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If your business is planning to expand to Serbia, you will probably want to bring in some foreign employees to help with the business setup and growth. To do this, each employee will generally need a Serbia work visa.

The process of getting your Serbian work visas can be complex and could take several weeks or months in total. Serbia has a variety of visas, so it is important to understand the most suitable types for your business and employees and to follow all the regulations to avoid potential delays.

At Horizons, our expansion specialists offer an extensive range of Serbia work visa services, immigration support, and outsourcing, giving your business everything needed to thrive in Serbia with the help of a globally sourced workforce.

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Basic requirements for Serbia work visas

There are a number of requirements for every type of Serbian visa, but the specifics vary from visa to visa. However, some of the general requirements include:

  • Valid passport and photos
  • Letter of invitation from a Serbia-based company
  • Application forms
  • Application fees
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • Proof of funds

Different types of Serbia visas

Serbia has a range of visas for foreigners and workers, however the most useful for most foreign workers are generally C visas (for stays of fewer than 90 days) and D visas (for stays of more than 90 days).

Workers will also need a work permit to legally work in Serbia.

Obtaining work visas and permits for Serbia

The first step of the process is obtaining a work permit. Work permit applications must be completed by the employer, but first, the employer must correspond with the National Employment Service to demonstrate that no Serbians are available to fill the position in question. If no Serbians can be found, the employer can apply for a work permit.

To apply for a work visa, your prospective employee should liaise with the Serbian Ministry of Interior Affairs, supplying any relevant documents and application forms to their local embassy/consulate.

Further considerations

The process of applying for Serbian work visas and permits can take several weeks, so you should always prepare and start your application well in advance of needing the documents.

Serbia is not a member of the European Union, but it is possible that it will join at some point in the future, in which case the visa requirements may change.

How can Horizons help with your Serbian work visas?

At Horizons, we specialize in helping companies expand into Serbia, and we are experts in obtaining work visas and work permits for foreign workers. Our Serbia work visa specialists offer advice and bespoke outsourcing services to support you through Serbia’s complex immigration process quickly and effectively. We will ensure that you and your foreign workforce are fully compliant with Serbia’s unique regulations and help you focus entirely on your expansion efforts.

Additionally, we offer wide-ranging outsourcing services for recruitment, payroll, HR, administration, and more to help your business start expanding in Serbia as rapidly as possible, even if you don’t have a registered entity in the country.