The status of foreigners in the Republic of Serbia is regulated by the Law on Foreigners and the Law on Employment of Foreigners

The status of foreigners in the Republic of Serbia is regulated by the Law on Foreigners and the Law on Employment of Foreigners. A foreigner who aims to be employed in our country has the same rights and obligations in terms of work, employment and self-employment as domestic citizens.
Employment of a foreigner is realized under the condition that he/she has a visa for a longer stay on the basis of employment, a permit for temporary residence or permanent residence and a work permit. Most commonly, the application is submitted for a work permit on the basis of a temporary residence permit. 

The documentation required for submitting an application differs from the type of requested work permit.
A work permit can be issued as:
- personal work permit;
- work permit.

Only one type of work permit can be issued for the same period of time.

A personal work permit is a work permit that enables a foreigner free employment, self-employment and exercising rights in case of unemployment, in accordance with the law. It is issued at the foreigner’s request if: 1) he has a permanent residence permit; 2) has refugee status; 3) belongs to a special category of foreigners.

A work permit is a type of work permit issued as: 1) a work permit for employment; 2) work permit for special employment cases; 3) work permit for self-employment. A foreigner with a work permit may only perform work for which he has obtained a permit.

The procedure for regulating the residence and obtaining a work permit is, usually, quite complex, primarily due to the preparation and obtaining of the necessary documentation. Our law firm has many years of experience in this field. Our services include taking all necessary actions to regulate the status of foreign nationals, including legal advice before entering the country, applying for a temporary residence permit and issuing a work permit, representing clients before the Ministry of Interior, the National Employment Service and all other authorities of the Republic of Serbia.

Also, our lawyers provide legal advice and conduct the procedure of starting your own business before the Agency for Business Registers (registration of legal entities and entrepreneurs), which can also be one of the grounds for regulating the stay of foreign nationals.

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