Law on employment of foreigners

Law on employment of foreigners

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National Assembly of Republic of Serbia rendered amendments of several labour-related laws and adopted a new regulating seasonal work. We would hereby like to introduce you to the respective changes that have an impact on rights and obligations of both engaged personnel and employers.

As of 7th July 2018 latest amendments to the Law on employment of foreigners enter into force. These amendments are aimed at simplifying the procedure for issuing of work permit, with the purpose of developing more favourable business environment and attracting foreign investments.

First significant change is that labour market test now lasts 10 days instead of previous duration of one month. In addition, this period can be shortened by the competent ministry in case such reduction is in interest of the Republic of Serbia. 

Another important novelty is the possibility of obtaining “temporary permit” that allows the foreigner to work in Republic of Serbia for a maximum period of 45 days. In order to obtain temporary work permit foreign citizen has to fulfil work conditions and have necessary qualifications set out by the employer and submit the request for obtaining temporary residence permit. Minister competent for internal affairs then decides whether he will give his approval to grant the permit or not, depending on significance of engagement of foreigner for Republic of Serbia and undertaken international obligations. 

By Jelena Aleksic, Partner, Nikola Dordevic, Partner, Marko Mrda, Senior Associate JPM Jankovic Popovic Mitic