Serbia has issued 11,717 work permits to foreigners in the first three months of 2023, while last year, it issued a total of 35,168 work permits, shows the data of the National Employment Service.
The highest number of work permits was issued to citizens of China, Russia, Turkey, India, Cuba, Macedonia, Ukraine and Nepal.
From the beginning of the military intervention in Ukraine on February 24 last year until April 6, 2023, Serbia issued 12,593 work permits to Russian nationals, of which 3,546 were issued to women.
In this same period, 568 Ukrainian citizens were granted work permits, of whom 328 are women.
Under the Serbian Law on Employment of Foreign Citizens, work permits are issued by the National Employment Service.
Following the adoption of changes to the Law on Employment of Foreign Citizens and Law on Foreigners, the conditions for obtaining work and residency permits for foreigners in Serbia will be liberalized, and they will be issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The breakdown of the issued work permits per nationality is the following:
- PR China 10,044 permits
- Russian Federation 8,081
- Turkey 5,672
- India 2,974
- Cuba 703
- Ukraine 484
- Nepal 420
- Bosnia and Herzegovina 354
- Montenegro 325
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