Long-Term Residence and Permanent stay

LONG-TERM RESIDENCE
Long-term residence may be granted to third-country nationals who have been legally staying in the Republic of Croatia for an uninterrupted period of five years before submitting their application, which includes temporary stay, asylum or subsidiary protection.

It is considered that third-country nationals have stayed in the Republic of Croatia for an uninterrupted period of time if their several-time absence from the Republic of Croatia within a period of five years did not exceed 10 months, or if their one-time absence did not exceed 6 months.

Third-country nationals need to have a valid temporary stay status, asylum or subsidiary protection in the Republic of Croatia at the time of the decision on their long-term residence.

Long-term residence will not be granted to third-country nationals whose asylum or subsidiary protection has been revoked.

An application for  long-term residence (Form 1a) is submitted at a competent police administration/police station according to the alien’s place of temporary residence. The decision with regard to the application is made by the Ministry of the Interior.

The time required for granting long-term residence does not include:
  1. stay on the basis of an issued stay and work permit for seasonal workers
  2. stay on the basis of an issued stay and work permit for service providers
  3. temporary stay granted to posted workers
  4. stay on the basis of an issued stay and work permit for volunteers
  5. stay on the basis of an issued stay and work permit for trainees
  6. stay on the basis of an issued stay and work permit for intra-corporate transferees and their family members
  7. stay on the basis of an issued stay and work permit for other essential personnel, as defined by the Protocol of Accession of the Republic of Croatia to the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the World Trade Organisation, as well as their family members
  8. stay on the basis of an issued stay and work permit for frontier workers
  9. stay granted for other purposes
  10. stay granted for the purpose of secondary school education
  11. the time spent serving a prison sentence.

For third-country nationals who have been granted temporary stay for the purpose of university studies, only half of their temporary stay period for the purpose of university studies is included when calculating the time required for granting long-term residence.

For third-country nationals who have an asylee status or who have been granted subsidiary protection, only half of the time spent from the day of their application for international protection on the basis of which they were granted the said status until the day they were granted international protection, or the whole time if it is longer than 18 months, is included when calculating the time required for granting long-term residence.

Requirements for granting  long-term residence:

Long-term residence will be granted to aliens who:
  1. have a valid travel document,
  2. have funds to support themselves,
  3. have health insurance,
  4. have the knowledge of the Croatian language and Latin script,
  5. are not considered threat for public policy, national security or public health.

Testing of the knowledge of the Croatian language and Latin script is conducted by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zadar, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula.

Pursuant to a notification by the Ministry of Science and Education, notification has been received from the following institutions that they also conduct the above testing: ŠKOLA STRANIH JEZIKA – ŽIGER, Stanka Vraza 37, Varaždin; EDUKACIJSKI CENTAR, Education Institution, Domovinskog rata 46, Split; SVIJET JEZIKA, Adult Education Institution, Vodnikova 12, Zagreb; SOVA JEZIČNO UČILIŠTE, Adult Education Institution, Varšavska 14, Zagreb, DANTE Adult Education Institution, Pomerio 23, Rijeka, Šibenska privatna gimnazija s pravom javnosti, Šibenik, Andrije Kačića Miošića 11 which can also organise Croatian language courses outside of its headquarters, in Zadar, Ulica A. G. Matoša 40, in Dubrovnik, Sustjepanska 4, in Split, Ulica Marina Držića 8, in Pula, Trierska 8, in Rijeka, Gajeva ul. 1, in Zagreb, Trnjanska 99, and in Varaždin, Ul. Jurja Križanića 33, and Pučko otvoreno učilište POUKA, Karlovac, Bogoslava Šuleka 29, Narodno učilište – educational and cultural institution from Rijeka, Školjić 9, Učilište JANTAR - Adult Education Institution, Split, Šimićeva 28, EKSPERT, Adult Education Institution, Rijeka, Dolac 8, Centar stranih jezika STUDIO ŽERJAV, Čakovec, Carinski odvojak bb, PUČKO OTVORENO UČILIŠTE LIBAR, Slavonski Brod, Nikole Zrinskog 28.

The following categories do not have to pass the exam testing the knowledge of the Croatian language and Latin script:
  1. preschool children,
  2. attendants of, or individuals who have completed their primary, secondary or higher education in the Republic of Croatia,
  3. individuals over the age of 65 unless they are employed.


PERMANENT STAY
Permanent stay may be granted to a third-country national who:
  • is a family member or a life partner of a Croatian citizen who, prior to the day of submission of his application, has had granted temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification or life partnership for an uninterrupted period of four years
  • is a member of the Croatian people with foreign citizenship or who is stateless and proves his status with a certificate issued by the state administration authority for Croats abroad if it is established that he has returned with the intention of residing permanently in the Republic of Croatia, provided that he has had granted temporary stay for an uninterrupted period of three years prior to the day of submission of his application
  • by the date of submission of his application, has had at least three years of uninterrupted temporary stay, and refugee status for at least 10 years, which is proven by a certificate issued by the state administration authority competent for housing care
  • is a minor child who has had granted temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification for an uninterrupted period of three years prior to the day of submission of his application, and one of the parents has had granted permanent stay or long-term residence
  • had permanent residence in the Republic of Croatia on 8 October 1991, and who is a beneficiary of a return, reconstruction or housing care programme, which is proven by a certificate issued by the state administration authority competent for housing care if it is established that he has returned with the intention of residing permanently in the Republic of Croatia, provided that he encloses proof of no criminal record issued by his home country or a country in which he resided for more than a year immediately prior to arriving in the Republic of Croatia, or to
  • underage children who live in the Republic of Croatia:
    • whose one parent had a permanent stay or long-term residence status at the moment of the child’s birth (with the consent of the other parent),
    • whose one parent had a permanent stay or long-term residence status in the Republic of Croatia at the moment of the child’s birth, and the other parent is unknown, dead, pronounced dead, deprived of parental rights or fully or partially deprived of legal capacity with regard to parental care,
  • third-country nationals who were born in the Republic of Croatia and have been living here since their birth, but who have not regulated their residence status for justified reasons that they could not have any impact on (which is proved by an extract from birth register, proof that they have attended preschool or school, proof of employment, proof of being beneficiaries of health care services or social rights and any other proof showing that the said person has been living in the Republic of Croatia).

Permanent stay will be granted to third-country nationals if they have a valid travel document and if they are not considered threat for public policy, national security or public health.
An application for permanent stay (Form 1a) is submitted at a competent police administration/police station according to the alien’s place of temporary residence. The decision with regard to the application is made by the Ministry of the Interior.

Administrative fees
Aliens have to pay an administrative fee in the amount of HRK 630 when collecting the decision on granted permanent stay or long-term residence and the amount of HRK 240 for the issuance of a biometric residence permit in regular procedure, or HRK 450 in accelerated procedure. Both amounts can be paid with a payment slip to the state budget account, IBAN of which can be obtained at the competent police administration/police station.

An administrative fee in the amount of HRK 105 is to be paid for a certified copy of a permanent stay or long-term residence decision.

NOTE: The administrative fee for permanent stay in the amount of HRK 630 may also be paid via internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR64, reference number: 5002-713-OIB (personal identification number (OIB) of an alien who administrative fee is being paid for).

Aliens who have not been assigned an OIB will have to enter the following reference number: 5002-713-the number of their valid travel document/identity card.

(IMPORTANT: maximum a ten-digit number, and if the number starts with zeros (0), they are omitted. Letter symbols, slashes, full stops, commas, etc. are also NOT to be written).

For example, if a travel document/identity card number of a foreign national is AZ004586, then the reference number reads: 5002-713-4586 (without letter symbols and zeros, and with maximum ten digits).

The fee for the production of a biometric residence permit in the amount of HRK 240 may also be paid via internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR65, reference number: 7005-485-OIB (personal identification number (OIB) of an alien who the fee is being paid for).

Aliens who have not been assigned an OIB will have to enter the following reference number: 7005-485-RKP-file number.