The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office for IT and eGovernment, in May 2021, have presented the new online service for the electronic application for a long-term visa for employment in Serbia (“Visa D”) . This possibility was introduced for foreigners to apply online for a visa and simultaneously obtain both the Visa D and the work permit lasting up to 180 days for the Republic of Serbia.
This is enabled via the eConsulate portal, where a foreigner can apply for a Visa D for employment. The application is simple, just by registering and filling up the person’s account simply via entering email and passcode. Through the registered personal account, the foreigner fills in the form with basic personal data, data on the travel document and the basis of the application, after which they will receive instructions for paying the administrative fee.
Immediately upon submitting the application, each visa application is assigned an identification number, which can then be used by an employer from Serbia to apply online with the National Employment Service for a work permit for up to 180 days. Therefore, except that the Law on Foreigners itself shortened the procedures for hiring foreign workers by introducing a Visa D on the basis of employment, now, by introducing the eConsulate platform, the process of obtaining a work permit in Serbia is not only shorter but much easier. Specifically, the application process is much faster, and both requests are decided simultaneously within 30 days.
This is a logical course of improvement of the procedure of applying for Visa D on the basis of employment, similar to the introduced single application for temporary residence and work permit, which we covered previously, which also shortens the procedure of issuing permits to foreigners who wish to stay and work for more than 180 days in Serbia.