on Foreigners from 2019 (“Act”).

The Rulebook refers to Article 41a of the Act, which prescribes a unified request for obtaining a residence and work permit for foreign citizens, starting from 1 December 2020. Additionally, the Rulebook prescribes the look and content of the form of a unified request for approval, i.e. extension of the temporary residence with a request for a work permit for a foreign citizen, as well as documentation submitted with the request itself.

The competent body, that receives the unified request, is the regional police administration, i.e. the Immigration Office. After that, the Immigration Office submits a request to the National Service for Foreigners (“NES”) and foreign citizen or his employer should send an e-mail to the NES e-mail address or directly to NES’ office in order to submit the necessary documentation for issuing a work permit.

Finally, we point out that the procedures for obtaining temporary residence and work permit are still formally legally separated and each body resolves the request within its competences. Therefore, temporary residence and work permit will keep being issued separately, as before.

This text is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Should you require any additional information, feel free to contact us.

By Radovan Grbovic, Partner, and Katarina Askic, Junior Associate, Samardzic, Oreski & Grbovic

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