On January 7, 2021, the Rulebook on detailed conditions for submitting a request for a temporary residence permit electronically (the “Rulebook“) entered into force. The Rulebook was adopted by the Minister of Internal Affairs pursuant to Article 41, paragraph (10) of the Law on Foreigners (“Official Gazette of RS”, No. 24/18 and 31/19), and will be applied from April 1, 2021.
The Rulebook prescribes more detailed conditions for submitting a request for approval, i.e., an extension of temporary residence of foreign citizens electronically. A foreigner may submit a request from abroad, or when he is on the territory of the Republic of Serbia. The procedure foresees that first, the foreigner should register on the eGovernment portal and after that, the request is submitted on the portal, within the service on the domain called “Livinginserbia”. An additional benefit for foreign citizens is the bilingual application form for approval, i.e., an extension of temporary residence electronically, which is given as an annex to the Rulebook and forms an integral part thereof.
National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted amendments to the Law on Foreigners and the Law on the Employment of Foreigners, thereby introducing numerous changes. The laws entered into force on August 4, 2023, but their implementation was postponed to February 1, 2024.
From 17 May 2023, submission of application for registration of companies before the Serbian Business Registers’ Agency will be available only in electronic form, via specific user application. Starting from 17 May, electronic application for registration of companies in the SBRA will be mandatory, meaning that paper application will no longer be accepted from this date.
At the beginning of November 2022, the Serbian Competition Authority initiated several ex officio investigations against different market participants.