How to regulate the status of minor children – third-country nationals in the Republic of Croatia
Pursuant to the provisions of the Aliens Act, minor children – third-country nationals may be granted temporary stay in the Republic of Croatia if they meet the requirements laid down by the Aliens Act and by-laws, for the following purposes:
- Family reunification (for example, minor children whose parents or adoptive parents have been granted temporary/permanent stay or long-term residence are third-country nationals who have been granted protection based on special regulation laying down international protection, or are Croatian nationals). A Parent or a guardian of a child born in the Republic of Croatia has to submit an application for the child’s temporary stay by his or her age of three months,
- Secondary school education (it can be granted to a minor arriving under the student exchange programme approved by the ministry competent for education and science),
- Humanitarian grounds (it can be granted to a minor – a human trafficking victim or a minor – a foreign national who has been abandoned or is a victim of organised crime or has otherwise been deprived of parental protection and care, or has become unaccompanied). Note: an application for temporary stay for this category of minors is submitted by the minor’s guardian in his or her presence
- Other purposes (for example, medical treatment and others – this has to be proved by providing the relevant documentation).
- Consent of the other parent is required for granting temporary stay to a minor child, which is given when the parent signs the request and the responsible officer notes down that the parent’s identity has been established. If one of the parents is not present, a consent may be given in a form of a written statement certified by a notary public. No consent is required if only one parent has been given parental care rights.