From December 1st 2020, a new system shall be introduced in order to facilitate the entry of foreign workers in Serbia â€“ it will be possible to file both requests (temporary residence together with a working permit) electronically, at the same time and in one application.
For now, it is still separate, but it is already possible to initiate the process electronically on the website of the Ministry of Interior.
Of course, you can always do it in person â€“ in Belgrade at the Directorate for Foreigners (which is a department of the Ministry of Interior), located in Savska Street no. 35.
Before indulging in this endeavor, please check the general and particular requirements that you have to meet and the documents that you have to collect in order to successfully complete the process on the following link.
The working hours are Monday to Friday from 09h until 13h, so make sure you go within this time frame, otherwise you will have to come back another day. You donâ€™t need to book an appointment as it works on a first-come, first-served basis. This first meeting will last about an hour.
Every time you want to renew your temporary residence permit, you have to submit a new application at least 30 days prior to the expiry date of your permit. The process will be the same as described above, but it should be quicker, as the Directorate will already have your data.
When you enter the main office to submit the documentation you will get the payment instructions at the main desk in the entrance of the building. If you are filing for a temporary residence permit up to 3 months, the fee is 11.670,00 dinars (cca 100 euros) and if it is for a stay between 3 to 12 months, it amounts to 17.470,00 dinars (cca 150 euros).
When you complete the payment, you have to come back to the office and show the certificate of payment to the officers, since they do not have the insight into the electronic database of executed payment orders.
Within the next few minutes, you will be called for a short interview. When you finish the interview, the officers will give you a certificate (written in the official cyrillic alphabet) with the date of your next appointment.
On that date, you have to come back to the Directorate (from 9 to 13) to learn the decision - on granting or denying residence. Please make sure that you bring your passport with you, because if the decision is positive (temporary residence granted) you will be asked to leave your passport there, so they can put a sticker in it, and come back to pick it up from 14h until 15h.