Serbia: Amendments to the Law on Foreigners and Law on Employment of Foreigners

On July 26, 2023 the National Assembly of Serbia has adopted the long awaited changes in terms of Law on Foreigners and Law on employment of Foreigners. Most amendments will enter into force as of February 1, 2024, while some will be applicable as of August 4, 2023.

The new rules mostly affect the residence permits and introduce the term “Single Permit”, which will be a new form of permit that will cover both work and residence permit.

Furthermore, Authorities have announced that the entire procedure will take place online on a new portal that will be presented by the end of 2023.

Key changes and developments that are applicable as of February 1, 2024:

  • A Single Permit will be issued to the Foreigners in a single procedure, that will be conducted before one sole authority, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia.
  • A new type of ID will be issued to the holders of Single Permit, which is a physical biometric document while the previous permits had the form of a sticker in the passport.
  • The dependents of holders of the single permit who obtain residence authorization for family union purposes will be eligible to undertake work in Serbia. At the moment, however, the dependents of work permit and temporary residence permit holders who obtain residence authorization for family union purposes cannot undertake work in Serbia.
  • The applications for the issuance of the Single Permit will be processed within 15 days (previously the entire procedure of the residence and work permit lasted approx. 60 days) What is more, individuals will be given the chance to start working in Serbia from the day they submit their Single Permit application while, currently, they are able to work only after the receipt of the permit.
  • Individuals with Single Permit will have the option to modify their employment role or employer by submitting an application for and acquiring approval from the Serbian Employment Agency, all while keeping their current authorization active. At the moment, holders of work permit are required to terminate their prevailing permit and request a new one upon altering their employment position or employer.

Key changes and developments that are applicable as of August 4, 2023:

  • Temporary residence permits are now valid for up to three years (up from one year).
  • Temporary residence card holders can now apply for extensions up until the expiry date of their current license. Previously, they had to submit renewal applications at least 30 days before the expiration of the current permit.
  • Foreigners may apply for permanent residence after 3 consecutive years of stay in Serbia (down from 5 years)

Eurofast Serbia offers full support in immigration procedures for both new applications for individuals and/or extension of the existing ones.

For further inquiries, please contact Mrs. Natasa Nedic, Director/Country Executive, at our Eurofast office in Serbia at

Aleksandar Maljkovic
Tax Advisor
Eurofast Belgrade