Article 85(1) of the Aliens Act (Narodne novine No 109/03 and 182/04) stipulates that an alien may work in the Republic of Croatia on the basis of a work permit or a business permit.
Under Article 97(5) and (6) of the same Act, the application for a business permit is filed with the competent authority in the place of sojourn (Police Administration/police station). Exceptionally, aliens working for a foreign employer may apply for the business permit in a diplomatic mission or a consular office of the Republic of Croatia abroad.
Under Article 88(1) of the Aliens Act (Narodne novine No 109/03 and 182/04), at the request of a legal or natural person employing an alien, the work permit is issued by a competent authority or the Police Administration/police station in whose area the employer’s head office is situated, within fifteen days from the date of filing the application. Under Article 89 of said Act, the employer shall submit the information on the alien with whom he/she is to conclude a contract of employment or other relevant contract, information on the work post or job and working conditions, certificate of the registration of the company, agency or small business in the Republic of Croatia, certificate of taxes paid and the employer’s statement justifying the employment of the alien.
A work permit may be issued if the said conditions have been met and if the annual government-established work permit quota for specific occupations are not filled.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Aliens Act relating to temporary stay, as provided in its Article 95, the following categories of aliens are not required to posses a work permit:
Aliens under Subparagraphs 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18 and 20 of Paragraph (1) of this Article must have a valid contract concluded with a natural or legal person that is registered in the Republic of Croatia for the engagement in these activities.
If persons are to stay in the Republic of Croatia less than 30 days, they need not regulate the temporary stay but only have to register the sojourn, as stipulated in Article 80(2) and (3) of the Aliens Act. If they intend to stay in Croatia more than 30 days, they are to regulate their temporary stay for the purpose of work, as set out in Article 34(1)(iii) of the said Act. The application shall be accompanied by documents listed in the Rules of the Status of Aliens in the Republic of Croatia (Narodne novine No 202/03 and 145/04).