Croatia Work Permit


If you are planning to work in Croatia, then you need both a work permit and a residency permit. Once issued, these will be valid for one year, and then can be renewed. Once you complete 5 years in Croatia, you can apply for permanent residency and for citizenship once 6 years are completed.

Only people with 1-2 years of work experience can apply for a work permit in Croatia. Your passport should also have a validity of 2-3 years. You must also present a valid Police Clearance Certificate (based on current residence). Knowledge of English is mandatory.

Steps to apply for a Croatian work permit

Croatia Visa Types

  • Croatia Business Visa

    The business visa is valid for 90 days or 180 days, and this can be extended as per the discretion of the immigration authorities. As this is strictly a business visa, you cannot seek employment with this.

  • Croatia long-stay visas

    If you wish to stay in Croatia for longer than 90 days, then you will have to possess two kinds of permits - Croatia long-stay visa and a temporary residence permit. There are different kinds of Croatian long-stay visas. For example, with a Croatian work visa, you can live and work in Croatia. However, you need to have a Croatian employer before applying for a work permit and a visa, because it is the employer who gets this for you. It is not possible to get a temporary residence permit in Croatia without a valid work permit.

  • Croatia Tourist Visa

    The tourist visa is often given for short stays in the country, like tourism, medical treatment, business or any short-term stay requirement.