On 26 July 2023, the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Law on Amendments to the Law on Foreigners („Amendments to the Law on Foreigners”), as well as the Law on Amendments to the Law on Employment of Foreigners („Amendments to the Law on Employment of Foreigners”). Certain amendments of the laws came into effect on 4 August 2023, while the most significant provisions that facilitate the procedure will come into force on 1 February 2024, following the fulfillment of technical requirements and the adoption of by-laws by the competent authorities.
The purpose of these amendments is to shorten and simplify administrative procedures related to the regulation of the status of foreigners, as well as to facilitate conditions for employing foreigners in the Republic of Serbia.
The most significant amendments introduced by these laws are:
- Unified permit for temporary residence and work
- Duration of temporary residence
- Work without a unified or work permit
- Shorter term for issuing labor market test reports
- Retention of evidence of employment conditions fulfilment
- Permanent residence
- Assignment of foreigners
- Increased monetary fines
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