The Republic of Croatia became a member of the EU on the 1st July. This means that Croation nationals can now move and live freely in any member state of the EU. Member states may restrict access to the labour market for a transitional period and the UK is taking up the option to do so.
Before a Croation national can start work they may need to apply for worker authorisation also known as purple registration certificate or the purple card. Those qualifying for the purple card will generally be skilled workers who meet the criteria for the issue of a certificate of sponsorship under Tier 2 and Tier 5 of the points based system unless they are going to be employed as a postgraduate doctor/dentist, sole representative of an overseas business, or a domestic servant in a private household.
The complete Sponsor guidance is available here.
Highly Skilled Persons
A Croatian national may apply for a registration certificate confirming the holder
has free access to the labour market (a “blue registration certificate”) on the basis
that they are a highly skilled person. In order to be regarded as highly skilled, the Croatian national will have to either:
- meet the relevant requirements of the exceptional talent category under
Tier 1 of the points-based system by obtaining an endorsement (e.g. a
letter of recommendation) from a designated competent body. These
bodies will either be The Royal Society, The Royal Academy of
Engineering, The British Academy or the Arts Council; or
- in the period of 12 months preceding the date of their application for a
blue registration certificate, been awarded one of the following from a UK
higher education institution:
- A recognised bachelor, masters or doctoral degree, or
- A Higher National Diploma (HND) by a Scottish higher education
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