The Law on Amendments of the Law on Employment of the Foreigners (hereinafter: the “Amendments of Law”) is published in the Official Gazette no. 50/2018 and is applicable from July 7, 2018.

Amendments of Law were adopted having in mind the existence of an employer’s interest that employees who are foreigners start to work as soon as possible. Therefore, by the Amendments of Law institute of temporary work permit is introduced. This institute did not exist in the Law on Employment of Foreigners from 2014 (hereinafter: the “Law”).

The conditions that must be fulfilled in order to National Employment Service issues a temporary work permit to a foreigner are as follows:

  • The issuance of a temporary work permit is in the interest of the Republic of Serbia (hereinafter: “RoS”) or that is required by RoS’ internationally accepted obligations,
  • A foreigner, to whom a temporary work permit is issued, fulfils all the employer’s requirements related to the appropriate knowledge and skills, qualifications, previous experience, etc.,
  • A foreigner has submitted a request for temporary stay, and
  • A foreigner has previously obtained the approval of the minister responsible for internal affairs.

Although the intention of adoption of the Amendments of Law is justified, it remains unclear who is authorized to determine when it is in the interest of RoS to issue a temporary work permit to a foreigner.

Temporary work permit is issued for a period no longer than 45 days.


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