Immigrate to Croatia - Legal Assistance for Foreigners
Immigrate to CroatiaUpdated on Monday 30th October 2023
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|Entry visa requirement (from EU)|| |
Entry visa requirement (outside EU)
Types of visas available
- short-stay visa,
- long-stay visa for students, workers, and family reunification,
- tourist visa,
- business visa
|Time frame for obtaining work visa (approx.)|| |
Around 3 months
|Validity of the temporary residence permit|| |
|Time frame for obtaining permanent residence (approx.)|| |
|Investor Visa Availability|| |
|Sponsorship requirement|| |
|Time frame for obtaining citizenship||2 years|
|Citizenship/Residency by investment scheme availability||Yes|
|Tax benefits for expats|| |
- no tax on interest payments and dividends received abroad,
- no income tax on capital gains from trading activities
|Types of residence permits|| |
- work purposes,
- family reunification,
- medical treatment, etc.
Long-stay visa available for
|Foreigners accepting a job in Croatia|
Who issues the temporary residence permit for Croatia?
Local police department
|Digital nomad visa available (YES/NO)||YES|
|Registration with the local authorities (YES/NO)|| |
|Formalities for study purposes relocation to Croatia|| |
- obtaining the long-stay student visa,
- registration with the local authorities,
- getting a residence permit
|Validity of family reunification residence permit|| |
|Residence permit ID number|| |
- opening a bank account,
- purchasing a local phone number,
- registering with relevant authorities, etc.
|Is permanent residence granted for an indefinite period?|| |
Yes, those obtaining permanent residence in Croatia do not need to apply for an extension of such document.
|Ways to get Croatian citizenship|| |
- by naturalization,
- by birth,
- by descent,
- by marriage
|Documentation for personal belongings relocation|| |
- valid passport,
- work and residence permit,
- other forms, if applicable
|Visa fee (approx.)|| |
|Dual citizenship permitted|| |
No, Croatia does not allow dual citizenship
|Type of services we provide|| |
Legal assistance for:
- relocation to Croatia,
- obtaining visas and residence permits,
- applying for citizenship,
- business relocation, etc.
|Why work with our Croatian lawyers?|| |
- wide experience in immigration matters,
- affordable costs
Do I need a visa for Croatia?
- The Croatian Embassy or Consulate is the institution that accepts foreign visa applications.
- In addition to presenting a valid passport, you also need information on sources of income to cover your entire stay in Croatia.
- Information about domicile in Croatia is required.
- Approximately USD 30,000 in health insurance is required by the authorities as part of the visa application.
- If you relocate to Croatia for a few months for business purposes, a Letter of Guarantee must mention this aspect.
Who should apply for long-term visa for Croatia?
5 simple steps for a proper immigration process in Croatia
- Find out about the visa required - Non-EU citizens must apply for certain visas, depending on the length of stay, either short-term or long-term. One of our specialists can help you with the necessary documents and formalities.
- Conclude contracts with suppliers before immigration to Croatia - This step is important before you migrate to Croatia. You can rely on a lawyer to explain you the contractual conditions, if applicable.
- Rent or buy a property before moving to Croatia - This can be done at the same time as applying for the required visa. Also, in this case you can benefit from our help, as we collaborate with different real estate agencies.
- Register with the relevant authorities - It is important to register with the local authorities as soon as you arrive in Croatia. Thus, you will have the guarantee that your stay in this country is legal.
- Apply for a residence and work permit - if you have accepted a job in Croatia it is necessary to have all the approvals to be able to work legally. The residence permit is another important document to obtain when you immigrate to Croatia.
How to apply for a short-term visa for Croatia
Residence permit in Croatia
- Copy of the birth certificate, to which is added a legalized translation.
- The passport or other identification document must be valid.
- Health insurance is required.
- The authorities may request a criminal record or may make certain checks in this regard.
- Information about your finances, but also about the reason for your stay will be requested by the authorities in charge of issuing the residence permit.
A short guide to migration to Croatia
- Apply for the visa needed to migrate to Croatia. One of our lawyers can help you from the beginning.
- A residence permit is also required for those who have a visa for only 90 days in Croatia. The process and formalities for obtaining this document are quite simple.
- It is recommended to look for a house to rent in Croatia, in order to have the guarantee that you have a place to move when you arrive in this country. Here also you can be helped by our team of specialists.
- If you want to relocate with a minor child, it is important that both parents sign a specific agreement, if they are separated.
- Those who immigrate to Croatia due to an accepted a job will be helped by the employing company, regarding the necessary documents. Collaboration with our lawyers in Croatia is necessary.
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Why immigrate to Croatia
- More than USD 29.8 billion was the total FDI stock for Croatia in 2019.
- According to the 2020 Doing Business report provided by the World Bank, Croatia ranked 51st out of 190 world economies in terms of simplifying business formalities and more.
- Most foreign investments in Croatia are absorbed by the services sector, one of the most prolific.