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When traveling to Serbia, your nationality and the types of activities you will conduct during your trip will determine whether you may travel lawfully as a business visitor or if work authorization will be required. Please seek advice from your immigration counsel if you are uncertain about the specific types of activities that constitute business or work.
What types of activities may I engage in as a business visitor?
As a business visitor to Serbia, you may engage in the activities below. While this list is not exhaustive and other activities could qualify as business, you may:
- » Attend business and sales meetings
- » Attend conferences and workshops
- » Attend trade shows
- » Visit clients
If I qualify as a business visitor, do I need a visa for Serbia?
Nationals of the European Union, the United States, and many other countries are eligible for a visa waiver and are not required to obtain a visa to enter and conduct business activities in Serbia.
If your nationality is not eligible for a visa waiver, you may be eligible to obtain a Short Stay “C” Visa from a Serbian Embassy or Consulate prior to travel. Please consult with your immigration counsel prior to travel to determine your eligibility for a visa waiver or Short Stay Visa.
What types of activities require work authorization?
The activities below, whether paid or unpaid, generally constitute work under Serbian law. This list is not exhaustive, and many other professional activities are considered work in Serbia, even if conducted for a short duration.
- » Touring a company facility
- » Auditing
In limited circumstances, foreign nationals may engage in certain professional activities without obtaining work authorization, although strict preconditions must be met. An individual assessment is required before deciding whether a short-term work authorization exemption is applicable.
If I am traveling to Serbia for work, what type of work authorization do I need?
The requirements for work authorization depend on your qualifications, on the nature and duration of your work, and on whether your employer has an entity in Serbia. The most common types of work authorization for Serbia are:
- » Work Permit for Employment (work authorization for direct hires)
- » Work Permits for Special Cases
- » Secondment (work authorization for assignees)
- » Intra-Company Transfers (work authorization for managers, executives, and other key staff representatives transferred to a branch of the same company or affiliated company in Serbia)
- » Independent Professionals (work authorization for highly-qualified specialists and entrepreneurs)
Is it possible to be exempted from work authorization requirements?
There are no nationalities eligible for an exemption to long-term work authorization requirements.
Inevitably, the legal and strategic considerations impacting visa selection, as well as visa waiver and work authorization eligibility, entail the careful consideration of many factors. We recommend that you consult with your immigration counsel before taking any course of action.
Copyright © 2021 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. Government immigration agencies often change their policies and practices without notice; please consult an immigration professional for up-to-date information. This document does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. BAL maintains comprehensive immigration information and processing specifics for our clients.
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