Following a significant increase in the number of foreign workers in Serbia (35,180 work permits issued for foreigners last year compared to 50,397 this year), the government passed an urgent amendment to the Law on the Employment of Foreigners in order to expedite and improve the process of issuing work permits, ensuring more efficient access to the labour market.
Amendments to the law introduce the concept of a single work/residence permit. This means that foreigners who want to work and stay in Serbia will in the future have submit only one request for both purposes – for work and residence.
The key change is the complete digitization of the procedure. Now, requests for a single work-residence permit will be submitted on a website, which means that the entire application, including the required documents, will be sent electronically. After the request is approved, the new work-residence permit will be issued as a biometric document.
However, it is important to note that the provisions related to the website, electronic visa and single work and residence permit will be in force as of February 1st, 2024. Most of the other provisions of the Law on the Employment of Foreigners will stay in force, except for those that define in detail what constitutes a referral act for permits issued to foreigners who have been referred by someone, as well as the penal provisions related to employers who do not adhere to the rights and obligations from the referral act.
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