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A permit for work is a document based on which the domestic or foreign employer concludes a contract on employment or work, or does other business with a foreigner in accordance with the Law on Employment and Work of Foreigners, Official Gazette of RM 70/07; 05/09 and 35/10.
Employment of foreigners in the Republic of Macedonia is done within the quotas determined by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs/Agency for Employment on the basis of the labour market conditions.
Only in specific cases, as described in theGuideline for Visas and Working Permits, employment permits could be issued regardless of labour market conditions (for employment of athletes, artists, scientists, etc.)
There are three types of work permits:
− Personal work permit
− Employment permit
− Work permit
A work permit is issued in accordance with different time limits established according to the purpose for which it was issued. A foreigner can be issued only one type of permit to work for a specified period.
Personal work permit
Any foreigner who intends to establish or co-establish a private company, as well as any foreigner who intends to conduct a single-owned business or is a self-employed person, is required to obtain a personal work permit. The personal work permit is issued within 60 days provided that the documentation is complete. Personal work permit is valid for a period of one year.
The employment permit is a type of permit issued for the purpose of permanent employment of a foreigner in the country, when a job position could not be fulfilled on the domestic labour market. The employment permit is issued within the quota for employment of foreigners. The permit for the first employment is issued for a period of six months with the possibility to be extended for a total period of one year, with no additional verifications. The personal work permit is issued within 50 days provided that the documentation is complete.
A work permit is a type of permit to work, valid for a predetermined limited period of time, based on which the foreigner can have a temporary job in the Republic of Macedonia in accordance with the purpose of such a permit. The purpose of work permits could be:
1. Work of posted foreign workers
2. Training and upgrading of foreigners
3. Seasonal work of foreigners
4. Work of foreign representatives
5. Individual services of foreigners
In case of non-seasonal jobs, in accordance with the Law on Employment and Work of Foreigners, the work permit is issued for the period indicated in the application made by the employer, and the working period depends on the type of work permit.
The work permit is issued within 45 days provided the documentation is complete.
Working permits issuance
Personal work permit
Visa Regime of the Republic of Macedonia
|Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia|
Dame Gruev 6
phone: +389 23 115 266
fax: +389 23 115 790