One of the most significant changes in comparison to the previous regulation is the possibility to apply for a long-term visa (Visa D) based on employment.
Under Article 22 of the Law, the long-term visa grants permission to enter and stay on the territory of the Republic of Serbia for a period between 90 and 180 days. Obtaining a long-term visa is necessary for foreigners who require a visa under the visa regime for entry into our country and who intend to apply for temporary residence.
The added paragraph is applicable as of January 1, 2020, and prescribes a new type of visa, a “long-term visa based on employment”.
In line with this provision, a foreigner who acquires a long-term visa based on employment exercises employment rights in accordance with The Law on Employment of Foreigners.
The harmonization of the Law on Foreigners and the Law on Employment of Foreigners resulted in the possibility for foreigners to apply for a work permit based on a long-term visa. Such a work permit can be issued for the period of visa validity.
On the other hand, in case the business engagement is extended, a foreigner should apply for a temporary residence permit based on employment before the long-term visa based on employment expires.