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Stay of aliens

Short-term stay – stay of aliens of up to 90 days, with or without visa.

 

Aliens who are not obliged to possess a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia may stay in the Republic of Croatia for maximum 90 days within a period of 6 months, starting from the day of their first entry – Article 43(1) and (2) of the Aliens Act (Official Gazette No. 79/07 and 36/09).

 

Temporary stay

The FIRST TEMPORARY STAY PERMIT should be requested at the competent diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Croatia (Article 48(1) of the Aliens Act).

An alien may apply for the first temporary stay permit at a local police administration or a police station in the following cases:

  • serious humanitarian reasons
  • request for the family reunification with a Croatian national or an asylee
  • where the person concerned is the holder of a scholarship within the framework of a programme approved by the ministry responsible for education and science matters
  • work
  • where the alien concerned comes for scientific researches.

Exceptionally, an employer may on behalf of an alien and on the basis of a work permit apply for the first temporary stay for the purpose of work at the same time while applying for a work permit (Article 48 (4) of the Aliens Act).

Temporary stay shall be granted on the following grounds:

  • family reunification
  • work
  • secondary school education and university-level studies
  • scientific researches
  • humanitarian grounds

 

Exceptionally, an alien may be granted temporary stay for other purposes as well, for a maximum period of 6 months within a single year (Article 51 of the Aliens Act).

Autonomous staya type of temporary stay which shall be granted to aliens who have been granted temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification for an uninterrupted four-year period at least, provided that they meet the conditions for granting temporary stay in the Republic of Croatia (Article 61(1) of the Aliens Act). Autonomous stay may be granted to spouses or unmarried partners, children coming of age and to parents and adoptive parents of minor children (Article 61 (2) of the Aliens Act).
 

The Ordinance on the manner of calculating and the height of the means of subsistence for aliens in the Republic of Croatia (Official Gazette, No:88/09) proscribes the manner of calculating and the height of the minimum means of subsistence needed by aliens as a minimum for granting of temporary and permanent stay in the Republic of Croatia. The relevant provisions came into force on 30 July 2009.

 
Permanent stay

 

Permanent stay may be granted to an alien who has been in possession of a temporary stay permit for an uninterrupted period of 5 years before the submission of the application. It shall be deemed that the stay of aliens in the Republic of Croatia has been continuous, without any interruptions, if their several-time absence from the Republic of Croatia within a period of five years has not lasted longer than 10 months, that is, if their one-time absence from the Republic of Croatia within a period of five years has not lasted longer than 6 months (Article 78(1) and (2) of the Aliens Act).

 
Moreover, permanent stay may also be granted to:
  • an alien who has been in possession of a temporary stay permit for an uninterrupted period of 3 years before the submission of the application, and who had a refugee status for at least 10 years, which will be proved by a certificate of a competent state authority for refugees or
  • an alien on temporary stay, returning into the Republic of Croatia in line with the Program of Return and Accommodation of Displaced Persons, Refugees and Exiled Persons, which shall be proved by a certificate of the competent state authority for refugees (Article 80 of the Aliens Act).
 

The time required for granting permanent stay shall not include:

  1. the period of temporary stay for the purpose of work for seasonal workers and “au pair” work,
  2. the period of temporary stay for the providers of services on behalf of a foreign employer,
  3. the time spent serving a prison sentence.

In case of aliens who have been granted temporary stay for the purpose of university studies, only half of the granted temporary stay period for the purpose of university studies shall be included in the time required for granting permanent stay (Article 79(3) of the Aliens Act).

Marriage of aliens to Croatian nationals or aliens who have been granted permanent stay in the Republic of Croatia shall no longer be grounds for the acquisition of a permanent stay status.

Permanent stay shall be granted to aliens who:

  1. have a valid foreign travel document,
  2. have the means of subsistence,
  3. have health insurance,
  4. have knowledge of the Croatian language and the Latin script as well as of the Croatian culture and the organisation of the Croatian society,
  5. do not represent a danger for public order, national security or public health.
  6. have provided accommodation.

 

The knowledge of the Croatian language and Latin script may be tested by institutions of higher education that are responsible for Croatian language study programmes based on the permission of the ministry responsible for higher education, in line with their general legal act (Article 83(1) and (2) of the Aliens Act).

Persons above the age of 60, if not employed, shall not have to pass the test in the knowledge of the Croatian language and Latin script. Aliens shall prove the knowledge of the Croatian culture and the organisation of the society in the Republic of Croatia by filling in a questionnaire in the course of procedure needed for granting permanent stay. Aliens who have, by independent filling in the questionnaire on the knowledge of the Croatian culture and the organisation of the society in the Republic of Croatia proven their knowledge of the Croatian culture and the organisation of the Croatian society, shall not be obliged to take the test in the knowledge of the Croatian language and Latin script.

Work of aliens

Work permit

Aliens may work in the Republic of Croatia on the basis of a work or business permit (Article 114(1) of the Aliens Act). In cases stipulated by the Aliens Act, aliens may work without a work or business permit.

There is a quota system of work permits in the Republic of Croatia. The Government of the Republic of Croatia establishes the annual quota of work permits as regards the extension of the already issued work permits and new employments, and may also set the quota for the employment of seasonal workers.

The annual quota of work permits shall define activities and professions eligible for employment of aliens and the number of work permits to be issued for each of these activities.

In line with the provisions of the Aliens Act regulating the work of aliens in the Republic of Croatia, aliens shall be guaranteed identical rights as provided in the labour law regulations of the Republic of Croatia regarding the employment and work conditions, that is, in collective agreements and arbitration rulings. The guaranteed rights shall refer to the maximum stipulated working hours and minimum rest periods, the minimum paid annual leave, the minimum wage rate, including the overtime wage rate, health conditions and safety at work, protective measures for the employment of expecting mothers, women and minor workers and ban of discrimination.

 

The annual quota of work permits shall not refer to work permits issued:

  • to daily migrant alien workers employed in the Republic of Croatia under reciprocity conditions,
  • to the key personnel, workers and their family members, whose status has been regulated by the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States and the Republic of Croatia,
  • to aliens holding key positions in companies, branch offices and representative offices,
  • to aliens transferred as part of internal staff transfers within companies, as defined by the Protocol on the Accession of the Republic of Croatia to the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organisation,
  • to teachers teaching at educational institutions the language and script of a national minority,
  • to professional athletes or sports workers, employed in the Republic of Croatia on the basis of a valid employment contract,
  • on the basis of international agreements, except for the agreement referred to in Article 141 of the Aliens Act (Article 119(1) of the Aliens Act),
  • to aliens employed in foreign associations, registered as foreign associations in the Republic of Croatia and at least three other countries and aliens who are members of representative bodies of foreign endowments and foundations registered in the Register of the representative offices of foreign endowments and foundations in the Republic of Croatia.
The Aliens Act explicitly defines who shall be deemed to be carrying key activities in companies, branch offices or representative offices of foreign companies (Article 120(1) of the Aliens Act).

 
Business permit

Business permit is no longer defined as residence and work permit, but solely as a permission to work in the Republic of Croatia, and aliens shall, before starting their employment and apart from having issued business permit, be obliged to have granted temporary stay for the purpose of employment.  

 
Business permit may be issued to:
  • private founders of companies in the Republic of Croatia or aliens who have majority share in a company of at least 51%, and carry out business in the Republic of Croatia,
  • sole proprietors who have registered their business in the Republic of Croatia, or one of the co proprietors of joint proprietorship,
  • aliens engaged in freelancing, in line with the regulations of the Republic of Croatia,
  • aliens providing services on behalf of a foreign employer.
Business permit may be issued to private founders of companies or aliens who have majority share in a company of at least 51% only on the basis of approval issued by the Croatian Chamber of Economy through its competent County Chamber (Article 132(4) of the Aliens Act).
 

Business permit may be issued to persons engaged in freelancing only if they possess adequate qualification, financial means and if carrying out of their freelancing activity is in the interests of the Republic of Croatia. Business permit may be issued upon the registration at the adequate register of the Republic of Croatia in line with special provisions that is upon the registration at the register proscribed by the ordinance enacted by the head of the central authority of the state administration competent for a specific activity (Article 132(6) of the Aliens Act).

Business permit may be issued to aliens providing services on behalf of a foreign employer only on the basis of approval issued by the Croatian Chamber of Economy through its competent County Chamber (Article 133(3) of the Aliens Act).

Business permit may be issued to aliens who are citizens of the European Union member countries without an approval of the Croatian Chamber of Economy (Article 132(7) and Article 133(5) of the Aliens Act).
 
The Ordinance on granting approval in the procedure of issuing business permits to aliens (Official Gazette 61/09) proscribes the terms and conditions upon which competent county chambers give they approval in the procedure of issuing and prolonging business permits to aliens and its provision entered into force on 27 May 2009.
 
Work without a work or business permit

 The Aliens Act prescribes the following categories of aliens that shall be exempted from the work or business permit requirement in the Republic of Croatia for up to 30 days during a year:

1. authors and art performers in the fields of music, music-and-stage and dance, as well as accompanying reporting, organisational and technical staff,

2.  aliens participating at fairs or exhibitions at which their employers exhibit,

3.  aliens participating in sports events and competitions in the Republic of Croatia as representatives of foreign teams, clubs or state delegations.

The following categories of aliens may work up to 60 days during a year without work or business permit:
 
1. authors and technical staff participating in opera, ballet, theatre, concert, visual arts and other cultural events, that is authors and performers in the fields of film and television art,

2. aliens – lecturers participating at organised professional gatherings and seminars.

 

The following categories of aliens may work up to 90 days during a year without work or business permit:

1. procurators, management and supervisory board members of companies who perform certain work for a company, not being employed by the company,

2. aliens offering services in tourism in line with special provisions,

3. experts for cultural heritage protection, library and archives science,

4. students coming for practical training through authorised organisation or student exchange program,

5. aliens performing professional education and training of persons employed with legal entities and natural persons in the Republic of Croatia,

6. aliens attending professional training in a legal entity having seat in the Republic of Croatia which is linked to the foreign employer in organisational terms,

7. aliens employed in circuses or amusement parks,

8. aliens engaged in activities related to the delivery, assembly or services of machinery and equipment, whose work is included as a condition in warranty rights, or is related to the delivery of machinery or equipment,

9. students coming to volunteer in working camps and similar working and educational programs organised by Croatian associations or institutions.

The mentioned categories of aliens shall not start working prior to having obtained a certificate of the acknowledgment of work without work or business permit issued by the competent local police administration or police station depending on the location on which business is being carried out (Article 139 of the Aliens Act).

The following categories of aliens may work without work or business permit:
 

1. university professors, native speakers of foreign languages, foreign-language instructors and other lecturers invited to teach by Croatian universities, scientists participating in scientific and professional training, scientists – representatives of international organisations, as well as scientists who will participate in scientific and research projects important for the Republic of Croatia,

2. administrative staff, experts, teachers and lecturers from foreign cultural, educational and scientific institutions, performing their work in the Republic of Croatia as part of cultural and educational co-operation programmes, as well as administrative staff, experts, teachers and lecturers of foreign cultural, educational and scientific institutions which have their branches in the Republic of Croatia, if they are coming from their mother institutions,

3. civil and military government officials from other countries, working in the Republic of Croatia on the basis of co-operation agreements with the Government of the Republic of Croatia,

4. members of international missions doing scientific research in the Republic of Croatia approved by the Government of the Republic of Croatia,

5. foreign correspondents accredited in the Republic of Croatia or foreign media reporters,

6. aliens performing activities or professional training pertaining to defence and home affairs on the basis of international treaties.

7. representatives and staff of religious communities while performing work exclusively related to the religious or charitable service,

8.  students coming for practical training through authorised organisation,

9.  students coming for practical training to diplomatic missions or consular offices of states which they are citizens of and which are accredited in the Republic of Croatia,

10. young persons working in civil society organisations within the international exchange program and cooperation of volunteers in the European Union,

11. aliens coming into the Republic of Croatia to complete their practical training in companies, branches or their representative offices owned by foreign companies, if these aliens come from that mother company or their representative office or branch in some other state,

12. aliens coming in line with special provisions as flying instructors or students of educational aircraft programs,

13. aliens performing surveillance and inspection activities related to overhaul and building of ships,

14. aliens working on foreign vessels and registered as crew members.

The mentioned categories of aliens who plan to stay longer than 90 days shall be obliged to regulate their temporary stay for the purpose of employment without work or business permit.

The mentioned categories of aliens who shall work shorter than 90 days or legal or natural persons, who shall use their services, shall be obliged to obtain a certificate of the acknowledgment of work without work or business permit issued by the competent police administration or police station. 


Legal and natural persons who shall use services of the mentioned categories must have a concluded contract or some other adequate certificate.

The following categories of aliens may work without work or business permit:
 

1. aliens granted permanent stay,

2. aliens granted asylum,

3. aliens granted temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification with a Croatian national, an alien on permanent stay or an asylee,

4. aliens granted temporary stay on the grounds of humanitarian reasons,

5. aliens having the status of regular pupils or students in the Republic of Croatia, provided that they get work through the mediation of authorised agents, without getting employed,

6. aliens granted temporary stay for the purpose of scientific research referred to in Article 67 of the said Act,

7. aliens granted an autonomous stay permit in the Republic of Croatia (Article 140 of the Aliens Act).


The provisions of the Aliens Act related to the work of aliens do neither apply to aliens who work and carry out projects in the Republic of Croatia based on the international agreements on professional and technical assistance, signed between the Republic of Croatia and the European Union, other country or international organisation, nor to the work of volunteers who work in non-profit organisations and institutions in the Republic of Croatia.

The Aliens Act (Official Gazette 79/07) prescribes the provisions related to the entry, stay and work of nationals of the European Economic Area member countries and their family members (Title XI of the Aliens Act), as well as the provisions related to the stay and work of third-country nationals who have been granted permanent stay in another European Economic Area member state and their family members (Title XII of the Aliens Act). These provisions shall enter into force on the day of accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union.
 

Exceptionally, nationals of the European Economic Area member states who possess a valid identity card or a valid passport, means of subsistence and health insurance, may be granted temporary stay for up to one year, if they own an adequate housing facility or if they are members of a nuclear family of the owner (Article 163(a) of the Act on the Amendments to the Aliens Act).

Aliens who had been granted temporary stay on the basis of Article 37(1) ((4)) of the Aliens Act (Official Gazette 109/03) until the Act on the Amendments to the Aliens Act entered into force and to whom temporary stay had been granted again and who own real estate in the Republic of Croatia, may have their temporary stay granted for the period of up to one year (Article 68 of the Amendments to the Aliens Act).  

Proceedings initiated prior to the entering into force of the Act on the Amendments to the Aliens Act (Official Gazette 36/09) shall be completed pursuant to the provisions of the new Act.

 

Traffic accidents with a foreign registration vehicle involved

 

In cases of traffic accidents with a foreign registration vehicle involved, a police officer who investigated the scene of accident shall issue a Vehicle damage certificate to the vehicle owner. This certificate is necessary to cross the state border.

There is no obligation, on part of the police station responsible for the area where the traffic accident in question happened, to issue to a foreign national who was involved in the traffic accident any official document. The police station in question shall communicate such documents upon a request in a written form.

The document that foreign nationals or insurers most frequently request is the Traffic Accident Investigation Records.

Do you need a visa?

The Government of the Republic of Croatia has adopted the Regulation on the Visa Regime (Official Gazette 41/08) which entered into force on 1 May 2008. The said Regulation lays down the visa regime of the Republic of Croatia and the amount of financial means that aliens are required to have to support themselves during their stay in the Republic of Croatia and to return to the country they came from or to travel to a third country. 

The Regulation comprises a list of countries whose nationals are required a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia and stay up to 90 days, or transit the territory of the Republic of Croatia, as well as the list of countries whose nationals, holders of valid travel documents, may enter the Republic of Croatia without a visa.
 

Visas are issued by diplomatic missions or consular posts of the Republic of Croatia abroad. Exceptionally, visas may be issued by border control authorities, and that is due to humanitarian, serious professional or personal reasons (these are prescribed in details in the Rulebook on Aliens’ Travel Documents, Visas and Treatment of Aliens).

Generally, aliens staying in the Republic of Croatia on the basis of a visa cannot extend the said visa. Exceptionally, only travel visa can be extended due to force majeure, humanitarian, serious professional or personal reasons. Note: Even when the visa is extended, aliens CANNOT stay in the Republic of Croatia longer than 90 days in a period of six months, counting from the day of their first entry.

The application for the extension of a travel visa is submitted to the competent authority: police administration/police station, according to the alien’s place of stay. The Ministry of the Interior decides on the application.

The application for the visa extension has to be submitted prior to the expiration of the existing visa.

  • Humanitarian reasons are considered to be the following:
  • urgent medical assistance
  • unpredicted events concerning immediate family members (illness, death and similar)
 
  • Serious professional or personal reasons are considered to be the following:
  • urgent business visit
  • arrival upon a written invitation of state authorities
  • participation in procedures before state authorities
  • entry into the Republic of Croatia of a ship’s crew in order to board a vessel that is in a port in the Republic of Croatia or to set ashore and return to their country of origin
  • change of the state delegation member on a working or official visit to the Republic of Croatia, of participants at seminars, congresses or similar events
  • participation in sports and cultural events

  • Personal reasons are considered to be the following:
  • changes in air and other types of traffic, which are a result of objective technical difficulties or other force majeure
  • entry into the Republic of Croatia on cruise ships for the purpose of a tourist visit
  • participation in procedures before state authorities
  • annulling the decision by which the entry is refused
  • entry into the Republic of Croatia on “mega yachts” for the purpose of a tourist visit
 
  • Visas can exceptionally be issued only at certain international border crossing points, and that is at the border:
  1. with Slovenia: Kaštel, Rupa, Pasjak, Jurovski Brod, Bregana, Macelj and Dubrava Križovljanska;
  2. with Hungary: Goričan, Terezino Polje and Donji Miholjac;
  3. with Serbia: Erdut and Bajakovo;
  4. with Montenegro: Karasovići;
  5. with Bosnia and Herzegovina: Županja, Slavonski Brod, Stara Gradiška, Maljevac, Jasenovac, Hrvatska Kostajnica, Ličko Petrovo Selo, Kamensko, Vinjani Donji and Metković;
  6. at all international maritime and air border crossing points;
  7. at river border crossing points: Osijek, Vukovar and Slavonski Brod.

 

Only single entry and single transit visas are issued at border crossing points and the visa application fee in such cases amounts to HRK 520,00.

 Asylum

 

The Asylum Act, which entered into force on 1 January 2008, lays down the principles, requirements and procedure for granting asylum, subsidiary protection and temporary protection, the status, rights and obligations of asylum seekers, asylees, aliens under subsidiary protection, aliens under temporary protection, and requirements and procedure for the cancellation and termination of asylum status, subsidiary and temporary protection.

Pursuant to the said Act it shall be considered that:

  • asylum seekers are aliens who have submitted asylum applications and are awaiting final decisions
  • asylees are aliens who have been granted asylum
  • aliens under subsidiary protection are aliens who have been granted protection in case when they do not fulfil the asylum requirements and there is reason to believe that by returning to their country of origin they would be exposed to serious injustice
  • aliens under temporary protection are aliens who have been granted temporary protection in case of mass influx of aliens to the Republic of Croatia from the country in which, due to a war or war-like state, general violence or internal conflicts, human rights have been violated.
 
  • Right to asylum

Asylum shall be granted to the following categories of aliens:

  • aliens who are outside the country of their origin and owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of their race, religion, nationality, affiliation to a particular social group or political opinion are unable or owing to such fear are unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of that country
  • stateless persons who are outside the country of their habitual residence and who are unable or, owing to fear, are unwilling to return to that country
  • aliens who prove well-founded fear of persecution for the above stated reasons.
 
  • Where to apply for asylum?

Aliens shall apply for asylum at the Asylum Seekers Reception Centre, Sisačka 3, 44 320 Kutina. Aliens may express their intention to apply for asylum:

  • pending border control at border crossing points
  • at any police administration / police station if they are already in the Republic of Croatia.

Aliens who have entered the Republic of Croatia illegally, arriving directly from the territory where they suffered persecution within the meaning of the Geneva Convention and when there is actual danger that they might be exposed to serious injustice upon returning to their country of origin, shall not be punished for illegal entry or stay if they apply for asylum without delay and if they submit valid reasons for their illegal entry or stay.

 
  • Authorities competent for decision making

The Ministry of the Interior, Department for Aliens and Asylum shall decide on asylum applications in the first instance.

The Commission for Asylum shall decide on appeals against the decision of the Ministry of the Interior in the second instance.

The administrative dispute against the Commission’s decision may be initiated before the Administrative Court of the Republic of Croatia. However, such an appeal does not suspend the enforcement of the decision.


  • Rights and obligations of asylum seekers

Asylum seekers are entitled to:
  • stay in the Republic of Croatia (from the day of their asylum application until the completion of the procedure)
  • provision of basic living conditions and accommodation (pending the asylum procedure they are entitled to be accommodated at the Asylum Seekers Reception Centre). Asylum seekers may at their own expense and with a prior approval obtained from the Ministry reside at any address in the Republic of Croatia
  • health care
  • primary and secondary education
  • financial aid (if asylum seekers are unemployed, do not possess any financial means or if their living expenses have not been covered in any other way)
  • free legal assistance, which consists of the following: providing basic information on rights and obligations in the procedure, assistance in lodging an appeal and representation before the Commission for Asylum (asylum seekers may choose a person to represent them from the list of free legal assistance providers)
  • humanitarian aid
  • freedom of religion and religious education of children
  • work (granted one year following the asylum application in case the asylum procedure has not been completed)
  • asylum seekers’ identity card with a photograph
  • an interpreter for the language they are reasonably assumed to understand
  • appointment of a guardian for minors and adults without legal competence.

Asylum seekers shall:
  • abide by the Constitution, laws and other regulations of the Republic of Croatia
  • comply with the house rules of the Reception Centre
  • cooperate with the competent state authorities of the Republic of Croatia and act upon their instructions and measures
  • answer the calls of the Ministry and cooperate throughout the asylum procedure
  • report to the Ministry any change of address within three days
  • comply with the Ministry’s instructions and measures regarding any restriction of the freedom of movement
  • undergo medical examination, interviewing with the use of sound-recording, fingerprinting, photographing and other activities with a view to establishing their identity
  • stay in the Republic of Croatia pending the asylum procedure
  • allow their personal possessions to be checked before entering the Reception Centre.
 
  • Asylum and subsidiary protection

Asylum shall be granted to aliens who are outside the country of their nationality or to stateless persons who are outside the country of their habitual residence and who, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of their race, religion, nationality, affiliation to a particular social group or political opinion are unable or owing to such fear are unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of that country.

Subsidiary protection is the protection granted to aliens who do not fulfil the asylum requirements and there is reason to believe that by returning to their country of origin they would be exposed to serious injustice and therefore they are not able or not willing to seek the protection of that country.


  • Rights and obligations of asylees and aliens under subsidiary protection

Asylees and aliens under subsidiary protection are entitled to:

  • stay in the Republic of Croatia
  • accommodation (not longer than 12 months following the issuance of a valid decision granting them a right to asylum or subsidiary protection)
  • work (asylees are not required to have a work or business permit)
  • health care
  • education (under the same conditions as Croatian nationals)
  • freedom of religion and religious education of children
  • free legal assistance (which includes: providing general information on the rights and obligations arising from the granted asylum and subsidiary protection, assistance in lodging an appeal and representation before the Commission for Asylum in case the asylum or subsidiary protection are terminated or cancelled)
  • social care (if they have no income, do not possess any property or financial means and have no one to support them, pursuant to the regulations on social care provided to Croatian nationals)
  • reunion with a family member if they already had a family in their country of origin. Asylees: with their spouse if they have entered the marriage or common law marriage prior to submitting their asylum application in the Republic of Croatia, with unmarried minor children, and with parents or legal guardian in case of a minor asylee. Aliens under subsidiary protection: with a family member who arrived in the Republic of Croatia together with an alien under subsidiary protection but has not applied for asylum and has not been granted protection. Children of aliens under subsidiary protection born in the Republic of Croatia share the legal status of their legal guardian
  • asylees are entitled to assistance in integrating into social life
  • identity card for asylees (issued with a period of validity of 5 years), travel document for asylees (issued with a period of validity of 2 years)
  • identity card for aliens under subsidiary protection (issued with a period of validity of 1 year);

An asylee’s family member staying in the Republic of Croatia pursuant to the provisions of the Aliens Act, shall be entitled to the same rights as an asylee.

Asylees and aliens under subsidiary protection shall:
  • abide by the Constitution, laws and other regulations of the Republic of Croatia
  • report their residence address and any changes of the address within 8 days.
 
  • Temporary protection

Temporary protection shall be granted to aliens in the event of their mass influx into the Republic of Croatia from a country in which, due to a war or a war-like state, general violence or internal conflicts, human rights have been violated, in cases when their country of origin is not willing or is not able to protect them, and in case when, due to a large number of persons, the asylum procedure cannot be carried out efficiently and in the interest of all the individuals seeking protection.

The Government of the Republic of Croatia shall decide on the necessity of granting temporary protection, as well as on the suspension of prerequisites for granting of temporary protection.

Aliens shall be granted temporary protection if:

  • prior to the occurrence of the above stated situation and prior to their immediate entry into the Republic of Croatia as a result of such state, they had a registered residence in the country in question
  • they were staying legally in the Republic of Croatia when such situation occurred and upon the expiry of their legal stay, their return to the country of origin was temporarily not possible.

Temporary protection shall be granted by the Ministry for a period of one year.
Temporary protection may be extended for six months if there are valid reasons for its extension, but it can be granted for no longer than three years in total.

 

  • Rights and obligations of aliens under temporary protection

Aliens under temporary protection are entitled to:

  • stay in the Republic of Croatia
  • provision of basic living conditions and accommodation
  • health care
  • primary and secondary education
  • information on their rights and obligations
  • work (pursuant to the legal provisions on the work of aliens in the Republic of Croatia)
  • family reunification
  • freedom of religion and religious education of children
  • identity card for aliens under temporary protection (issued with a period of validity of one year).

Aliens who apply for asylum while under temporary protection are not entitled to asylum seekers’ rights in the course of their temporary protection.
The obligations prescribed for asylum seekers shall be applied to aliens under temporary protection accordingly.


Citizenship

 

- Application for Croatian citizenship

 

Aliens (persons not having Croatian citizenship) can acquire Croatian citizenship by naturalization upon having submitted an application for Croatian citizenship, provided they meet the prerequisites laid down by the Croatian Citizenship Act.

The application is submitted at the local Police Administration or police station in the Republic of Croatia, or at the competent diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Croatia abroad.

The procedure for acquiring Croatian citizenship is carried out by the Ministry of the Interior and the decision issued by the Minister.

Croatian citizenship is acquired on the day of the receipt of a positive decision.

Once the positive decision has been served, the person is entered into the Register of Citizens at the competent registry office.

A certificate of Croatian citizenship is issued at the competent registry office.

When applying for Croatian citizenship, the following shall be submitted:

  • Letter of application
  • Questionnaire
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of citizenship
  • The Certificate on Impunity by competent foreign authority of the state of which the applicant is citizen and the state in which he has permanent stay, in original or in properly certified photocopy with translation to Croatian language, not older than 6 months
  • Valid identity document, a certified copy
  • Administrative fee in the amount of KN 20.00

For minor children, a birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship and a written consent of a child older than 14 shall also be submitted.

Depending on the grounds for acquiring Croatian citizenship, other documents shall be submitted as well:

-         If Croatian citizenship is acquired on grounds of the residence in the Republic of Croatia - proof of legal residence and its duration in the Republic of Croatia (alien identity card, certificate of registered residence, travel document with entered data on residence),

-         If Croatian citizenship is acquired on grounds of being born in the Republic of Croatia - proof of legal residence and its duration in the Republic of Croatia (alien identity card, certificate of registered residence, travel document with entered data on residence),

-         If Croatian citizenship is acquired on grounds of marriage to a Croatian national - documents proving permanent settlement status, marriage certificate not older than six months, spouse’s certificate of Croatian citizenship,

-         Members of the Croatian nation shall submit documents of older date proving their own declaration of nationality or of their parents – birth certificates, marriage certificates, student’s course and grade books, school certificates, employment record cards etc.

-         Emigrants shall submit documents proving their emigration from the territory of the Republic of Croatia, and descendants of emigrants should also prove their kinship to the emigrant (children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren),

-         An alien whose admission to Croatian citizenship would be of interest for the Republic of Croatia shall also submit the opinion of the competent ministry on the existence of interest for the admission into Croatian citizenship,

-         A person who has been released from Croatian citizenship shall also submit proof of the acquisition of foreign citizenship as well as proof of the termination of Croatian citizenship.

In case of a positive decision, an administrative fee in the amount of KN 1,500.00 shall be paid in the country, or at a diplomatic / consular post in accordance with consular fees.


 

- Application for termination of Croatian citizenship

 


An application for the termination of Croatian citizenship can be submitted by Croatian nationals if, apart from having Croatian citizenship, they have foreign citizenship, or if the other country guarantees their admission into their citizenship on the condition that they terminate Croatian citizenship, and they can terminate their Croatian citizenship by fulfilling the prerequisites prescribed by law.

The application is submitted at the local Police Administration / police station in the Republic of Croatia, or at the competent diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Croatia abroad.

When applying for Croatian citizenship, the following shall be submitted:

  • Letter of application
  • Questionnaire
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of Croatian citizenship
  • Valid identity document, a certified copy
  • Administrative fee in the amount of KN 20.00

For minor children, a birth certificate, a certificate of Croatian citizenship and a written consent of a child older than 14 shall also be submitted.
 

 

Release from Croatian citizenship

 

-         Guarantee of admission into citizenship issued by a foreign authority
-         Translation into Croatian language certified by the competent court interpreter

 

 

Renouncement of Croatian citizenship

 

-         Instead of a letter of application, a statement on the renouncement of citizenship
-         Proof of foreign citizenship
-         Proof of registered residence abroad

In case of a positive decision, an administrative fee in the amount of KN 3,600.00 shall be paid in the country, or at a diplomatic / consular post in accordance with consular fees.


 

- Determination of Croatian citizenship


An application for the determination of Croatian citizenship can be submitted by persons who are not registered in the Register of Croatian Citizens, but have acquired this status pursuant to the regulations valid until the date of entering into force of the Croatian Citizenship Act. The fulfilment of legal prerequisites for the subsequent entering into the Register of Citizens is determined in accordance with the regulations valid at the time the applicant was born.
 
When applying for Croatian citizenship, the following shall be submitted:

  • Letter of application
  • Questionnaire
  • Birth certificate
  • Valid identity document, certified copy
  • Certificate that the person has not been registered in the Register of Citizens at the local registry office at the time of birth according to the regulations valid at the time
  • Certificate of Croatian citizenship or certificate of being registered in the Register of Citizens of one or both parents

The procedures for determining Croatian citizenship shall be carried out for persons who acquired their Croatian citizenship status in accordance with the regulations valid until the date of entering into force of the Croatian Citizenship Act (8 October 1991), and were not registered in the Register of Citizens by mistake.