Croatia: Immigration Bulletin – New Work Permit Quota Announced for 2012
Key personnel remain outside of the quota system
In order to encourage local employment, the government of Croatia limits the number of permits for foreigners that may work in the country by setting up work permit quotas on a yearly basis. According to the newly announced 2012 quota, 3,000 already issued permits may be extended this year. This is approximately 2,000 less than the number of extensions allowed in 2011.
However, while in 2011 the quota was set at zero for issuing new work permits to foreigners, this year 988 work permits are available to foreigners arriving to take up new jobs in the country. New work permits are to be allocated between various sectors as follows:
• construction – 4 new work permits
• boat building – 614 new work permits
• tourism – 145 new work permits
• culture – 53 new work permits
• traffic – 49 new work permits
• health – 25 new work permits
• science and education – 64 new work permits
• processing – 34 new work permits
Similar to last year, those foreigners who qualify as ‘key personnel’ in Croatia are exempt from the above limits and may receive work authorizations outside of the quota system. The new foreigners act introduced in January clarifies the definition of key personnel based on qualifications and work experience; however interpretation of the term is still largely decided at the discretion of the immigration authority.
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