Permanent stay

Permanent stay 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 in the Republic of Croatia at the time of the decision on their permanent stay.

Permanent stay will not be granted to third-country nationals whose asylum or subsidiary protection has been revoked.

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.

The time required for granting permanent stay does not include:
  • stay based on a stay and work permit granted to seasonal workers, service providers, frontier workers, posted workers, intra-corporate transferees, other key personnel as defined by the Protocol of Accession of Croatia to the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization, as well as stay granted to family members of intra-corporate transferees and family members of other key personnel as defined by the Protocol of Accession of Croatia to the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization,
  • the time spent serving one’s 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 permanent stay.

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 permanent stay.

Permanent stay may also be granted to:
  • third-country nationals who, by the date of submission of their application, have had at least three years of uninterrupted temporary stay and at least 10 years of a refugee status, which is proved by a certificate issued by the competent government authority for refugees,
  • third-country nationals who had permanent residence in the Republic of Croatia on 8 October 1991, and who are beneficiaries of a return, reconstruction or housing care programme, which is proved by a certificate issued by the competent government authority for refugees, provided that it is established that they have returned with an intention of living in the Republic of Croatia on a permanent basis,
  • children who live in the Republic of Croatia:
    • whose both parents had a permanent stay status at the moment of the child’s birth,
    • whose one parent had a permanent stay status at the moment of the child’s birth (with the consent of the other parent),
    • whose one parent had a permanent stay 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).
Requirements for granting permanent stay

Permanent stay 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.

Permanent stay will be granted to third-country nationals referred to in Article 94, paragraph 1 of the Aliens Act (refugees, returnees, children living in the Republic of Croatia, persons born in the Republic of Croatia who have failed to regulate their status) if they have a valid travel document and if they 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, and Pučko otvoreno učilište POUKA, Karlovac, Bogoslava Šuleka 29, Narodno učilište – educational and cultural institution from Rijeka, Školjić 9.

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.

Upon submitting a written application for permanent stay, aliens have to pay an administrative fee in the amount of HRK 630 when collecting the decision on granted permanent stay and the amount of HRK 240 for the issuance of a biometric residence permit. 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 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.