Development of researchers mobility policy guidelines for the region of Western Balkans - 2005-2007

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Legislation review for incoming mobility in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Foreign Researchers in B&H

  • Many obstacles prevent foreign researchers from working in Bosnia: difficulties to obtain residence permits, work permits, getting foreign academic degrees recognised...
  • Almost impossible to bring someone from abroad to work on a project for one year;

Legal Requirements

 In B&H, each entity/district has its own law related to employment of foreign nationals:

  • FB&H: "Law on Employment of Foreign Nationals";
  • RS: "Law on Employment of Foreign Nationals and Persons without Citizenship";
  • Brčko District: "Law on Employment of Foreign Nationals";

All three laws state that:

  • A foreign national can sign a contract with an employer in B&H, only if he/she has a work permit;
  • The work permit shall be issued only if the foreign national has a temporary or permanent resident permit and under the condition that no citizen of B&H with qualifications required by the employer is registered on the list of Employment Agency;
  • Work permits are issued on a determined period of time, usually one year, with possibility of extension;
  • Exceptionally, for foreign nationals with permanent resident permit, the permanent work permit may be issued

Law on foreigners employment FB&H, available only in local language (Zakon o zaposljavanju stranaca FBiH)

Recognition of Academic Degrees

  • One of the preconditions to get work permit, is recognition of academic degree as an equivalent to the local one;
  • Universities in B&H do not have proper understanding of foreign systems of education, and very often the requests for recognition of foreign academic degrees are rejected;
  • According to the Law, the procedure for recognition of one diploma should not take longer than 60 days;
  • In practice, this procedure takes much longer since there are no penalty provisions if the procedure is not implemented in the determined period of time;
  • This procedure takes approximately one year in most cases, and sometimes even more;

Rules on recognition of foreign diplomas, University of Tuzla, B&H, available only in local language  (Pravilnik o nostrifikaciji inozemnih diploma)

Mapping exercise for identification of research organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina

WEB-MOB project is an
INCO FP6 project supported by
the European Commission

Development of researchers mobility policy guidelines for the region of Western Balkans - 2005-2007