Work Visa - Highly Qualified Employment

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cost of Living
Talent Migration


In order to be able to legally offer services in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the interested needs to apply for a Work Visa "without work permit" to get a Temporary Residence Permit.


up to 1 year





Processing time

1 week




What are eligibility requirements for the Work Visa - Highly Qualified Employment?

2 Eligibility Requirements

  • Contract on service or other matching document for conducting works of highly qualified employee.
  • Proof of sufficient funds.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Work Visa - Highly Qualified Employment?

15 Document Required

  • Аpplication for issuance of approval- extension of approval of temporary residence in BiH.
  • BAM 150 (86 USD) of administrative fee for approval-extension of temporary residence.
  • Recent photo, size 35x45 mm (two photos are needed for approval of temporary residence, and one photo for extension of temporary residence) produced on white, bright, thin photo paper.
  • Certified copy of passport, deadline of validity at least three months longer from period for which the approval of temporary residence is being asked for (page with data, inserted exit stamp from border crossing of state from which an alien enters into BiH, and stamp of entry into BiH recent date from the date of issuing work permit, visa for long-term, residence- visa ‘D’) x2.
  • Copy of form of registration of alien’s stay (only when is being submitted application for approval of temporary residence).
  • Copy of last decision on approved temporary residence or stickers of approval of temporary residence (only when is being submitted application for extension of temporary residence).
  • Evidence on secured accommodation in BiH - evidence on possession of real estate wherein is located apartment or contract on rent of apartment, statement by landlord where alien has secured accommodation giving consent for the utilization of apartment with evidence on property or utilization of apartment.
  • Medical attestation issued no later than three months indicating that an alien does not suffer from a disease presenting a threat to public health in BiH, (original or certified copy).
  • Attestation of the competent authority in the alien’s country of origin confirming that no criminal proceedings and penalty for criminal acts have been imposed against him/her. Such certificated shall not be issued later than six months prior the date of submitted residence application; (original or certified copy), (this evidence is not being disseminated for minors of age up to 14 years).
  • Evidence that no criminal proceeding is being conducted issued by the competent court in BiH, not longer than 6 months prior to submitting application and certificate on no criminal record issued by competent Ministry of Internal Affairs in BiH, if checks are not disseminated officially ( evidence is not being disseminate when it is approval of residence).
  • Evidence on means for subsistence: - possession of cash in the national or a foreign convertible currency, possession of cash in the national of foreign convertible currency: - possession of any forms of non-cash payment means recognized by the banking system of BiH or means enabling withdrawal of money in BiH, or a guarantee of a bank from BiH which accepts the non-cash payment means possessed by the alien; - by invitation letter of Article 32 (Invitation letter) of this law: - possession of evidence on paid accommodation or organized trip; - possession of other assets, such as: immovable property in BiH based on which it is possible to secure the means of subsistence during his/her stay in BiH, funds arising from direct foreign investments; manufacturing technical coordination or cooperation, etc. - it is considered that an alien who has work permit in BiH meets requirements due to the possession of means for subsistence. - the existence of means for exit of alien from BiH may be proved by possession of valid travel ticket for continuation of travel, or for return, as well when an alien legally possess means of transport.
  • Evidence on secured health insurance in BiH (insurance policy, copy of health card, evidence on registration at the Fund of health, evidence on paid individual or collective travel health insurance, and other evidences).
  • Evidence on university qualification.
  • Evidence on working experience in profession at least five years upon completed university education.
  • Contract on service or other matching document for conducting works of highly qualified employee in period of at least one year, and in contract must be indicated gross salary which is not less than 1,5 average gross annual salary which is being paid in BiH according to officially published data by authority competent for statistics in BiH.

Talent Migration data for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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