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Montenegro Work Visas & Work Permits

Learn about the types of Montenegro work visas and how to apply for them for your foreign workers

Is your business planning to expand to the European nation of Montenegro? If so, you will probably need to source at least some of your workforce from abroad to help with the expansion. To bring foreign workers to Montenegro, the employees will generally need Montenegro work visas. 

The Montenegro visa system can be difficult to understand, with different types of visas available, a different language, unique regulations, and many other factors all having the potential to cause costly delays.

At Horizons, our expansion experts offer a range of Montenegro work visa solutions, immigration help, and outsourcing services to give your business everything necessary to expand to Montenegro along with a global workforce.

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Basic requirements for Montenegro work visas

Some of the standard requirements for foreign workers applying to work in Montenegro include:
  • A passport
  • Passport photos
  • Application forms
  • Application fees
  • Medical insurance
  • Job contract/offer from a Montenegro-based employer
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Criminal record check

Types of Montenegro work visas and work permits

There are three main categories of documents for foreign employees looking to work in Montenegro. Standard work permits are intended for short-term work, so are good for contract workers, seasonal work, and so on. Personal work permits offer more freedom as holders can seek work with any employer, and are valid for up to one year. 

Employment permits are likely to be the most suitable for most workers and are linked to a specific job with a Montenegrin employer.

In addition to one of these documents, foreign workers will need a residence permit to stay in Montenegro legally.

How to get Montenegro work visas and permits

Firstly, your employees should obtain a residence permit through their local Montenegrin embassy/consulate, where they can submit an application and get advice on the process. 

For the work/employment permit, the employer should handle the application process. This can also be done via a Montenegrin embassy/consulate, and will usually be processed within four weeks. For more information, you can visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Other considerations

As the process of obtaining two documents (residence permit and work permit) can take several weeks from start to finish, it is important to prepare in advance and start the process early to avoid delays. 

How can Horizons help?

At Horizons, we help businesses establish in and expand to Montenegro, and we specialize in getting Montenegro work visas for foreign workers. Our Montenegro work visa team can provide expert advice and custom outsourcing services to guide you through the country’s complex immigration process rapidly and efficiently. We will make sure that you and your employees are fully compliant with Montenegro’s laws, save you time, and provide the answers to any questions you may have along the way. 

Additionally, we offer an extensive range of outsourcing services to cover recruitment, payroll, HR, administration, and more, even for companies that don’t have an official subsidiary in Montenegro.