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Third-country citizen stay

Third-country citizen stay

Citizens of third-countries considered aliens if they are not citizens of European Economic Area (EU, Principality of Liechtenstein, Kingdom of Norway, Republic of Iceland) and the Swiss Confederation.

Citizens of third-countries in Croatia can be on a short-term stay, temporary stay and permanent residence.

Short-term stay
Short-term stay refers to residence for up to three months based on a visa or without a visa. A third-country citizen who does not need a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia may stay in Croatia for up to three months in a period of six months from the date of first entry.

Temporary stay

Temporary residence permit may be granted for the purpose of family reunification, work, secondary education and study, scientific research, humanitarian reasons, work of allocated workers (regulation will come into force after the Croatian accession to the EU) and other purposes.

An application for a temporary residence permit shall be submitted to the competent diplomatic mission or consular office of the Republic of Croatia. A foreigner that does not need a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia may apply for temporary residence at a local police department or police station according to intended place of residence, the headquarters of the employer or the alien’s place of work. Exceptionally, foreigners who need a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia, can apply for temporary residence at a local police department / station if:

  1. Comes to study at a university of applied sciences in the status of a regular student undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level,
  2. is a scientific researcher who comes on the basis of a guest contract,
  3. comes in to perform the duties prescribed by Article 76, paragraph 1, items 12, 13, 14 and 15 of the Act on Aliens,
  4. is a member of a close family of a third country national referred to in points 1, 2 or 3 of this paragraph,
  5. is a member of the close family of a Croatian citizen, 6. is a living or informal life partner of a Croatian citizen.

An application for a temporary residence permit should be submitted by a third-country citizen. An application for permission to stay and work may be submitted also by the employer. The request for a temporary stay should be state the purpose of stay or a justifiable reason to stay.

A temporary residence permit is valid for one year. The passport on the basis of which the permit is issued must be valid for at least 3 months longer than the period for which the permit is issued for. A third-country citizen shall be granted temporary residence if he can defend the reason for temporary residence, if he possesses a valid travel document, maintenance expenses, health insurance, and there is no ban on his entry and stay and he does not pose a threat to public order, national security or public health.

Residence and work of citizens of countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) and their family members

  • A citizen of a Member State of the EEA and members of his family, whether nationals of the EEA Member State or not, and having the right to reside in the Republic of Croatia, are equal to the rights of nationals of the Republic of Croatia within the terms of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
  • The citizen of the EEA Member States and members of his family can work and provide services in the Republic of Croatia without a residence permit and without a work receipt certificate.
  • The provisions of the Aliens Act relating to nationals of the EEA Member States also apply to nationals of the Swiss Confederation.
  • The provisions of the Aliens Act concerning members of the families of nationals of the Member States of the EEA Member States shall also apply to members of the family of Croatian nationals who are nationals of the EEA Member States.

Residence and work of highly skilled citizens of third countries

Citizen of a third country that is a highly skilled worker has to apply for the issuance of a residence and work permit in a diplomatic mission, or a consular office of the Republic of Croatia or in a police department, or in a police station according to place of residence.

Residence and work permit (“EU blue card) for a citizen of a third country that is a highly skilled worker is a valid permit to reside and work in the Republic of Croatia.

A third country citizen that has been issued with a “EU blue card” can be employed in the Republic of Croatia only on a job for which a residence and work permit has been issued and with the specified employer.

Permanent residence

Permanent residence may be granted to a third-country citizen who at the time of submitting the application has uninterrupted period of temporary residence for 5 years. It is considered that the a third-country citizen resided continuously in the Republic of Croatia, if during a period of five years he was absent for up to 10 months or up to 6 months at once. A third-country citizen must have temporary stay in the Republic of Croatia at the time of deciding on the application for permanent residence.

Application for permanent residence will be submitted at the police department / station authorized according to the place of residence of the Alien, and the application shall be decided by the Ministry of Interior.

Permanent residence will be granted to a third-country citizen who:

  1. has a valid foreign passport,
  1. has the means to support himself,
  2. has health insurance,
  3. knows the Croatian language and the Latinic alphabeth and the Croatian culture and social organization,
  4. poses no threat to public order, national security or public health.

 

 

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