Work permit for secondment of foreigners to Serbia is regulated under Article 18 of the Law and is classified as the work permit for special employment cases along with work permit for transfer within the company, independent professionals and training and professional improvement.
The Law prescribes that this type of work permit could be issued at the request of an employer in Serbia to do business or perform services in the territory of the Republic of Serbia based on a contract concluded between the employer and foreign employer.
The work permit is issued for a concluded contract period which cannot exceed a maximum period of one year. However, it can be extended for up to two years, with the consent of the competent ministry in charge of employment, and upon the previously obtained opinion of the competent ministry in charge of the area which regulates the activity of the employer for business or services that are of interest to the Republic of Serbia. The above-mentioned consent should be obtained by the National Employment Service ex officio, while prior to the adoption of the law amendments, the subject approval and opinion were obtained by the applicant.
However, the relationship between Serbia and some countries regarding this subject is regulated by bilateral or international agreements. Hence, if the employer, which is allocating the individual, is registered in such a country, in that case, a work permit for secondment shall be issued in the procedure and in accordance with the conditions, benefits and term determined by that agreement. We recommend that you consult with a lawyer in order to check whether your country has an agreement with Serbia regulating this matter.
The request for extending the work permit for seconded persons who are employed by a foreign employer shall be submitted to the National Employment Service no later than 60 days before the expiration of the previous work permit validity period.